Imaginative and adventurous play is the most celebrated way for young children to learn and they can do it all here. Through imaginative and adventurous exploration delivered by certified teachers, we build resilience, teach empathy, celebrate diversity, celebrate nature with young children. Let us be their guides through hands-on, magical outdoor discovery without sacrificing academics. Watch while they discover and harness unique qualities within themselves and build confidence to take on their dreams! Register your child for a sponsored 5-week School in Nature program for free! Dates available from September to December Learning at School in Nature is based on our core values with academics high on the list. Environmental stewardship, cultural diversity and inclusivity are all celebrated through the magic of nature and outdoor exploration. Due to Covid 19 we will be responding to registrations on an individual basis.
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On the outskirts of Collingwood, groups of students spend their days outdoors learning bushcraft skills, building nature knowledge, and pursuing critter curiosity. The lesson plan might come from a turtle crossing from little pond to big pond, or it could be the result of someone discovering the sting of a knettle. An outdoor education is an important supplement to the traditional school education afforded to Ontario students, according to Kim and Matt Simpson, the lead teachers at Free Spirit Forest and Nature School. The couple has been running the school for five years, and use the property at Bygone Days Heritage Village 86 acres for forest and nature school classes. Students are often enrolled in public or private school and attend the forest school once a week. Students at forest school might spend the day weaving baskets, carving bowls, brewing violet jelly or cooking pesto from garlic mustard. They might make maple syrup or pine pitch glue. Students learn how to start fires, they learn about the medicinal properties of native plants, and they learn about the relationship between people and nature and how to make a positive impact.
The programs offered are hands-on, and experiential in nature. They combine freedom with form and take place both indoors and outdoors. The primary goals are to:. Established IMAGINE a place where children feel valued and respected, are a part of a community that supports their uniqueness, that is gentle and kind, that feeds their curiosity and love of learning, and that helps develop their self confidence and self reliance. IMAGINE a place that is grounded in a desire to nurture peaceful, creative, intelligent people who truly care about the earth and the people on it. The Forest School is this place.
She has over twelve years experience teaching both inside the classroom and outside. Shannon began by developing and implementing outdoor education programs in a private school setting with a local environmentalist. This is where her inspiration for nature-based education grew from! She performed extensive research on Forest Schools before developing and launching one of her own. Her focus is on providing quality nature-based education through an inquiry-based approach, and fostering a life-long love of learning in our natural environment for her students. Shannon is an active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys time running, hiking, SUP-ing, skiing, and snowshoeing with her young family when she is not teaching at Red-tailed Hawk!