FAB Forest and Nature Schools
Make connections, be curious, and have fun!
Join us on our next adventure, as we wander the forests, connect with the land, and have friendly encounters with the flora and fauna of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. Learn by doing, ask questions, and uncover answers. Nature loving facilitators will be with you every step of the way, as you meet new friends and explore your own unique interests in the outdoors. Our days are a balance of forest play, experimentation, challenge, and creative expression. Prepare to be inspired!
What is Forest and Nature School?
You may have heard the term “Forest Kindergarten”, “Forest School”, or “Wild School”. These programs and others are part of the Forest and Nature School movement. The intention is to support children as they create deeper connections with the local environment, through child-directed experiences. Programs may take place in a city park, open green space, or National Forest but what takes place, is always the same – Children at play in Nature. The goal of Forest School is to support children as they create deeper connections with Nature through play, exploration, and their natural curiosities. Facilitators follow in the footprints made by the child, observing and supporting wherever they are needed.
Forest School is an extension of the Forest and Nature School pedagogy, where knowledge and experiences are shared and gained about plants, food systems and the balance between nature and human needs. From planting seeds for tomorrow, to caring for the needs of the forest and the environment as a whole, children are engaged in learning principals of science, through the changing seasons. With a strong focus on the future, we aim to farm with nature and learn to overcome challenges and adapt to change. As the saying goes, give someone a fish and they will eat for one night, show someone how to fish and they will never go hungry.
The Fall Session at Camp Traill will run for 10 weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday. At Camp Traill children are given the chance to explore the natural world in a way that brings them joy and excitement, which encourages learning new skills and expanding their self-awareness.
Camp Traill has an extensive trail network throughout its 365 acres; with so many trails to discover, we will explore new parts of the forest everyday together.
It is bound to be muddy and there will be days of sun, days of rain, and who knows, maybe a day or two of snow. That’s one of the many reasons being at Forest School is so much fun!
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area
The Fall Session at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area will run for 10 weeks, only on Mondays. At Forest School, we learn the importance of caring for our surroundings, the trees and plants, and develop a deeper sense of empathy, kindness, and resilience. If you listen carefully, you will hear the forests animals calling out to come and play. The birds will be sure to join us for a morning circle and share some of their songs with us too. It is bound to be muddy and there will be days of sun, days of rain, and who knows, maybe a day or two of snow. Mac Johnson will inspire creative play and nature connections, as we explore the many wonderful changes of the season.
Maximum Number of Participants: 16