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.
Farm and 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 animals on the farm, 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.
Furnace Falls Farm
The Spring Session at Furnace Falls Farm will run for 8 weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday. Join us as we welcome back our forest friends, longer days, and new farm friends too. The farm and forest have been resting, anticipating the many changes that Spring will welcome in. 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. Spring is a beautiful season to get outside and uncover new treasures and make great connections.
Maximum Number of Participants: 18
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area
The Spring Session at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area will run for 8 weeks, every Monday and Wednesday. Choose from the Half Day option for a morning of outdoor play or the Full Day option from 9AM to 3PM. If you listen carefully, you will hear the pond waking up from their Winter slumber and the forests calling out with new song. Some animals will be arriving from their southern homes, while others will be ready to get out and play after a long Winter’s nap. There will be tracks of plenty and tadpoles of many. The birds will be sure to join us for a morning circle and share some of their songs with us too. Mac Johnson will inspire creative play and nature connections, as we explore the many wonderful changes of the season. The warmer it gets, the more creative we get and of course, the more muddy we come home!
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Thank You to our Sponsors & Donors
Nature Program Sponsors
Spring Registration Is Open!
***Subsidies may be available for our FAB Forest School Programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss available options.
Please view registration form in the link below.