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At Forest School

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing

The unwritten rule of forest school is to embrace the unexpected. The curriculum changes regularly; it is inspired the natural world, the seasons and children's interests. The forest school site is always evolving as new animals move through and the landscape responds to the weather. Of course, the weather can be unpredictable so it's best to be prepared with an extra change of clothes. Activities may include bird-watching, climbing trees, collecting treasures like sticks or stones (also known as "loose parts"), examining animal tracks, undertaking art projects, and do-it-yourself endeavours such as creating pulley systems and forts.

There’s also lots of time for individual exploration and play. Logs quickly transform into balance beams, and sticks into swords (the list is endless for sticks). Plans can change quickly if a child stumbles upon an interesting discovery like rabbit tracks or an iced-over puddle. Pre-literacy skills are developed through lots of discussion and story-telling. Seasonal songs and poems are woven into our days. Creativity and problem-solving skills, along with coordination and balance, are just a few of the skills enhanced through nature play.

There are many articles that sing the praises of forest schools and nature play. We feature some of them on our resources page for anyone interested in reading more.


Testimonials

  • Wild Wonder Forest School is a great addition to our community! The educators are wonderful, knowledgeable and really passionate about outdoor education. Our son had an incredible experience in the pilot program. It really helped him begin to understand what it means to be a friend of the forest!
    — Wild Wonder Parent
  • I've seen noticeable changes in confidence in all the children I know who attended the Wild Wonder Forest School pilot program. Positive changes in their bearing, approaching new situations, physical agility and kindness toward each other.
    — Wild Wonder Parent
  • It was a joy to send our daughter off for Forest school. Leanne & Agnes are wonderful educators and this knowledge is greatly reflected in the delivery of Wild Wonder Forest School. Highly recommended!
    — Wild Wonder Parent
  • I feel that a great deal of thought and care has gone into developing the Wild Wonder Forest School program content. This can be seen in the structure of the sessions, from introductory stories and songs to the variety of activities for children to engage in, and the Forest School "mythology".
    — Wild Wonder Parent

In the News

Sackville Town Council voted in favour of Wild Wonder using Beech Hill Park as our home for the next 5 years!

Read the Sackville Tribune-Post article >>


The Wild Wonder Forest School Pilot program was featured in an article featured in the Sackville Tribune-Post. It provides a great overview about what forest school is all about!

Read the Sackville Tribune-Post article >>


 

Upcoming programs

Check here for information about upcoming Wild Wonder Forest School programs.

Why forest school?

Children benefit greatly from having nature as the setting for early learning & play.

meet the educators

We are teachers passionate about connecting children with the world around them.