About Us

Nature School and Education Centres’ goal is to promote, in it’s participants a connection to the environment and natural world.

With locations in Grimsby and St. Catharines, our outdoor, rain or shine, programs give students regular access to a greenspace they can call their own. Students of all ages will benefit in countless ways with unstructured time in nature.

Our indoor classroom is nature-based, with materials that promote open-ended play, authentic learning and creativity; rich in opportunities for art, inquiry and project-based learning.

Our students will participate in gardening and greening projects, revitalization of habitats and ecological restoration projects, composting, recycling and reduction of waste. Anything we can do to promote stewardship in our students.

We have programs in St. Catharines and Grimsby, for ages 3.8 to 13 years. We also welcome volunteers ages 14+, please contact our volunteer coordinator at info@natureschoolniagara.com..

We see ourselves as becoming a hub for the city and Niagara, where organizations and individuals can combine their efforts to help save the world!

For more information on Forest School in Ontario, please see the Forest and Nature School in Canada handbook.

Teacher Bios

Jennifer Grimes, Director & Teacher, OCT, BSc (Hons), BEd

Jennifer GrimesMiss. Jen is certified to teach elementary and secondary biology, science and individual in society courses and has a background in Special Education, Montessori and International Baccalaureate programs. She is currently completing her Forest School Practitioners Course through Forest School Canada/Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. This will be her second year facilitating the School-Aged Class, she is creative, innovative and truly understands  the value of a democratic, child-led classroom while addressing the needs of each individual student, academically, socially and emotionally. Her children Ollie and Willow join her everyday for class, and have become quite the advocates for insects, the environment and Nature School!  Miss. Jens’ experience, natural curiosity and relentless sense of wonder is sure to inspire some of the same in every participant.

Mark Chindemi, Teacher, Musician & Artist

Mark Chindemi

For the past ten years, I have worked as an educator throughout the Niagara region, and have taught in many kinds of school environments as a World Music Teacher. Further, as a Musician/Facilitator I have worked with many different groups of people, and this way of life has allowed me to continually fine-tune my skills and methods for teaching and learning.

Having a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Drama along with a Bachelor of Education Degree, and over 15 years of musical experience, I am highly effective in any educational setting.

My love for the outdoors and working with students come together beautifully in teaching at the Nature School. It is with honour that I aim to empower students to invest in their lives in caring for our planet, and become protectors of this land for future generations to come. The outdoors was the first classroom where students began to learn about life and the world around them, and where they can continue to discover their true potential.

A personal note from Mark:

“Teaching is about meaningful connections with people in ways that challenge perceptions, extend awareness and promote personal growth.”

~ We all have a genius inside, it just needs to be unleashed.~

Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Grimes
  • Monique Lacharite

Not for profit number 968452-2.

Niagara Nature School & Education Centre
Niagara Nature School & Education Centre