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 – toilet trained to 13. 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.

Jennifer GrimesDirector: Jennifer Grimes, OCT, BSc (Hons), BEd

Miss. 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. With a passion for the environment and social justice, Miss. Jen makes a great leader for our summer camps, school trips, homeschool programs and Saturday programs. She works part-time during the school year as an Educational Assistant, and has two young children who love spending time in the woods! Miss. Jen’s natural curiosity and relentless sense of wonder is sure to inspire some of the same in every participant.

Jaclyn GiesbrechtJaclyn Giesbrecht, OCT, BEd, BA

Miss.Jackie is a certified teacher with a background in History and English, and experience with outdoor education. She has been working with students for the past 4 years as a day camp instructor and program facilitator and hopes to continue her education by getting her ECE and Outdoor Education Additional Qualification. She has a passion for teaching outdoors, and engages with students in a genuine way while recognizing the learning/teaching opportunities that occur in such a rich and diverse setting. She hopes that Nature School will inspire young minds to take an avid interest in nature, and open up various avenues for learning and inquiry.

Joelle KanakisJoelle Kanakis

In the past 5 years as a daycare provider, Joelle has successfully incorporated nature in her program for learning, arts and crafts with the children in her care. Joelle is working towards getting her ECE diploma, while participation in many outdoor education workshops and training opportunities. Her children, aged 5 and 8 share her enthusiasm and passion for the natural world, and she looks forward to sharing it with your children, too!

Tiffany TierneyTiffany Tierney, ECE 

Tiffany is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who has gained experience from working with children of all ages, and understands the importance of developing the whole child through inquiry and play-based learning. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor with a passion for health and nutrition, and challenges herself to live a healthy balanced lifestyle. Her love of nature began as a young child going to cottages in the summer and exploring the forest near her house. This love of nature and ecological preservation has driven her to combine her passions, and further her experience through outdoor education. Tiffany is excited to share her love of the outdoors, and inspire our children to gain knowledge, empathy, and confidence through the world around them.

Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Grimes
  • Joelle Kanakis
  • Tiffany Tierney
  • Jackie Giesbrecht

Not for profit number 968452-2.

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