Investigators – School Aged Program
NEW! Full time forest school, as well as more options for part time programs available for all school-aged children.
Nature School is so excited to offer our Investigators program as a Full-time and Part-time program (children ages 3.8-13). We provide an authentic learning experience through some of the most important developmental years of their lives. We welcome all students who would benefit from an innovative Project-based, Child-led program that takes place outdoors for the majority of the time.
Our main ‘classrooms’ are located within wooded areas on 22 acres of private land, which is adjacent to Beamer Falls Conservation Area, Grimsby.
Teachers are members of the Ontario College of Teachers in good standing, and qualified Early Childhood Educators who are dedicated to delivering a high quality, child centred, inquiry and project based Forest School Program.
The students spend the majority of their time outdoors, rain or shine, with access to indoor space. Internet access, laptops, printers, microscopes and a variety of other research and presentation tools will be available for the consolidation and reflection of learning that occurs in the woods.
The indoor space will be also be utilized in the case of inclement weather.
Introduction of key concepts and research tools are introduced individually or in small groups, depending on readiness, rather than grade. The Ontario Curriculum is consulted as a resource for the development and progression of skills. Teachers are guided by the student first, by the natural phenomenon (i.e.flooded field) and real-life events (i.e. decline in bee population) to act as a facilitator by providing the tools, access to resources and the support to develop projects, which will become more complex as the child matures.
Our goal is to foster the child’s relationship with the natural world, and increase their self-confidence as a learner and as a member of the community. We strive to help students develop their natural curiosity and sense of wonder about the world around them, leading them to be independent individuals who think critically, assess risk, ask questions, seek answers and become one who cares about Nature.