Nature School is a not-for-profit private school, recognized by the Ministry of Education, offering a full and part time program. We welcome all children, ages 3.8-13 . who would benefit from an innovative, project-based, child-led program that takes place outdoors for the majority of the time.
Our facilitators are members of the Ontario College of Teachers in good standing or a Registered Early Child Educator. All staff 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.
Introduction of key concepts and research tools are presented individually or in small groups, depending on readiness, rather than grade. Full-time students receive one-on-one tutoring. The Ontario Curriculum is consulted as a resource for the development and progression of skills.
Teachers are guided by the student, by the natural phenomenon (i.e.flooded field) and real-life events (i.e. decline in bee population) to act as a facilitator. They are available to help the child by providing support, resources and the tools to develop projects, which will become more complex as the child matures. Our research station includes ‘wi-fi free’ internet access, laptops, printers, microscopes and a variety of other research and presentation tools available for the consolidation and reflection of learning that occurs in the woods.
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.