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Forest School

Nature is our classroom, where we develop a sense of independence and resilience while discovering the world around us.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an educational approach that has been around for more than 50 years in parts of Europe. It gives preschoolers the opportunity to discover nature through experiential, inquiry-based, and play-based learning.

Our Forest School Facilitators use their depth of knowledge to help children become independent thinkers. Forest School prepares children for traditional learning as they develop the five Kindergarten Readiness Indicators: a foundation for language, reasoning and social skills, and physical and emotional health.

The Outdoors is a Natural Teacher

Forest School creates a foundation for lifelong environmental stewardship by building an early connection to nature. It also promotes critical thinking, safe risk-taking, and knowledge of the natural world through outdoor exploration.

Our Forest School leaders spark engagement with nature by modelling excitement about outdoor play. They explore, create, build, and celebrate alongside the children. They then step back to observe the many connections that unfold.

Child bundled up in the winter.

Forest School Dates & Fees

Season Dates Fee
WINTER January 11 - March 18, 2021

*No Forest School on Louis Riel Day

Registration opens October 15, 2020
Monday/Wednesday: $475, $425 for Members

Tuesday/Thursday: $500, $450 for Members
SPRING April 5 – June 24, 2021

*No Forest School on Victoria Day

Registration opens January 15, 2021
Monday/Wednesday: $575, $525 for Members

Tuesday/Thursday: $600, $550 for Members
FALL September 13 – December 16, 2021

*No Forest School on Thanksgiving or Remembrance Day

Registration opens March 15, 2021
Monday/Wednesday: $675, $625 for Members

Tuesday/Thursday: $675, $625 for Members

Sessions

Option 1

Monday/Wednesday Mornings
9:00 am–11:45 am

Option 2

Monday/Wednesday Afternoons
12:45 pm–3:30 pm

Option 3

Tuesday/Thursday Mornings
9:00 am–11:45 am

Option 4

Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons
12:45 pm–3:30 pm

Kim smiles at the camera with a yellow and green forest behind her.

Kim Crockett

Lead Forest School Facilitator

Kim Crockett

Lead Forest School Facilitator

My name is Kim Crockett and I am an Early Childhood Educator lll and certified Forest School Facilitator at FWA.

I have been working with preschool children for 28 years in different capacities while putting an Early Childhood Education diploma from RRC and a degree in Developmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg majoring in Child Development to good use.

I had the opportunity to reinvent my career as I travelled to Canmore, AB to train with Forest School Canada as a Forest School Facilitator in 2014. In 2015 I led the Field and Forest Nature School out of Discovery Children’s Centre and I found my calling. I liked the philosophy so much I wanted to do it full time and that’s how I came to FWA in the spring of 2018. Connecting children to nature and seeing how capable they are is extremely gratifying. No two days are alike at Forest School and the weather predicts our plans for the day.

I enjoy practicing hot yoga, drinking tea with a good book, and spending time at our cabin in NW Ontario with my family and any opportunity to be outdoors.

Viktoria smiles at the camera with a yellow and green forest behind her.

Viktoria Forsberg

Forest School Leader

Viktoria Forsberg

Forest School Leader

My name is Viktoria Forsberg and in 2015, I graduated as a Preschool Teacher from Linkoping University, Sweden, and I am currently enrolled at the University of Winnipeg to obtain my Manitoba Teaching Licence for early and middle years, with a major in Science.

In Sweden, I worked as a Preschool Teacher at a Reggio Emilia Preschool where the majority of the days were spent outside for outdoor education. As the Forest School Community, the Reggio Emilia approach sees children as competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. Where the importance of learning through experiences and growing via social interactions with others is a priority. As for myself, I spent 13 years studying at a Waldorf school where child-centred education, outdoor education and the learning process are highly valued.

For the last 15 years, I have been teaching and instructing children, youth and adults in the martial art Capoeira in countries like Sweden, Brazil, U.S, Canada, etc. Being a part of children’s learning process is truly enriching and motivating which is why I am passionate about the teaching profession.

In my spare time, I love spending time outdoors. During the warmer months, I hike, run and canoe and in the colder months I cross-country ski, skate and snowboard.

STORIES

Seasons of Learning

At FortWhyte Forest School, we see how each season has a rhythm all its own. We listen and let it guide school. 

Learning outside, together

Forest School is ideal for parents who are passionate about sparking a sense of curiosity in their children and laying the foundation for a life of environmental stewardship. 

The Forest School Revolution

Forest School is a pre-school alternative favored by parents that are passionate about spending time outdoors, and about protecting the environment.