Join a worldwide movement of families that are reconnecting to nature and bringing childhood back outside. Give your child the chance to explore, create and solve problems in an natural environment for an truly rich learning experience.
Registration for the Fall 2019 session of FortWhyte Forest School is now open!
What is Forest School?
|Forest School as an educational approach has been around for more than 50 years in parts of Europe. It centres around giving children regular and repeated access to the same natural space while expanding their knowledge through experiential, inquiry-based, and play-based learning.|
|Forest School builds a foundation for lifelong environmental stewards by bringing the love of nature back into the hearts and minds of young children -- and benefits preschoolers by improving their physical health, emotional well-being, social competence, critical thinking skills, safe risk taking ability and knowledge of the natural world around them.|
|A different approach to environmental education than our traditional guided programs, Forest School facilitators instead explore, create, build, and celebrate alongside the children. Our leaders are trained to spark engagement between children and nature by modelling their enthusiasm for outdoor play and then encouraged to step back and observe the connections that unfold!|
Why Forest School?
The necessity for outdoor education has never been as pressing as it is today. As children spend more time tuned into video games, television and computers, their interaction with nature is becoming increasingly rare. And for busy families, it can be difficult to find the time and space to allow kids today to play freely in puddles, fields, and forests. Yet preschool children are at the perfect age to explore, get dirty and get to know wild places -- and that's all part of the Forest School experience.
FortWhyte Forest School
The FortWhyte Forest School provides an inquiry-based learning experience for children aged 3.5-5 in the forest and fields surrounding the Siobhan Richardson Field Station. Curriculum is guided by the children’s interests as they explore, experience and play in an outdoor natural setting. A certified Forest School Practitioner guides learning and ensures children’s safety and well-being.
Sessions & Schedule
FortWhyte Forest School presently runs sessions in fall, winter and spring. Some seasons offer multiple sessions to choose from.
Spring 2019 Session
Course Dates: April 1 – June 21, 2019
Fall 2019 Session
Registration is open now.
|Course Dates: September 9 – December 12, 2019
Option 1: M/W Mornings: 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Option 2: M/W Afternoons: 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Option 3: T/TH Mornings: 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Option 4: T/TH Afternoons: 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm
M/W: $650, $600 for FortWhyte Alive Members
T/TH: $700 non-members, $625 for FortWhyte Alive Members
Information for Parents
- Children aged 3.5 – 5 years old
- Entirely outdoors, rain or shine (with the exception of extreme weather)
- Children must be potty trained, indoor washrooms available
- Children must be willing and able to respond when called (no running away)
- Must wear weather appropriate clothing
- Parents pack a nut free snack and water
- Bring extra clothing because they might get dirty!
- Parent/caregiver drops off and picks up child
New to Forest School?
Forest School Open House (families welcome!)
Location: Siobhan Richardson Field Station (special driving directions will be given upon registration)
Cost: Free (registration required)
Dates: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm or Saturday, May 11, 2019. 10 am – 1 pm
Join the Movement
Become a Forest School Practitioner
Learn more by visiting the Forest School Canada website.
Become a Forest School Volunteer
We are looking for FortWhyte Forest School Assistants to explore, create, build, and celebrate alongside the children and our Forest School facilitator. Learn more.
FortWhyte Family Forest Immserion
April 6 – May 11, 2019 (6 Saturdays)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Age of children: 0 – 10 years
Format: Parent/caregiver stays for the duration for an outdoor family experience
Cost: Adults $30, Children $45
Maximum: 30 participants
Registration opens at 9am on March 12, 2019. Register online by visiting store.fortwhyte.org or by phone at (204) 989-8355 x 311
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