Other Programs 

Forest school is all about getting to know your neighbourhood. Fresh Air Learning is compiling a list of resources for outdoor learning in Vancouver neighbourhoods and beyond.
 

If you know of other programs, we would like to spread the word! Please share by contacting us and we will add them to this list.

Other Forest Schools

In the Metro Vancouver area
Alderwood House Preschool

Outdoor-based preschool in Richmond, BC.

 

Ages: 0 to 5 

Who runs the program? Early childhood educators

Program times: Part time and full time child care

Time spent outdoors: Part time

Parent Participation: No

Maple Ridge Environmental School

Public school without walls in Maple Ridge, BC.

 

Ages: 5 to 12

Who runs the program? Teachers

Program times: Monday to Friday

Time spent outdoors: Almost full time

Parent Participation: Yes

Out and About Adventures

Forest school-inspired early childhood learning program at Trout Lake in East Vancouver.

 

Ages: 3 to 5

Who runs the program? Teachers

Program times: See registration list for details

Time spent outdoors: Entire session

Parent Participation: Welcome but not required

Bayview Treehouse Preschool

Play-based preschool based in Kitsilano promoting play and learning in nature.

 

Ages: 30 months to 5 years

Who runs the program: Early childhood educators

Program times: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30-11:30

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent participation: Optional

Saplings Outdoor Preschool

Play-based preschool that operates out of parks in West Van.

 

Ages: 3-6

Who runs the program? Early childhood educators

Program times: Vary according to program

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: No

Extra Steps - Urban Adventures

Park and garden adventures in Vancouver.

 

Ages: 3-5

Who runs the program? Early childhood educators

Program times: 9:10-12:20

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: No

Muddy Bootprints

East Vancouver forest school

Ages: 2.5-6

Who runs the program? Early childhood educators

Program times: 4 mornings or 2 afternoons

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: No

Dunbar Memorial Preschool

Weekly outdoor preschool class in the west side of Vancouver.

 

Ages: 3-4

Who runs the program: Preschool staff

Program times: Thursdays, 12:45-2:30

Terra Nova Nature School

Nature preschool run out of restored cottage in Richmond, BC.

 

Ages: preschool, parent & tot, after school

Who runs the program? Early childhood educators

Program times: Varied, from 4-20 hours weekly

Parent Participation: Yes, in afternoon programs parents volunteer once a month.

Soaring Eagle Nature School

Vancouver-based program for children ages 5 and up based on the techniques of coyote mentoring.

 

Ages: 5 and up

Who runs the program? Educators trained through Wilderness Awareness School

Program times: Weekly and monthly programs

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: Some, plus weekend family program

Vancouver Forest Nursery

Parent group in Vancouver that explores local gardens, parks, and beaches with very young children.

 

Ages: Infant and up 

Who runs the program? Parents

Program times: Determined by the parents

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: Yes

Windsor House School

Democratic, parent participation school based in North Van.

 

Ages: 5 and up

Who runs the program? School staff and parent volunteers

Program times: Two forest days per week – part of the regular school program.

Time spent outdoors: Full days

Parent Participation: Yes

Wild Wonder

Forest school in West Abbotsford.

 

Ages: 3-5

Who runs the program? Outdoor educators

Program times: 9:30-12, twice a week

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: Parents welcome

Little Knapsack Club

Port Coquitlam Forest School

Ages: 3-6

Who runs the program? Forest school educators

Program times: Monday/Friday 9:30-11:30

Time spent outdoors: Full time

Parent Participation: Yes

Conscious Kid Care

Maple Ridge, BC; Whonnock, BC

Ages:

Who runs the program?

Program times:

Time spent outdoors:

Parent Participation:

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