At Fresh Air Learning, children experience the joy of connecting with people and place throughout the seasons. They learn about the joys of a muddy puddle and feel wonder at the owl they see in a tree. Through play and hands-on nature connection, they get to know a small place so deeply.
Forest school gives children the time and the space to play, learn, and explore freely in wild places. Over time, these places start to feel like home.
We can help your children find their home in the forest and on the farm in North Vancouver and Vancouver.
Are you curious about the philosophy and practice of forest school? Join forest school educators from around Metro Vancouver and beyond for a professional development session.
Professional development can take place in the forests where we work, at your school, or online. Our workshops can include:
An exploration of forest school philosophy
Risk assessment, impact assessment, and site selection
Sharing stories and storytelling techniques
Sensory activities to help you bridge between structured and play-based learning
Hands-on skills such as ropes, tarps, knife work, weaving, and making cordage
Reflective nature connection practices
Elementary School Aged Home Learners
For families who are pursuing Distributed Learning in which children learn at home and in an outdoor classroom, we have classes for children ages 5-13. These nature-based programs are run in collaboration with Island Discovery Learning Community, and children have the chance to explore nature through gently-guided and emergent learning opportunities. Children enroll with Island Discovery Learning Community as their school.
Preschool-Age and Elementary School Aged Children
For children ages 3-9 who enjoy being independent from their parents, we have play-based classes that give children the time and space to develop a relationship with each other and the land, in a warm, attachment-friendly environment. Children learn how to solve problems, discover their own resilience, and delight in the ways that the environment changes around them throughout the year. During the summer months, Fresh Air Learning also offers play-based nature camps for children ages 3-12.
Adult & Teen Programs
For teens and adults who would like to develop their connection to the land, we have opportunities such as:
A volunteer program that connects to our children’s classes. To inquire, please contact us.
Wild Wisdom, a program to both deepen connection to the land and develop hands-on, nature-based skills.
ECE and Elementary School Educators
For educators in elementary school, we offer in-class mentorship and professional development workshops. We can come to your school or invite you to the forests where we are for a week, weekend, or day of professional development. We can also teach alongside you at your school, modelling how to facilitate outdoor learning so that you can grow your own competency in outdoor facilitation.
In all of our programs, we work to honour the land that we are on through activities that engage us in listening to and becoming stewards of the land. We value those who have connected to these places for millennia before us and acknowledge that our programs take place on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.