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.
Forest Programs: Age 3-9
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.
Elementary Home Learners
For families who are pursuing Online 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.
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
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.
Information Night for New Families
Every year, we hold program orientation sessions for prospective parents. If you’re interested in joining our program in the coming year, register for our virtual info night below.
Vancouver & North Vancouver Info Night
Wednesday February 9th 7PM-8PM - Via Zoom
Join Fresh Air Learning staff to learn more about our programs in the 2022-2023 school year! You will learn about forest school philosophy, a typical day at Fresh Air Learning, how to dress your child for forest school, and much more! This is a great opportunity to meet your teachers and other program families. *Registered participants will be emailed a link to a zoom meeting*
*Contact us if you would like a copy of the recorded session!