TODDLERS, PRESCHOOL, AND PRIMARY AGE
It can be hard to find the time and the space to play freely in wild places, and this is what forest school is all about. Young children are at the perfect age to explore the properties of mud in a mud kitchen or to create balancing games on a log. Getting dirty, climbing rocks, and finding our way safely and happily through the forest is all part of the forest school experience. Forest school is all about observing and supporting children’s interests, and we give children the time and space to make their own discoveries.
Throughout our programs, children will have many opportunities to experience play-based nature education, create with nature, listen to stories in the forest and learn about the places around them as they change throughout the seasons. Over the course of a year at forest school, children grow in their physical capacity and resilience, social-emotional learning, and connections to the land and to each other. They’ll experience so much that we have created an entire page of forest school learning outcomes below!
"I can't tell you how happy it makes me feel when I pick him up from Fresh Air Learning and see him covered head to toe with mud! When he started three years ago he would tell me that he doesn't like the rain, but now when he wakes up in the morning to see that it is raining he can't wait to get to the forest."
- A Program Parent
We connect to different parks and farms around Metro Vancouver, including Jericho Beach Park, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, Lynn Canyon Park, the Seymour River Heritage Park, Interriver Park, Loutet Farm, Southlands Farm, and Maplewood Farm.