Skating, Maple Tree Tapping and so much more!

We had another wonderful week at Forest School and quite the range in activities too! On Wednesday, students worked hard to clear off the ice rink and we enjoyed skating away the morning! We even had a lesson from a Snowy Owl, including some basic skating drills and tips on a variety of ways to…

I speak for the trees!

What a beautiful day we had with our Chickadees on Tuesday at FNS! After our ceremonial cleansing smudge and morning circle, we started our day with wonderful and imaginative play in the snow that led to us chasing one another, following tracks of all of our animal friends, and building forts, tunnels and fires. During…

Ice Fishing!

Hi Folks! What a fun week we had learning about ice safety and ice fishing! We had the opportunity to explore the big pond at Bygone Days and were thankful that the ice was thick enough to allow us to try our hand at ice fishing! In fact, it was SO thick that we could…

Swinging Bridges, Black Diamonds and Mysterious Forests

Hey Folks! Well Winter is back! And hopefully here to stay.  This week at Forest School we were on a field trip for Wed and Thurs and spent the day exploring at Bygone Day’s on Friday. Wednesday and Thursday Off to Scenic Caves this week for some fun cross-country skiing and exploring the area.  We…

Mountain Climbers and Hibernators

Hey Folks, Our Chickadees braved the cool temperatures and spent the day exploring and playing in the snow.  Our day started as most days do with unstructured time and free play.  Students were eager to explore our new tunnels, uncover what seemed like endless ice and play games, including our new favourite “Track and Seek”…

Sit Spots, Snowshoes, and Skis

Hey Folks! This week we welcomed back the cooler temps (well at least until it warmed up again on Friday) and we took advantage of the little bit of “Winter” we had to explore. Wednesday and Thursday We focused this week on getting to know our property a little better and spent time exploring and…

Fairy Homes, Rock Pets and Caterpillar Obstacle Courses.

Happy Tuesday! We had a great day with our Chickadee program today, and as the title suggests, we did a lot of building. Right away, we watched imaginations come to life as an old driftwood root became a house for Fairies.  Equipped with a door, chimney, balcony, hot tub and much more,  students couldn’t get…

Uncovering our Curriculum… literally.

Hey Folks! As often happens at Forest School, we head into the day with a plan – and  sometimes it gets mostly ditched due to emerging interests and opportunities.  What a pleasant surprise this week when we discovered that the loss of all our snow from the wavering temperatures last week resulted in an epic…

Snow Trenches, Snow Caves and… rain?!

Welcome Back to Forest and Nature School! We welcomed our FNS friends back at Bygone Days this week and dove right into some fun winter activities! After opening our day with a ceremonial smudge, our morning circle and some teambuilding icebreakers to get to know one another, students were keen to lean into learning about…

‘Tis the season … for snow and good-byes!

Hello folks one last time! The last two days of forest school have come and our 2017 fall semester is now over. With mixed feelings we looked back on our past months and said goodbye to new friends, adventures, exploration, discoveries and new (nature) knowledge! But no reason to be sad … Forest School will…