A Turtle Named Sandi

Hey Folks! We had such a wonderful, warm and sunny day with our Chickadees!  Our day began with jumping into the roles of mice while trying to avoid the predator (eagle) that set the stage for our adventure later on.  After our core routines, we checked the mailbox and sure enough we had received a…

Spring on Vacation… and bird languages!

Hey Folks, We focused our attention on our sit spots for the morning,  where students were asked to draw from memory a map of their special spot.  And then the fun part, as we wondered what these places might look like when we are not there, we channeled our inner sneaky creatures (cheetahs, tigers, chipmunks,…

Where the Wild things are… and Robins in the classroom.

Hey Folks! What started out as a bit of a scary weather day, turned into an awesome day at Forest School!  As the temps became mild, and snow fell instead of freezing rain, our students spent all day playing, searching and building in the snow.  It started with a secret hideout, made of a tarp…

Wands and Spoons, Paddles and Hedgehogs

Hey Folks! We had a wet day at FNS, but it didn’t stop us from fully embracing it.   In fact, by shifting our focus and recognizing all the positive things that rain brings to our lives and everything around us, it helps us approach the day in a totally different way.  And when we are…

Raccoon Crossings, River Beds and 5km hikes!

Hey Folks, This week our Tue-Thurs groups were off site on field trips.  Check out where they went and the highlights below! Tuesday Destination: WebWood Falls, Heathcote(ish) What a pleasant surprise when the Tuesday group arrived at the side of Old Mail Rd, unloaded from the car and immediately came across a massive waterfall!  Dreams…

Baby Whales and Bear Hunts

Hey Folks, After some time building with our loose parts and having a bonfire, students’ imaginations came alive as all the snow on the ground became a lake.  They were trapped on an island (a-frame climbing gym), trying to escape the sharks (teachers), while jumping from bridge to bridge (stumps).  Our students soon wanted to…

Catching Wind, Carving Spoons and Creating Shelter

Hey Folks! Well did we ever get hit by Winter again this week!  We dawned our creative caps and here’s our recap below: TUesday After our core routines (smudge, check-ins and sit spots) we took a deep dive into the world of shelters on Tuesday in hopes of mastering this bush craft.  We learned about…

Lean-tos, Fires and Grapevine Swings

Hey Folks, A crazy mix of weather this week to help us instill the importance of outdoor skills! Here’s the recap: Tuesday Our Tuesday group braved the weather and fully embraced their time playing, building and exploring.  And though the constant chilly rain limited our mobility a bit, it didn’t dampen our spirits.   We got…

More mud, Maps and Bunny Seeds!

Hey Everyone! Our Chickadees spent the beautiful sunny day doing what we do best: exploring!  After our core routines (and some hammock time, loose parts, and slacklining) we headed out to our sit spots, only to be sidetracked by emergent interests: climbing the tire mountain, making our way across the balance beam to the army…

“Sap”cicles and other sweet adventures

Happy Spring Everyone, and welcome back (or for the first time!) to Forest and Nature School.  We had a great week at Bygone Days exploring our property and reaping some of nature’s sweet benefits! All week long our main focus was Maple Syrup leaving students with first-hand experience and a better understanding of the science…