Welcome to FSFNS!

Established in 2016, Free Spirit Forest and Nature School is Southern Georgian Bay’s only not-for-profit Forest School Canada and Ministry of Education certified private school program.  We offer quality nature programming for ages 18m-12+ – including adults!

Our Core Weekly Programs

Students join us on the same day(s) each week for the school year, 8:45AM-3:30PM

Sparrows JK/SK

They may be a small bird, but they reach for the top of the trees and sing their hearts out!

Chickadees JK/SK

These little birds are among the bravest and are incredibly resilient creatures that love to play!

Painted Turtles

Turtles love to explore but also know how to slow things down, take it all in and enjoy time with friends.

Snowy Owls

The wise owls are patient creatures. They observe and listen and know when to strike!

Blue Herons

These folks display calmness, stand tall and are self-reliant. There’s a reason we call them “Great”!

Tamaracks (L.I.T.)

They are hearty, resilient and flexible. They are adaptive, ebbing and flowing with the changes of the season. They are unique, interconnected and spread their roots wide.

Nature Based-Programs

We've got something for everyone -
Ages 18 months - 100+ years!

Cedars and Saplings

Nature connected kids become Nature connected adults and this program is as much for you as it is for them!

March Break Camp Collingwood

Explore the wonders of Forest and Nature School. Children lead the way with their interests and ideas at the forefront - and you can be sure there'll be syrup!

PA Day Programs

Our PA Days in the Forest will excite your child’s love of the outdoors as we play, create, share and explore together!

Summer Camps - Meaford, Wasaga and Creemore

A specialized week of Forest and Nature School with a focus on nature-based adventure, building outdoor skills and free play as a core component.

Adult Programming

Develop new skills and join in the fun! We offer various workshops, volunteer opportunities, co-op placements and more!

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Meaford Maples is a boutique, organic maple syrup operation overlooking Georgian Bay on the edge of Irish Mountain in Meaford, Ontario. We collect the sap from about 800 maple trees and process the syrup in our sugar house on the property. 

Our roadside stand is stocked with our delicious maple syrup and open 9-6 daily. We also pop-up at the Farmers Market in Meaford as well as other local events. We are located at 265585 Sideroad 25 in Meaford, north of Highway 26 and just a little East of Grey Rd 112.
Contact: Steve@MeafordMaples.com

Free Spirit Forest and Nature School acknowledges that we meet, learn, create and play on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat peoples, as well as the traditional lands and treaty territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.   We acknowledge all others who traditionally were connected to these places and thank you as original caretakers of this land who have lived and continue to live here since time immemorial.   We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.