Forest School is all about self-discovery, jumping out of our comfort zones and challenge by choice. Today we brought all these elements together and discovered our personal strengths.
We joined our Collingwood Forest School and explored the beautiful area of Metcalfe Rock located in the Kolapore Uplands. This is an area that is tucked away along the Niagara Escarpment. Caving was our activity of the day and our students did not waste anytime. They jumped right into their harnesses and helmets and strapped on their headlamps. After our safety talk we were ready to go!
Check out our photos below!
It was an exciting time when we found a spine of an animal tucked away in some brush. We believe it was a small coyote or maybe a wolf…this debate is still on going.
We started the day off by creating our own hiking trail on our Heathcote property. We love to hike and this time we didn’t run into any burr bushes! Phew..
After we met up with the Collingwood Forest School we hiked further up the Niagara Escarpment and made it to our camp site. There we took a well deserved snack time.
Last week we learned all about fire and today we put it to the test. While some kids collected tinder and sticks, others focused on starting a fire to keep us warm. The teamwork was amazing…. great job guys!
Communication and spotting our buddies help keep us safe in unknown surroundings.
We took some time to talk about this Ancient Eastern White Cedar which is an amazing tree estimated to be 1000 years old! Lots of fun discussion was had on why the roots were braided. When was the last time you hugged something that old?
Our Izzy being brave and climbing out of the Ice Cave.
Before we were done with our day the kids worked together and created a 5 foot leaf pile! Everyone worked so hard on this and it ended with a well deserved….. you got it LEAF FIGHT!
Today we saw old friends, made new ones and created lasting memories. Thank you for all who came out and made it an amazing caving day!
We are so proud of all our students on their teamwork and respect for one another. They all received bravery, peer support and leadership stickers.
Next week – We will be working on our inner Van Gogh with the natural elements. Art Attack Week!
Thanks for stopping by,