Snowy Days and a Birch Bark Rap

A fresh blanket of white snow greeted us in Memorial Park this morning! Many more changes became apparent as we explored, including erosion along the beach, signs of the wind storm, iced leaves, and a certain hush to the forest that comes with the first snowfall. Birch bark was our offering this morning, which the…

Birch Bark Crowns, Bubblin’ Trees and Imaginations Running Wild

Hey Folks! We had a much needed wet week this week!  We remind ourselves on these rainy days just how much the plants, animals and ponds need this weather – we’ve even got a song about it!  And even more fun was our first taste of snow!!! Student interests took us all over the place…

“Oh the places [they’ll] go”

As adventures unfolded today at forest school, I found myself in awe of the skills that the Chickadees will carry with them, that come from our play and interactions with nature. I even saw future careers unfolding before my eyes. As we dug in the sand for fossils, I imagined them at an archaeological dig….

New Islands, Trusting Chickadees and Hiding Out

Hey Collingwood Families! We had another action packed week at FSFNS with lot’s of creativity, construction and exploring!  Here are some of the highlights: Carving Tool-use is a common thing  with our students and this week we got out the knives and began whittling away.  Students sat around the fire making spoons, spears and butter…

Autumn Leaves

Leaves in the air, Fall colours everywhere. What on earth could we use these leaves for? We had at least 3 ideas, maybe more! Providing camouflage to hide our treasures, Running like chipmunks, it was not a day of leisure. Creating magic wands that cast spells, Transformed us into frogs, trees, a painted turtle shell….

This and That… and Even More!

Hey Folks! We had a fun (and wet!) week at FNS in Collingwood!  We got our first real taste of chillier weather this week and greeted it with open arms – we even had the fire in our hot tent going to keep us nice and warm! Students this week continued diving deeper into our…

Animals and Perfect Puddles

The rain was no obstacle for us in Meaford today! The puddles were ripe for the jumping and it helped us fine tune our shelter building. We were keen observers of what the animals we saw are up to this time of year, and tried to mimic their behaviours. We noticed that some creatures are…

The Friendliest Bear of All…. Woolly.

Hey Folks! What a welcomed blast of warm weather this week – though the chilly mornings are a reminder that Winter is on its way.  This week we noticed a lot of Fall changes occurring at the Collingwood School – leaves changing, birds migrating, flowers beginning to wilt (especially the goldenrod!) and each and every…

Rock on!

Hey Folks! Our Fall field trip this year was back to beautiful Metcalfe Rock for some climbing and caving where our Collingwood school also got to meet our sister schools from Meaford and Wasaga Beach.  As if hiking through ancient cedar forests, drinking water straight from the Earth and exploring and playing at this magical…

Meaford meets Metcalfe!

A windy day greeted us at Memorial Park – sure signs of fall in the chilly, leafy air. After our opening circle we hopped on the bus and headed to Metcalfe Rock for our first field trip! We spent the morning rock climbing, an exciting challenge which was a totally new experience for many of…