Building Community… One Stick at a Time

Hey Folks! This week our students got really excited about creating communities in different areas of our forests to stake a claim and create a personal village for each group.  After a quick recap and learning about three basic survival shelters (Lean-to, Teepee and Debris), we chose a place on the map and headed out…

Birds on the Brain!

One of our favourite things about the Spring is all the bird action that happens around us.  We’ve been really focused on this lately as we try to tap into these messengers of the forest.  The abundance of song and chatter has helped our students practice “sneaking” through the woods by minimizing their disturbance  while…

A New Beginning…

Hi Folks! What a great kick off to our Meaford Program! We spent these beautiful days becoming familiar with the lay of the land and getting to know our new group of friends. We have already established a wonderful, fun loving sense of community, who are keen on spending entire days outside learning from (and…

Sweeeeeeeeeet!

As Spring arrives, we are reminded why this is one of our favourite seasons – well, we love them all really, but especially the longer days, warmer temperatures, and return of life.  The birds are singing all around us, the plants are blooming again, animals we haven’t seen in awhile are making appearances – and…

Winter Wrap-up

Hey Folks! We had a great wrap-up to our Winter session this week, with pretty much blue bird skies all week long! As we explored and played, we reminisced about the past couple months and shared our favourite memories – turns out we did quite a bit over the winter session!  Here are some highlights…

Winter Wander-land

Hey Everyone, It’s a been awhile since we’ve been able to blog – the life of having an almost-one-year-old, and Kim returning back to teach at FNS – but we thought we’d get ya caught up on some of the exciting things we’ve been up to over the past few weeks.  When the snow days…

Connection to Place

At FSFNS we have 3 simple guiding commitments that help forge our program: connection with self, connection with others and connection with nature.  We find things go smoothly when we are connected to all these things.   And under the umbrella of nature connection (and likely self and others, too) we’d like to take a deep…

Trading Blanket, Skating and, naturally, a Zip Line.

Hey Folks! Well Winter certainly made its presence felt this week and our students embraced it full on!  Along with regular core routines and our wandering adventures, we had a special week where some students went skating on the pond, some built zip lines and others set up feeders to help us get even more…

Every track tells a story

Hey Folks, We had a fun week at FNS with a lot of exploring (as usual!) and discovering many things along the way.  We focused on using our “owl eyes” and and other senses to uncover some of the secrets of the forest.  Along the way we found mysterious holes with empty snail shells all…

Insects and Ice Augers (aka a crazy weather week!)

Hey Folks! Winter is here and we are so excited.  A big welcome to our new students! We saw a mix of weather which led to loads of different activities and explorations.  Some groups nestled closer to the tent on especially windy and cold days, while others were able to hike out a bit farther…