I love that smell, too…

“You smell like campfire” is something we often hear after a day at FNS.  And more often than not, it seems to be said in longing, nostalgic way.  Usually it’s followed by “I love that smell” and when we are really lucky, complete strangers will dive into fond memories of childhood or a specific moment…

Still Craving that Caving!

Hey Folks, Metcalfe Rock is, and has been, an important place to Free Spirit for many years.  For those of you who have never been, it’s totally worth the trip!  Metcalfe is part of the Kolopore Uplands with trails that run in and among the Niagara Escarpment.   In our humble opinion, it’s a magical place…

Tapping into Kid Culture

Finding ways to tap into Child Passions is what mentors do. It is our job to capture this natural interest and channel it into learning opportunities. When we help make meaning out of a child’s passion, the learning is relevant, engaging and on-going. We dive into passions every day at Forest School – it is…

Simple gift ideas for Outdoorsy Kids from some Outdoor Educators

Hey Folks, Over the last few days, we were reflecting on how busy (and costly!) this time of year can be.  We thought we’d share some of the cool things and tools (and practical stuff, too!) we use at Forest School on a semi-regular basis in case you need some last minute ideas for your…

Play-based Education: the joy of shared adventures.

At Free Spirit Forest Nature School we have the opportunity to spend time with your children as they explore the natural world around them each day. It’s truly amazing to see where and how they take new opportunities.  In fact, play is arguably the most important part of our Forest and Nature School and the…

An Acceptable Level of Impact?

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar” – Bradley Miller A lot of our focus here at FNS is on environmental education and awareness where we strive to create not only a respect for nature, but a love and sense of…

The Joy of Winter Exploring (or “Layers, layers!”)

Given our quick switch to cold temperatures and snow last Friday, we thought it’d be a good time to revisit  winter wear.  First and foremost we want to recognize the awesome efforts of parents and guardians last week to ensure your children were dressed properly to enjoy the wonderful Winter-esque day!  It’s because of your…

Risky Play: why we love and need it!

For children, outdoor play is a basic need and inherent to play is the necessity of risk.   Risky play takes many different shapes, but always involves pushing limits and comfort zones in a thrilling and exciting way.  It’s about testing oneself – and finding out what happens. During risky play, children not only experience an…