It’s not delivery, it’s…

Everything, absolutely everything, tastes better cooked over a fire.  Period.  End of sentence. Over the past couple weeks we have put our groups’ culinary skills to work and created some delicious masterpieces. In the outdoor world, learning to cook over a flame is a key skill to know when venturing into the wilderness.  Moreover, it…

Let It Snow

Hey Folks! Ready for our song of the week?… Oh the weather outside is delightful (not frightful) and the campfire is so delightful (too)… and since we’re an emergent, student-led program with no set place to go… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  (Did you sing it?!) Snow!!! We love snow at…

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…

Soup du Jour, Spooky Potions and the Upside Down

Hey Folks! We wanted to start the week off with a post dedicated to the youngest members of our community – the Chickadees!  These little ones are always keen for adventures and we love how easily they bring their imaginations to life. We started the day with our loose parts and discovering some new additions…

The Infamous Grape Valley

Hey Folks! Just a quick post this week but wanted to share some of the highlights from our adventures. The majority of our older groups this week spent a significant time in Maple Forest, even having a few “lunch outs” on our drier days.  In Maple Forest, we have a special spot we call “Grape…

Tool Time and other fun stuff!

Hey Folks, We trust everyone had a great long weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This week, we were back at our home base at Bygone Days after our paddling trips last week.  We do so much over the course of a week at FNS, it’s hard to sum up – but here are couple things!…

Nature Detectives

Hey Folks! This week saw a drop in temperatures and the sights, smells, sounds and sense of Fall in the air.  And with these changes there were a few other changes we discovered along the way.  Not only were the plants seeming to wither, but there was a noticeable loss appeared in the animal kingdom…

Money grows on trees…

Hey Folks! We rang in the last week of summer with some very hot, then cool, then crazy windy and  rainy weather! This week at Forest School we saw many adventures unfold and really dove into the joy of following emergent interests.  Full on “stores” opened up in the forest (see in depth details below);…

The Adventure Begins…

Hey Everyone! First off from all of us at FSFNS, a HUGE welcome (or welcome back) to all of our new students, parents, guardians and friends of Forest and Nature School!  We are extremely excited for this upcoming year and all of the adventures that are waiting to be had.  If you are new to…

Whirlpools and Waddling, Paddling and Pedaling

Hey Folks! We had an awesome last few weeks of Forest School full of excitement and adventure! Here are some the highlights below, and scroll all the way down to check out the pics.  Thanks for the amazing year and see you in September! Mountain Biking We’ve got a ton of newly built trails at…