What do muddy pants, dirty hands and ear to ear smiles have in common?…

……..All were a major part of our day as Chickadess at Forest school today! Serious construction got under way as soon as we got to Lakeside, where the students spent time looking for frogs, fashioning fishing apparatus, digging rivers and burying pipes to observe the water flow. Teamwork was abundant in carrying the heavy buckets…

And we’re back!

Hey Folks! A big welcome to all our new families, and welcome back to our old friends at FSFNS this year!  It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown since day one, and as we enter our 5th year as a school we are more excited than ever!  At the…

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee!

Welcome to the Tuesday Chickadee group friends and family! Had you been anywhere near Bygone Days you would have heard us calling enthusiastically to one another “chicka-dee-dee-dee!” all day long. We worked on our quiet fox feet as well, to make sure that we don’t surprise all the critters before we get a chance to…

Welcome Back Chickadees!

Welcome Chickadee Family and Friends! What an amazing day to welcome new and familiar faces back to Forest School, and our Chickadees didn’t waste anytime getting back into the swing of things. We had a busy morning filled with games, running, building, obstacle courses, a very talented band, and our returning students even helped with…

Snowy Owl Overnight Paddle!!!

Hi Folks! Our FIRST EVER Snowy Owl Over Night Trip was an incredible success! With us, ten adventurous Forest and Nature School students paddled the windy Nottawasaga River, cooked their own meals, filtered their own water, started their own matchless-fire and slept in tents with their friends under the stars – some for the very…

Celebrating Good Times

Hey Folks! We had a busy last couple weeks, but here’s a quick recap of all the fun! Chickadees These littler folks (Ages 4-5) have been up to a bunch of wild adventures over the past season.  Don’t let their smaller size fool you, they hike forever and can be hard to keep with, even…

Climbing, Paddling and Homemade Glue

Hey Folks!  We’ve been busy playing outside. Here’s a recap of the last few weeks! Paddling We love exploring our extended backyard and our older students ventured off on a field trip to the Beaver River.  We had some amazing weather systems – both warm and wet! – that challenged us along the way.  …

Tinkering Around

Hey Folks! What do you do when your brother is moving and delivers you a trailer full of good, usable wood?  Well, it turns out the answer is a lot!  Students imaginations ran wild this week as we set them loose (so to speak – tool-use is an integral part at FNS, but we do…

Spring Fun (a lot of it!)

Hey Folks! We’ve been busy enjoying the warmer temperatures and exciting changes that Spring brings!  Here’s a few of the highlights over the past weeks. Carving Tool-use is a big part of FNS, and with the warmer temps, we are seeing an increased interested in creating wood projects.  We love the creativity and the projects…

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…