Music is everywhere!

Music is everywhere!

Hi Folks, Thanks for stopping by for another great day at Forest and Nature School, and with all this beautiful weather we didn’t waste any time. We welcomed all of students with the sound of ukuleles, which led to lots of singing and our students even playing their own tunes this morning. We are always encouraging our students to express themselves through song, dance, art or story telling, and we

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There’s a lot of noise in silence

There’s a lot of noise in silence

Hey Everyone, Our older groups this week geared up for their first field trip of the year – a paddle down the Beaver River.  Collectively, the groups paddled anywhere from the Epping put in to the Slabtown Dam.  The Fall colours were stunning and seemed to intensify as the week went on.  All groups learned basic canoe skills, with our older students having the chance to learn to stern –

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Bubbles, Hikes and an Unexpected Letter

Bubbles, Hikes and an Unexpected Letter

Hey Everyone, We had a sunny day at FNS today and what better way to start than with giant bubbles (and they seriously could’ve done this all day)!  But alas, when we checked our mailbox, a special letter had arrived from Queen Sadie of the Fairies of Grape Valley.  They needed our help – after that huge winter storm just a few weeks ago (crazy eh?!), their homes and village

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More mud, Maps and Bunny Seeds!

More mud, Maps and Bunny Seeds!

Hey Everyone! Our Chickadees spent the beautiful sunny day doing what we do best: exploring!  After our core routines (and some hammock time, loose parts, and slacklining) we headed out to our sit spots, only to be sidetracked by emergent interests: climbing the tire mountain, making our way across the balance beam to the army crawl and up and over the “portal of discovery” and eventually over to Lakeside View. 

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Sledding down “contour lines”

Sledding down “contour lines”

Hi Folks, We certainly had an awesome time this week at FNS! We learned about wilderness travel and the important parts of a map (making our own treasure maps around the site), honed our compass skills and navigated an orienteering course that some students worked hard to create for us! This course eventually led us to our dear Fossil Mountain – where we examined some contour lines up close… with

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Life is best traveled with Friends

Life is best traveled with Friends

Hey Everyone! We had such a blast exploring this week! After learning the cardinal directions and compass basics, it was time for studying maps… and what better way than an all out East vs West game of capture the flag?  Students divided territory, created boundaries and marked key locations on the map before they were set loose in the playing field.  Teamwork, honesty, attack-defense strategy and some good physical endurance

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Oh the places you will go

Oh the places you will go

Hi Friends! “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose” – Dr. Suess Our focus this week was mapping!  Giving our students the ability to read and understand a map gives them opportunities for growth, confidence, amazing memories and fun! We kept our adventures

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7 Grandfather Teachings

7 Grandfather Teachings

Hello again! Thanks for checking in this week!  With Summer put to bed and Fall around the corner our students focused on our First Nations 7 Grandfather Teachings, the Medicine Wheel and spent time in nature discovering their artistic side. As always the students started the day off with free play/discovery and a First Nation Smudging Ceremony.  One student wanted to pass around the smoking sage to all his fellow

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