Animals and Perfect Puddles

The rain was no obstacle for us in Meaford today! The puddles were ripe for the jumping and it helped us fine tune our shelter building. We were keen observers of what the animals we saw are up to this time of year, and tried to mimic their behaviours. We noticed that some creatures are…

Meaford meets Metcalfe!

A windy day greeted us at Memorial Park – sure signs of fall in the chilly, leafy air. After our opening circle we hopped on the bus and headed to Metcalfe Rock for our first field trip! We spent the morning rock climbing, an exciting challenge which was a totally new experience for many of…

Feeling at home in the Forest

Have you ever pretended to be a raccoon, exploring the world around you in the dark? Or embodied a fox, chasing mice through the fields? Or spent valuable time with a tree, getting to know it personally? All in a day’s work at forest school! As the leaves begin to change, the students are getting…

Suns out, Funs out!

The sun was out and so were the critters, both the children and the animals that is! We worked on finding stillness and sharpening our senses while playing camouflage, skills that came in handy while searching for life in the forest later on. A salamander, toads, many caterpillars and bugs, and even two pileated woodpeckers…

Back to the Forest!

Welcome Meaford family and friends! Blue skies welcomed us to Memorial Park today, where old and new faces had the opportunity to explore the park together. While the playground adjacent to the school building offered a fun opportunity to begin building peer relations in the early morning, it was the forest that offered up it’s…

Climbing Trees, Chasing Chickens and Cooking Potatoes!

She’s back! Our mama robin that is! We were so happy to notice her this morning and couldn’t help but check on her nest… three more bright blue eggs to hatch in the coming weeks! We love gaining her trust and sitting close to observe her care for her eggs. It’s an awesome way to…

Birds and More!

Hey Folks! It’s been another awesome few weeks at our Meaford Forest School! We’ve been enjoying our time exploring in our forest – plenty of imaginative and recapulative play. Students always enjoy taking on the roles of various hunter and gathers, climbing trees, hiding in our shelters, and moving around like all sorts of forest…

Springing into Fun!

Hey folks! It’s been a little while since the last post and there’s plenty to reflect on! We have been having all sorts of fun spending our days outdoors. To no surprise, students absolutely love mud! And with our mud kitchen in full effect, there’s no end to it! Whether we are stomping our boots,…

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…