Memorial Park or Narnia?

As we wandered through the woods today, it was as if we had crawled through our wardrobes and entered the world of Narnia run by the snow queen. All of the trees were covered in a fresh blanket of white and the snow fell thickly around us. It was falling so quickly that the we…

Songs of the Forest

Mother nature greeted us with wintery weather this week at Memorial Park.  As we sat in our sit spots in the forest, snow lightly fell around us, and it was so silent we could almost hear it pattering onto the ground. In the distance the waves could be softly heard lapping at the shore, and…

Rain Rain, don’t go away!

Rain rain, don’t go away, and definitely come again another day! The students embraced the rain with open arms in Meaford this week. With all the snow gone it was as though we were exploring a completely new forest! A small river formed from the melt water and rain, which provided lots of opportunity for…

Tracks in the Snow

Tracks in the snow Oh where do you go? Sometimes you disappear up a tree Or get lost in the leaves Tracks in snow Oh what do you know? Are you tracking down prey, Or running to hide away? Tracks in the snow What do you have to show? The dance of the wild forest,…

Track and Seek!

“More snow, more snow, more snow!” rang through the Meaford forest as the kids made their way back from a day of fun in the wintery weather. Next week I think a song may come from this chant, to entice the snow to keep falling. What fun it is to run and play in the…

Autumn Leaves

Leaves in the air, Fall colours everywhere. What on earth could we use these leaves for? We had at least 3 ideas, maybe more! Providing camouflage to hide our treasures, Running like chipmunks, it was not a day of leisure. Creating magic wands that cast spells, Transformed us into frogs, trees, a painted turtle shell….

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…