Survival Olympics (or Mary had a little lamb…)

Survival Olympics (or Mary had a little lamb…)

Hey Folks, We had some fun this week putting some of our survival skills to the test in a collaborative, cooperative and competitive style Olympics we nicknamed the “Forest School Timber Tour”.   Our days varied greatly Tues-Thurs with different events geared toward developing and testing various skills – each day uniquely designed with the specific class dynamics in mind.  Some events were even created by our students en route.  We

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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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Subnivean Cities

Subnivean Cities

Hey Everyone, What an interesting day we had for our Winter, wait scratch that, Freezing Rain Survival days.  We went into this expecting to create quinzees and spend all day in the snow, but who could’ve guessed our snow would turn to ice so quickly!? So what can we do but make the best of the situation?? And that’s exactly what we did. Our day was focused on what animals

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You are as wonderful as a snowflake

You are as wonderful as a snowflake

Our Fall 2016 Video! Hey Everyone! On our last day of Forest School this year, the students’ skills were put to the test with an Amazing Race.  Just like in the show, the classes had to work their way through Team Challenges, Road Blocks (completed by one person) and Detours (choice between 2 activities) while earning materials (tinder, kindling, a pot, etc) along the way for their final challenge of

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Here for a good time, not a long time..

Here for a good time, not a long time..

Hi Friends! Our first semester of Forest School ended just the way it started, AMAZING. Our jam packed day consisted of our students using the skills, and knowledge they have obtained here at Forest School. “The Amazing Winter Race” started with us using a map to navigate ourselves to 7 different checkpoints, which consisted of various team-building activities, a crazy spider web, snow lava rock wall, and more mapping 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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Learning Blocks and Compasses

Learning Blocks and Compasses

Hey Folks, Another fun-filled week of productive play and learning at Forest School, with a special contribution from Collingwood’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge who brought us their mobile Imagination Playground. We spent a solid portion of our day working collaboratively using the block-based system to build, smash and recreate various castles, towers, bird’s eye views of small villages, buildings, cars, waterfalls – you name it! Your children unleashed their creativity

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