Collingwood Ninja Warrior Village

Collingwood Ninja Warrior Village

Hey Folks, Who would of thought at the start of our day we would have created a whole new village? Our gratitude this week was the amazing packing snow that was given to us from the clouds last night and we took full advantage! Even pictures could not give this village justice. Tucked away in a little corner of the province of Bygone Days was a small village – but

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Community Village

Community Village

Hi Friends, We had another awesome Thursday and what a way to end our journey together for 2019! Our students got right into their projects for the day and our mission? – to create a community village of Quinces called The Wolf Den. There was a total of 5 dens which were all different shapes and sizes and each student brought their own uniqueness to their creations. It was a

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Predator vs Prey

Predator vs Prey

Hi Friends, What kind of wild did you bring today? As Forest School Practitioners we like to think we bring the wild of the Coyote. The Coyote is a very cunning and sneaky animal, most times you don’t even know that they are there. You can find their tracks or scat, or hear their calls throughout the night. They are usually behind you-watching, or beside you guiding you in the

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Acorns and more…

Acorns and more…

Hey Folks, Imagine being a baby squirrel and accidentally falling out of your drey (tree squirrel nest). Now imagine being an eagle flying over the forest and with your keen eye, you see an unprotected meal right for the taking? Our students looked at this scenario from both perspectives today and while some thought playing the squirrel was stressful others realized playing the predator was also tricky, and not as

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Natures Colour Wheel

Natures Colour Wheel

Hi Friends! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we were excited to hear all about your child’s long weekend stories! Our question of the day was: What have you noticed in our environment? And we love hearing the answers because they always vary so much. Ranging from the colours of the leaves, no birds or sun in the sky, that it feels colder, or that they didn’t see

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Winter Wander-land

Winter Wander-land

Hey Everyone, It’s a been awhile since we’ve been able to blog – the life of having an almost-one-year-old, and Kim returning back to teach at FNS – but we thought we’d get ya caught up on some of the exciting things we’ve been up to over the past few weeks.  When the snow days finally let up (wacky weather this year!), we were able to go on a quite

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Snow Trenches, Snow Caves and… rain?!

Snow Trenches, Snow Caves and… rain?!

Welcome Back to Forest and Nature School! We welcomed our FNS friends back at Bygone Days this week and dove right into some fun winter activities! After opening our day with a ceremonial smudge, our morning circle and some teambuilding icebreakers to get to know one another, students were keen to lean into learning about all things SNOW. One of our favourite stories this time of year is called “Over

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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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What do Turkey Nests, Sun Fires, Snapping Turtles and Leeks have in common?…

What do Turkey Nests, Sun Fires, Snapping Turtles and Leeks have in common?…

…Forest School!! Hey Everyone, This week the classes learned all about Ecosystems.  After our core routines, we started off by coming up with a working definition of what Ecosystems are and how they connect all over the world.  It was awesome to lean on the prior-knowledge of our students – we’ve got a clever bunch! After our lessons, we threw on our scientist hat and headed for the field to

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Wild about Animals

Wild about Animals

Hey Everyone, We had a fun week at Forest School exploring the wonderful and intricate world of Animals.  And we were SURROUNDED by them this week.  A hare one morning, a groundhog, lots of squirrels, our resident chipmunk and even a bat that literally hung out on the school house all day. Oh and of course we were inundated with birds!  We saw dozens of different types and listened attentively

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