‘Tis the season … for snow and good-byes!

‘Tis the season … for snow and good-byes!

Hello folks one last time! The last two days of forest school have come and our 2017 fall semester is now over. With mixed feelings we looked back on our past months and said goodbye to new friends, adventures, exploration, discoveries and new (nature) knowledge! But no reason to be sad … Forest School will continue in the Winter in Collingwood and will return to Thornbury in the spring! And

Read More

Shelter building & nature photography

Shelter building & nature photography

Hello once again! Our Forest School fall semester is slowly coming to an end, sadly. But we will be back next year for sure. And maybe your children will be too! On these last chilly Forest School days we have been wandering, hiking and exploring to keep ourselves warm. Last week’s theme was: nature photography. For this the students decided they wanted to visit the Clendennan Damn once more. We

Read More

Fish rescue & ancient discovery

Fish rescue & ancient discovery

Good day! Christmas is approaching and the weather is adjusting, at least it’s trying. A big mix of cold and warm weather. But there’s no such thing as the wrong weather! We here at Forest School are always prepared for an adventure and dressed accordingly! Lately we have been starting our morning with fires (to keep us warm) and are expanding our fire-keeping knowledge as the children love to help

Read More

Making our very own map!

Making our very own map!

Good day parents! Last Wednesday was our very first day of Forest School WITH snow. At least a little. I’m very sure we will be having more of that very soon. As it was very cold overnight a lot of the nearby puddles froze and that was what the Snowy Owls started their day off with: exploratory play with ice! First throwing things onto it, making it break. Then walking

Read More

A hiking we will go…

A hiking we will go…

Hey Everyone, It was a great week here at Forest School and we had a lot of fun as teachers exploring new places and old favourites with our students.  On Monday, we held a trial day to introduce new children to FNS.  It was a great day full of sharing our special places at Bygone Days, hiking, playing, making shelters, fires and building with hand tools.  Thanks to all those

Read More

NA-NA-NA-NA (…) BAT-SHELTEEEER!

NA-NA-NA-NA (…) BAT-SHELTEEEER!

Hey folks! Last Wednesday was our big project day. The week before we had already started speaking about what the Snowy Owls wished to do on the big project day so I had enough time to get materials. The children are currently very eager to earn their stickers and beads. Therefore, after they had taken a glance at the missing stickers on their bingo sheets they made a quick decision:

Read More

Subterranean Explorers, Castle Dwellers… and SNOW

Subterranean Explorers, Castle Dwellers… and SNOW

Hey Everyone, We had a fun week exploring the caves up around Metcalfe rock last week.  Challenge-by- choice was the name of the game, and  students pushed their limits and expanded their comfort zones as they ducked, crawled, and climbed their way down into the Earth. Most groups had the chance to visit the Ice Cave, a local favourite because of it’s tasty surprise at the bottom.  Students had the

Read More

Today we were chefs

Today we were chefs

What a typical breezy fall day here at forest school! There was a little bit of everything: rain, clouds, sunshine, wind … and some fresh fall temperatures! We were well prepared for an other Wednesday in Heathcote with our warm sweaters and rain jackets. And to help keep us warm we wanted to start our day with a fire.  We have been practicing our fire making, fire keeping and fire

Read More

Aim, steady, shoot!

Aim, steady, shoot!

Hello once again! What wonderful fall weather we had this week! This gave us so much time to play and explore outside. This week’s theme was “archery” and oh boy (girl?!) did we have fun! Before making our own bows and arrows we learned some different parts of a real bow and arrow and discussed where and why bows and arrows are used. We came to the conclusion that nowadays

Read More

R is for beaveR RiveR!

R is for beaveR RiveR!

Hey folks! Today we explored the Beaver River! We were lucky to have such nice warm weather in this early month of October. After our morning ritual of check-ins and smudging, we began making a minnow-trap together. We used a big pop bottle, took the lid off, cut off the top part, then turned it into the bottle and made holes into the side of the top of the bottle

Read More