Last Year’s Sunshine

Last Year’s Sunshine

Hey Folks! We finished off our Winter Session with an awesome week full of fun! With the quick snow melt and warm weather, our little river is raging and constantly changing.  Students had so much fun in and around it this week from setting up dams that beavers would be envious of to carving out a course and getting out the tools to create boats for an epic race, and as

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A Sweet, Sweet Week

A Sweet, Sweet Week

Hey Friends! We’ve officially entered our absolutely favourite “season” – I know, we say that every season, but it’s true – welcome to Maple Season! We are fortunate enough to have access to some old Maples and a sugar shack in Collingwood and spent the week picking out the perfect trees!  Each student go to claim their very own tree that they’ve  committed to taking care of from here on

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Pancake Tuesday and Tinder Pouches!

Pancake Tuesday and Tinder Pouches!

Hey Folks! With our brief stint of warm weather over the weekend, dreams of leaving Winter behind (don’t get me wrong, we LOVE Winter) and heading into our favourite season (MAPLE Season) were on our mind .  And while as the week progressed we were in for a wallop of snow, we celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday the best way we know how:  Pancakes made over the fire with the

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Skating, Fishing and a Drey!

Skating, Fishing and a Drey!

Hey Friends of FNS! We had a fun week taking full advantage of the Winter Wonderland – from sunny bluebird days to amazing blizzards! Our ice rink on the pond was finally ready for some skating – and just in time before the temps rise.  The students worked hard to clear (and flood) the ice over the past few weeks and it culminated in some great times skating with friends,

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The Sounds of Forest School

The Sounds of Forest School

The forest was alive with the sound of…Forest School! If you were a squirrel scampering around in the Memorial Park forest today, some of the things you might have heard include: -the excited cheers of pirates as they searched for treasure -homemade fishing rods being cast to catch some “snow fish” -birch and beech trees being observed and discussed -peppermint tea boiling -a new game about seeds and trees being

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Epic Sagas, Bows and Arrows and Good Ol’ Fashioned Play.

Epic Sagas, Bows and Arrows and Good Ol’ Fashioned Play.

Hey Folks! We do a lot of things at FNS that encourage connection with Nature and no doubt a lot of it is based in play.   There are 16 different types of identified play – and for us play is something that is done for fun and not necessarily for any practical reason.  This week in particular we overwhelmingly noticed that our students came alive as they let there

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Lime-zards, Cherry-mapotamuses and Lemon-osaurauses… oh my.

Lime-zards, Cherry-mapotamuses and Lemon-osaurauses… oh my.

Hey Folks! We’ve been having a blast with the Winter finally arriving in full force!  Students this week took full advantage the snow as they explored, played, created and wandered their way around the forest!  With the cold weather, our fire skills were put to the test and we were able to create epic forts, warm quinzees and seemingly never ending tunnels through the snow – which gave us an

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Natural Glue, Electric Spiders and Becoming Invisible

Natural Glue, Electric Spiders and Becoming Invisible

Hey Folks! Another great week of learning and play at FNS!  We honed in our ability to sneak and camouflage ourselves through the forest by learning about cougars and their (just about) invisible movements stalking prey.  We then channeled this to get up close and personal with some birds in our sit spots. Some groups created homemade recycled birdfeeders (some completed with handmade milkweed rope to hang) in their special

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Snowy Days and a Birch Bark Rap

Snowy Days and a Birch Bark Rap

A fresh blanket of white snow greeted us in Memorial Park this morning! Many more changes became apparent as we explored, including erosion along the beach, signs of the wind storm, iced leaves, and a certain hush to the forest that comes with the first snowfall. Birch bark was our offering this morning, which the students tucked into their pockets to save as tinder for our fire later in the

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