Q: How can my child attend if they are in regular school?
A: Your child would be excused from their regular school day by you, the parent/guardian. This would need to be pre-arranged with the teacher and/or administrator of their school. It is up to your discretion whether this is something you would like your child to do. Our focus is to help support your child's learning and development that would complement their regular school experience.
Q: Won't my child fall behind in their school work if they are regularly absent?
A: It is important that we establish a positive and collaborative relationship with the school, teacher, child and you the parent/guardian in order to support the child’s learning fully. Our goal is to provide a learning environment that helps your child build skills and knowledge that will assist them in succeeding in their regular school day and all aspects of their life. While we do not directly communicate with the child's classroom teacher, we do encourage open lines of communication between the families and their child's school about their child's involvement in our programs.
Q: What will my child be learning in your programs?
A: Our goal is provide real experiential learning opportunities through nature immersion and mentorship that will enhance the children's focus, self-confidence, and collaboration skills while connecting to nature and the outdoor environment. This will be achieved through the exploration of their surrounding environment and following their passions and interests. There are various resources that guide our curriculum and learning goals which can be explored within our Resources page.
Q: As a program that operates entirely outdoors, what do you do when there is inclement weather?
A: It is important for us to educate our students on how to dress appropriately for all types of weather. However if we are faced with severe inclement weather (i.e. high winds, thunderstorms, etc), we will go into our shelter and call parents/guardians for an early pick up if it seems that the weather is not quickly subsiding.
Q: Do you allow children to attend a couple of days per term instead of the entire term?
A: We believe it is important to create routine and to promote place-based learning which means regular exposure to the same environment. Participating in an entire term (and better yet, an entire year) is recommended to provide your child with a true Forest School experience; however, we do understand the need to be flexible and will work with you to best meet your child's needs.
Q: What are your participant to facilitator ratios?
A: This depends on the program:
Roots & Shoots: Parent & Tot: Ages 0+ -- 12:1 (includes children and adults)
School Year Weekly Programs: 5:1 (Seeds), 6:1 (Sprouts/Saplings), 7:1 (Rangers)
PA Day Programs: 8:1
Summer Programs: 6:1
Q: What are the costs of your programs?
A: Our daily rate for each program is as follows & does not include HST:
Weekly School Year Programs: Seeds, Sprouts, Saplings, Forest Rangers: $72.50 per participant per day
Roots & Shoots (Parent & Tot): $25 per family per day + $5 per each additional walking child
PA Day Programs: $67.50 per participant per day
Group Programs: $10.50 per participant per hour
Summer Programs: $325 per participant per week
Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: Yes, we offer sibling discounts & school year discounts (register for the same day/program for Fall, Winter & Spring Term)
Q: Do you offer extended hours?
A: Yes: Morning Care from 8:15am to 8:45am and Afternoon Care from 3:30pm to 4:00pm