Programs

Registration for the 2022 - 2023 School Year is OPEN!

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2022 - 2023 Programs

School Year Programs

SEEDS, SPROUTS, SAPLINGS PROGRAMS (5 - 13 YEARS)


Our days are spent exploring the natural environment, practicing skills & risk management, developing mindfulness, embracing passions, and engaging in games and activities that teach. The learning experience is ever-changing and driven by questioning, storytelling, and inquiry. Children will have opportunities to develop an understanding of nature concepts and learn and practice new skills such as woodworking, cooking, orienteering, crafting, outdoor survival skills and more. Through facilitator mentorship, reflection, community building activities, and nature inspired challenges, we aim to develop critical thinking skills, resiliency, focus, positive social skills, and overall physical and emotional well-being of individuals and the whole group.


Hours: 9am to 3:30pm; extended hours available (AM: 8:15 - 8:45; PM: 3:30 - 4:00)


When: Programs offered Monday - Thursday on a weekly basis throughout Fall, Winter, & Spring; participants can register for a maximum of 2 days/programs for a given term


Fees: $72.50+HST per participant per day

MONDAY: SEEDS (5 - 7 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (12 weeks): Sept. 19 - Dec. 12 2022; excludes Thanksgiving Oct. 10

  • Winter Term (6 weeks): Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 2023

  • Spring Term (10 weeks): Mar. 20 - June 5 2023; excludes Easter Monday Apr. 10 & Victoria Day May 22

THURSDAY: SEEDS (5 - 7 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (13 weeks): Sept. 22 - Dec. 15 2022

  • Winter Term (8 weeks): Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 2023

  • Spring Term (12 weeks): Mar. 23 - June 8

MONDAY: SPROUTS (7 - 10 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (12 weeks): Sept. 19 - Dec. 12 2022; excludes Thanksgiving Oct. 10

  • Winter Term (6 weeks): Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 2023

  • Spring Term (10 weeks): Mar. 20 - June 5 2023; excludes Easter Monday Apr. 10 & Victoria Day May 22

WEDNESDAY: SPROUTS (7 - 10 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (13 weeks): Sept. 21 - Dec. 14 2022

  • Winter Term (8 weeks): Jan. 4 - Feb. 22 2023

  • Spring Term (12 weeks): Mar. 22 - June 7

THURSDAY: SPROUTS (7 - 9 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (13 weeks): Sept. 22 - Dec. 15 2022

  • Winter Term (8 weeks): Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 2023

  • Spring Term (12 weeks): Mar. 23 - June 8

TUESDAY: SAPLINGS (10 - 13 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (13 weeks): Sept. 20 - Dec. 13 2022

  • Winter Term (8 weeks): Jan. 3 - Feb. 21 2023

  • Spring Term (12 weeks): Mar. 21 - June 6 2023

FOREST RANGERS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (11 - 14 YEARS)

Youth will examine nature concepts through inquiries, field studies, and exploration; learn about and make connections to local, national, and international environmental issues; and continue to refine and master skills in woodworking, cooking, orienteering, crafting, outdoor survival skills and more through larger focussed projects and activities. Games with aims (learning through play) continue to be a part of regular activities. This program is for those looking to develop greater leadership, stewardship and critical thinking skills and involves an application process to ensure student readiness and program suitability.


Apply here: https://forms.gle/oDdWfAuS5XzcmZDD8


Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm; extended hours available (AM: 8:15 - 8:45; PM: 3:30 - 4:00)


Fees: $72.50+HST per participant per day


WEDNESDAY: FOREST RANGERS (11 - 14 YEARS)

  • Fall Term (13 weeks): Sept. 21 - Dec. 14 2022

  • Winter Term (8 weeks): Jan. 4 - Feb. 22 2023

  • Spring Term (12 weeks): Mar. 22 - June 7

ROOTS & SHOOTS: PARENT & TOT PROGRAM (0+ YEARS)

Parents and toddlers alike will have opportunities to socialize and interact with others and the natural environment and activities will include short hikes, outdoor play with age-appropriate tools and loose parts, stories, songs, and lots of play. This program is meant to introduce families to the Forest School experience and to provide opportunities for families to spend time together outside in nature. Families can choose to register for a full term or pre-select drop in dates throughout a given term.

Hours: 9:30am to 11:30am

Fees: $25+HST per 1 child & 1 adult per day; $5+HST per additional walking child per day

MONDAY: ROOTS & SHOOTS (0+ YEARS)

  • Fall Term (12 weeks): Sept. 19 - Dec. 12 2022; excludes Thanksgiving Oct. 10

  • Winter Term (6 weeks): Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 2023

  • Spring Term (10 weeks): Mar. 20 - June 5 2023; excludes Easter Monday Apr. 10 & Victoria Day May 22

THURSDAY: ROOTS & SHOOTS (0+ YEARS)

  • Fall Term (13 weeks): Sept. 22 - Dec. 15 2022

  • Winter Term (8 weeks): Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 2023

  • Spring Term (12 weeks): Mar. 23 - June 8

When:

  • Fri. Sept. 23 (DCDSB)

  • Fri. Nov. 18 (DDSB)

  • Fri. Jan. 20 (DDSB, DCDSB)

  • Fri. June 2 (DDSB)

  • Fri. June 9 (DCDSB)

PA DAY PROGRAMS (5 - 12 YEARS)

Activities will reflect the season and include forest exploration & learning, various team and leadership games, cooperative group games, and arts. Before and after care options are available. While PA dates reflect specific DDSB or DCDSB PA days, any children are welcome to register for these programs.

Ages: 5 - 12 years

  • Seeds/Sprouts (5 - 8)

  • Sprouts/Saplings (8 - 12)

Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm

  • Extended Hours

      • AM: 8:15 - 8:45am

      • PM: 3:30 - 4:00pm

Fees: $67.50+HST per participant per day

SPECIALTY & DROP IN PROGRAMS (7 - 12 YEARS)

Foxes 10 session Monthly Program (7 - 11 YEARS)

A similar program to our Seeds, Sprouts or Saplings programs that only takes place once per month throughout September to June with the same group of students to develop skills and community. It provides children the opportunity to experience an outdoor learning environment without a weekly commitment

  • Participants 6 turning 7 by end of Dec 2022 and participants 11 turning 12 within the 22-23 school year can register

Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm; extended hours available (AM: 8:15 - 8:45; PM: 3:30 - 4:00)


Fees: $67.50+HST per participant per day


TUESDAY: 10 sessions

    • FALL: Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 13

    • WINTER: Jan. 17, Feb. 14

    • SPRING: Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 23, June 6

4-session Wilderness Survival Program (8 - 12 YEARS)


A 4-part Wilderness Survival Program with each day focussing on different aspects of Wilderness Survival; may include fire building, knots, shelter, cooking, animal/plant ID/tracking, orienteering, first aid & more

  • NOTE: exact themes and activities are subject to change based on seasonal weather & other safety & program planning factors to consider

  • Participants 7 turning 8 by end of Dec 2022 and participants 12 turning 13 within the 22-23 school year can register

Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm; extended hours available (AM: 8:15 - 8:45; PM: 3:30 - 4:00)


Fees: $67.50+HST per participant per day


TUESDAY: 4 sessions

    • FALL:

      • Oct. 4: Shelter, First Aid, Orienteering

      • Nov. 8: Fire/Cooking, Mapping, tracking

    • SPRING:

      • Apr. 4: Orienteering, Plant/Animal ID, First Aid

      • May 2: Knots, Shelter, Fire/Cooking

Summer Programs

Daily Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm

  • Extended Hours

      • AM: 8:15 - 8:45am

      • PM: 3:30 - 4:00pm

Our days are spent fully immersed in the natural environment, exploring unique ecosystems, embracing child passions, playing games, creating arts & crafts, practicing mindfulness, developing nature knowledge & skills and making friendships and memories to last a lifetime! Join us for an exciting adventure in the great outdoors!​

2023 Dates: July 3 - 7, July 10 - 14, July 17 - 21, July 24 - 28; August 7 - 11, August 14 - 18

Age: 5 - 15 years old; must have completed SK by July 1 2023

  • Seeds (5 - 7)

  • Seedlings (6 - 8) -- offered in August only

  • Sprouts (7 - 9)

  • Saplings (9 - 12)

  • Rangers (12 - 15) -- offered in July only

Fees:

Registration opens in February