The Pine Project: Inspiring a love of nature.

The Pine Project forest school is a registered charitable organization dedicated to inspiring a love of nature.

Since our founding in 2008, we have grown to become Ontario’s leading forest school nature connection organization. We provide year-round outdoor education programming for people of all ages, with a focus on children and youth. Our offerings include school year programs, day and overnight camps, and adult workshops. We also partner with schools and other groups to develop custom nature programming. All of our nature school programs take place 100% outdoors, in all seasons, no matter the weather. Each year, we run 220+ days of programming to serve over 2,000 people.

What is nature connection?

What is nature connection?

Nature connection is an approach to outdoor education that focuses on building strong relationships to nature, community, and self. It combines mental, physical, social, and emotional experiences to foster a deep connection to nature, while also promoting personal growth and well-being.

Our forest school programs foster confidence, competence, resilience and a deep connection with nature in a way that is hard to achieve in more conventional learning environments. To learn more about our unique approach, click here.

By helping children connect to nature and teaching adults to do the same, we’re growing happier, healthier children who care for the Earth. We’re empowering the next generation of environmental stewards, problem solvers and leaders. At this time, what could be more important?


If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.

— David Sobel
Our Mission

Our Mission

The Pine Project forest school fosters confidence, competence, resilience and connection to nature through transformative outdoor experiences for all ages in Toronto and beyond.

Our Vision

Our Vision

We envision a world where healthy people are deeply connected to and care for themselves, others and their natural environment.

Our Values

Our Values

Gratitude, awareness, connection, community, life-long learning, resilience, fun!


Our Shared Impact

Our work is made possible by our community – kids, families, adult participants, staff, partners, donors and other community members. Together, we inspire thousands of people to get outside each year, build deep relationships with nature, self and others, and find joy, belonging, strength, and growth in the outdoors. Read about the shared impact we have in Pine’s 2023 Year in Review Report.

Download Full Report Here

Thank you to our generous supporters and partners!

We are honoured to have the support and partnership of so many within our community, including those highlighted below. An especially big thank you to the hundreds of families who join us in learning, playing and connecting in nature each year.







Tippet Foundation

Frederick and Douglas Dickson Memorial Foundation