Forest School (Ages 5-10)

Forest School

Pine’s Forest School provides a unique outdoor learning environment for children ages 5-10. As part of Canada’s leading nature connection organization, Forest School integrates over a decade of experience delivering transformative outdoor programming.

Our goal is to foster student-led learning experiences that support the healthy development of the whole child – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Our programs inspire confidence, enthusiasm for learning, and a deep relationship with nature in a way that is hard to achieve in more conventional learning environments. Children leave each day muddy and inspired! 

Unfortunately, Pine’s Forest School is on hold for the 2021/22 school year. But we’re looking forward to offering Forest School as a full-day private school* for 2022/23! We’ll be releasing more details soon. In the meantime, we hope you’ll take a look below, get excited, and reach out with any questions. We’d love to connect and talk about everything Forest School has to offer.

What makes Pine’s Forest School unique

  • Outdoor learning: We are a school without walls! Forest School is 100% outdoors, allowing children to explore and learn from nature year-round. Evidence shows that facilitated time in nature makes for smarter, happier and healthier children. Outdoor learning has been linked to strengthened academic performance, physical and mental health, personal and interpersonal growth, and environmental ethic. Our knowledgeable teachers create a safe environment for students to interact directly with nature, take measured risks, and put classroom concepts into practice. 
  • Innovative mentoring approach: Our innovative mentoring approach integrates a variety of progressive educational philosophies & learning pathways to support the healthy development of the whole child. Learn more about our approach and curriculum below. 
  • Small class sizes: Thanks to small class sizes and low student:teacher ratios, students benefit from individualized instruction and stronger personal connections. 
  • Experienced and dedicated teachers: We recognize that each child’s journey of learning and growth takes many paths. Our teachers bring a wide range of expertise in outdoor education, early childhood education and development, and naturalist and wilderness skills. They share a passion for inspiring a love of learning and working outdoors with kids. At least one teacher per class is certified by the Ontario College of Teachers or a national/international equivalent. Our staff and volunteers are all first aid certified and have up to date background checks.
  • Community & partnership: We aim to create a space where children feel deeply connected to community – human and non-human. We build strong partnerships with families that are based in mutual respect, open communication and a shared commitment to students’ achievement and well-being.
  • Focus on safety: We continuously review and adapt our health and safety procedures and emergency plans to ensure individual and group safety. In light of Covid-19, we’re taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of participants and staff. Please review this IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION before applying to register. 

*BSID number pending (pending validation by the Ontario Ministry of Education to operate as a private school)

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Forest School

2022/23 Season Details:

Classes meet daily (Monday - Friday), approximately following the TDSB school year calendar.

WEST END: King’s Mill Park / Etienne Brule Park

Monday - Friday
Price: TBA

A payment plan is available. Bursaries are available through our Bursary Fund.

Registration

Please stay tuned for registration details!

*We follow an application to register process – families apply to register a student and after brief review, we’ll send you an email to confirm your acceptance in the program or follow up with some additional questions.

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