Outdoor School (Ages 5-10)

Forest School

New this year, we’re welcoming participants ages 5-7 and 8-10 to join us daily for Forest School!*

Pine’s Forest School programs are designed to enhance school curriculum and support the healthy development of the whole child – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Instructors adopt Pine’s innovative mentoring approach, which integrates emergent learning, visual and performing arts, mindfulness practices, loose parts play and games. Our philosophy is similar to the Reggio Emilia approach, where children are empowered to direct their own learning experience with the guidance of trusted mentors.*

In light of Covid-19, we’re taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of participants and staff. Please review this important information to learn more. 

Forest School programs are currently being offered for two age groups – Coyote Pups (ages 5-7) and Fiery Foxes (ages 8-10)*. Groups meet daily (Monday – Friday) for half-day programming in the West End. See more details below. 

*At least one Forest School instructor will be a certified teacher. 

*Daily outdoor programs can be challenging for young ones under the best of circumstances, especially during winter. New Covid-19 health procedures, such as physical distancing, restrict the amount of hands-on support our instructors can offer participants. Therefore, we’ve adjusted our normal age groupings slightly.

Forest School
Forest School

Click here to learn more about our curriculum and learning outcomes.

2020/21 Season Details:

This is a year round program that meets daily (Monday - Friday) during the following periods:
Fall: September 21 - December 18, 2020
Winter: January 4 - March 12, 2021
Spring: March 22 - June 18, 2021
*TDSB holidays and board-wide PA days (Nov. 20 & Feb. 12) excluded

We update program availability about once a week, but things can change fast! To double check if spots are available in your program of interest, we recommend heading over to our registration site (click "Register" below). If a program is full, we encourage you to sign up to waitlists! We typically see some turnover throughout the year and we’d love to let you know if a spot opens up. 

WEST END: King’s Mill Park / Etienne Brule Park, Coyote Pups: Ages 5-7

Monday - Friday
9:00am - Noon

WEST END: King’s Mill Park / Etienne Brule Park, Fiery Foxes: Ages 8-10

Monday - Friday
1:00pm - 4:00pm - ONE SPOT LEFT!
Price: $8,495

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


We’ll be accepting applications to register for the 2020/21 season starting on Wednesday, August 26th at noon!* To view availability and apply to register after that date, click the Registration button below and complete an application. 

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

*Please note: We offer pre-registration to returning participants before this public registration date. Therefore, we’re not able guarantee program availability at open registration. However, we encourage you to sign up to waitlists! We typically see some turnover throughout the year and we’d love to let you know if a spot opens up.

We know that there may be increased interest in outdoor programming this year. Depending on registration demand, we may expand our programming beyond what is currently being offered. If you have specific requests or ideas, please feel free to reach out to our team at info@pineproject.org.  

Cancellation Policy:

***Please note: The cancellation policy for Forest School differs from that of other Outdoor School programs. Please ensure you review the policy closely before registering.

  • A $2,000 deposit is required for each registration. Of this, $1,000 is non-refundable.
  • A full refund, less a $1,000 non-refundable deposit, will be issued to any cancellation made during the notice period of 28 calendar days or more prior to the start date of the program.
  • Cancellations before December 15th will result in a 50% reimbursement of the program tuition.
  • No refunds will be issued after December 15th.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a program or change a program’s duration, price or location.
  • If a program is cancelled or changed due to weather, no refund will be issued. Where possible, arrangements will be made for a make-up day.
  • If a program is cancelled or changed due to low enrolment, a full refund will be issued.

All cancellations must be requested in writing by emailing info@pineproject.org

We recognize that extenuating circumstances exist. For cancellations due to medical illnesses, or for any other compassionate reason, please apply in writing to info@pineproject.org. If the reason is medical- or illness-related please include official documentation.

The above policy is not applicable during a time of force majeure or circumstances beyond our control (e.g. pandemic, quarantine, natural disaster, etc.).

Covid-19: Though we are currently able to operate Forest School programs, there remains the possibility that we may need to shut down due to government mandate or other Covid-related circumstances.

  • We are not able to guarantee a notice period. However, we will do our very best to advise families as soon as we are able.
  • In the case that we need to cancel programs due to Covid-19, families will receive an 80% prorated refund per day missed.