Established in 2016, Outdoor Connections Forest School is located on 60 acres of private land twelve km south of Fernie, BC.  The program is modeled after the Forest School approach that has been established in Europe since the 1950s. This outdoor play-based program is for children ages 3-7 yrs. Forest School is nature-based, child-directed and experiential.  Children will be given time and space to develop their interests, skills and understanding through valuable unstructured play.

 
“Kids can’t bounce off the walls if there are no walls to bounce off”
— ~ Erin Kenny

ENROLLMENT

Fee's are listed for a 10 week program


PM FOREST PRESCHOOL

$395

Tues + Thurs

12:30pm-3:30pm

 

FULL DAY FOREST SCHOOL

$400

Wednesdays

9am-3pm

AM FOREST PRESCHOOL

$395

 Tues + Thurs

9am-12pm

 


HALF DAY FOREST PRESCHOOL

This 3 hour program is designed to foster the child's lifelong connection to the natural world and themselves.  We strongly believe that free-play is essential for a child's healthy development.  We promote independence, confidence, resiliency and self-awareness by climbing snowbanks, reading stories, scrambling hills, looking for bugs and letting the children decide where to engage in free-play.

Ages: 3-5

Session Dates: Fall 2018 Sept 4 - Dec 13,  Winter 2019 Jan 8 - March 14th,  Spring 2019 April 9 - June 13


FULL DAY FOREST SCHOOL

Children will spend every Wednesday learning and playing in the forest, meadow, creeks or snow hills.  Designed to foster a deeper connection to nature, children will be given ample opportunities to lead their learning through an inquiry play-based approach.  Children's questions and ideas guide their learning and help shape the focus at Forest School.  While their is still a strong focus on free-play, there are opportunities to explore their creative or artistic side through natural materials and loose parts.  Children will explore the sounds of nature through silent sit-spots.

Ages: 5-7

Session Dates: Winter 2019 Jan 9 - March 13

* The full day program is suitable for those who are home schooled or those who wish to combine Forest School programming with the traditional school environment.


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School Calendars: 2018/2019 school calendar

Parent Handbook: 2018/2019 parent handbook

Location: Birch Meadows Lodge

*Please read through the FAQs page for more information

 

 

Inspired by her child's experience in a forest preschool in Germany, Frances Krusekopf has developed a pilot project for kindergarten children to take their learning outdoors - and it has taken off.