Based out of Fernie, BC, this 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. The program 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.


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. 

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

To register for Forest School please click on REGISTER HERE. Registration will be processed on a first come first serve basis. We are offering the following classes.  

Tues/Thurs AM class (3-5 yrs) 9am-12pm

Tues/Thurs PM class (3-5 yrs) 12:30-3:30pm

Wednesday Full Day (5-7 yrs) 9:30am - 3pm

* 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.

* Please read through the FAQs page for more information. 

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