Forest and Nature School (FNS) is an educational approach and program of delivery, that has existed since the late 1950s, with thousands of programs expanding the world over and gaining popularity in Canada in the last decade.
FNS can happen on a part time or full time basis, and it can also take place in a variety of contexts, environments, with varying age groups, and in different climates. Despite variations, all FNS programs adhere to the following: regular and repeated access to the same natural space, as well as emergent, experiential, inquiry-based, and play-based learning .
The defining feature of this type of nature-based education model is that children are provided with opportunities to build an on-going relationship to the land, to (a) dedicated educator(s), to one another, and to themselves.
~ Forest and Nature School Canada
Nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes, Algoma Forest & Nature Sschool is located on a 95 acre parcel of private land on St. Joseph Island, in the Algoma region of Ontario. Our site is diverse, offering opportunities for play and exploration in old agricultural fields, mixed wood forests, lowlands areas as well as a beautiful stand of maple, in which maple sap is collected and made into maple syrup on site every Spring
We offer nature-based, outdoor learning programs for children ages 3-12. These programs are structured by means of season terms, as well as PA day camps and a March Break Sugar Moon camp! Whether your school-aged child attends public school or is homeschooled, forest and nature school is a wonderful addition to their education.
Check out this great video of our Forest & Nature School featured on Shaw Spotlight!