Forest Fridays is a one day a week nature immersion program, where students learn outdoor survival skills such as shelter building, foraging, orienteering, fire starting, and so much more!
Led by experienced educators, this program is offered to students ages 4-12 in public school or who are homeschooled. Children have the opportunity to spend one day of their school week outside in nature, engaged in the natural world around them, and learning hands on practical skills. We also offer a Forest Fridays PA Day program which follows the DSBN, NCDSB, French Catholic (Mon Avenir), HWDSB calendar.
This program takes place from 9:00-3:30 at 130 Main St. E., Grimsby, as well as at local off site locations, which are communicated to parents before hand.
We are very excited to offer this program that provides continued access to a wooded area, promoting good physical, mental, social and emotional health, while developing a connection with the environment. The students build life skills such as resilience while being outdoors in all kinds of weather, spatial awareness while negotiating forest trails, social competency while working as a team, and self confidence while assessing and taking risks in the physical environment.
By revisiting the same location in the woods, children develop a stronger relationship with nature, while also being able to observe the changing of the seasons and how this affects nature and all of its inhabitants.
“What’s important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it and feel comfortable in it, before being asked to heal its wounds.”- David Sobel
Please see a sample schedule of the day below:
Transition to Forest (Centennial park- Grimsby)
Skill-based group learning (ex. ropes, shelter building, fire building, tools, flora & fauna identification etc.)