Welcome to Forest Fridays!

Our Forest Fridays program is a one-day 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 4-10 in public school or who are homeschooled. Children have the opportunity to spend one day of their school week or PD Days outside in nature, engaged in the natural world around them, and learning hands-on practical skills.

This program takes place from 9:00-4:00, located at the Elizabeth Street Pumphouse, 447 Elizabeth St., Grimsby. This is a beautiful location with amazing views of Lake Ontario, a small beach, and a forested area.

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:

9:00am Morning gathering
9:30am Transition to Forest
10:00am Skill-based group learning (ex. ropes, shelter building, fire building, tools, flora & fauna identification etc.)
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Free play & skills practice
2:00pm S.T.E.A.M
3:00pm Free play & skills practice
3:30pm Transition back to the school