We are thrilled to provide opportunities for children to access the many benefits of outdoor learning and nature immersion. Fresh air, exercise and time spent in nature not only builds a deep connection to and sense of care for our natural world, but also provides many physical and mental health benefits.
Forest and Nature programs at OPCC follow the guiding principles of Forest and Nature schools in Canada, as outlined by the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. We begin each session by provoking curiosity about the natural world through sharing artifacts or stories, then spend time doing activities in the nearby field and meadow, and walk to the Indian Ridge Trail, located just behind the centre. On the trail we hike, play games, explore the creek, and use natural materials to create, learn, imagine and grow.
Most of our time will be spent outdoors, rain or shine, unless in instances of extreme weather when we will set up indoors in our classroom space. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty!
Session withdrawals received more than 14 days prior to the start date are subject to a $25 administration fee. There are no refunds for withdrawals received with fewer than 14 days notice. Fees cannot be refunded for any part of a session for which a child is absent through illness, accident, quarantine or other cause.
For full program policies, please view the parent handbook.