Forest and Nature Programs


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!


Drop-off recreational
program for 4-5 year olds:

Sign your child up to spend the afternoon outside in the meadow, forest and creek, experiencing the changing seasons and learning about our local ecosystem. With each class, they'll build a more meaningful connection to the land and to each other as we learn, explore, and grow together.

Program Information

Tuesday Tree Trekkers 

2.5 hours/day: 12:30-3:00pm
1 day/week 6 week session: $230
Age: 4-5 year olds
Type: Drop-off
Dates: Program runs Tuesday November 9 to Tuesday December 14
Location: OPCC Satellite Location (481 North Service Rd W, Unit 25) We'll meet at the satellite location every morning, then head to Indian Ridge Trail.
Dress for the weather: Pack a nut-free snack, water
bottle and your imagination!

For full program details, please view the parent handbook.

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.