We at the Owen Sound Forest School are very excited about the growth of our Forest School community. Since launching this past September (2016), we have had so many student success stories. Whether a student is home schooled or attending a more traditional school, evidence shows there is a huge benefit for participating one day a week in forest school.
What is Forest School?
The practice of immersing children in nature from an early age has long been popular in the Scandinavian countries. We are part of a large movement in Canada to provide children with regular and repeated access to a natural space, as well as child-directed, emergent and inquiry-based learning.
Children attending At Last Forest School (ALFS) in Owen Sound or Saugeen Shores have the opportunity to learn in a natural environment, spending the majority of their day outdoors in small groups with qualified teachers or Early Childhood Educators. .
The defining feature of this type of nature-based education program is that children are provided with opportunities to build an on-going relationship with the land, to a dedicated educator, to one another, and to themselves through this educational lens.
The ALFS Mission is to use the Forest School model to bring children closer to nature. By cultivating rich learning experiences, children will develop a life-long relationship with the diverse natural environment our locations have to offer.
The ALFS Vision is for children to play within their local forests with a knowledgeable and experienced educator who understands the importance of inquiry-based learning and it’s rule in supporting a healthy child and more sustainable world. We