Year-long Nature School
Forest Learners Middle School
Grades 4 to 7
9:30AM to 3PM
6,750 + tax
$50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
The Forest Learners Middle School unites nature-based learning and academics to support children in Grades 4 to 7 to discover themselves, connect to nature, and meet their academic potential. Designed in collaboration with Chris Balme, author of “Finding the Magic of Middle School”, the immersive four-day-per-week outdoor educational program is entirely project-based, hands-on, and developed specifically for the middle school ages to not only stimulate young minds, nurture a love for nature and adventure, and also honour their growing sense of self.
To deliver outdoor education that prioritizes embodied nature connection, social-emotional support, and experiential learning in the delivery of BC curriculum.
- Teaching to the whole child and meeting learners where they are at
- Creating meaningful connection to the natural world, community, and others
- Encouraging play, imagination, and a sense of awe in all we do
- Fostering a community where mentors, teachers, and parents are all involved in the learning of a child
To join the Forest Learner Program, fill out the form to register your interest. We will contact you based on your preferences to have a conversation about what you are looking for in your child’s education program and determine together if we are the right fit. Then, your child can join an in-person visit week, and if everything is seamless, we will take a deposit upon acceptance.
What makes the Forest Learner Middle School different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning: Rather than a traditional classroom setting, students are immersed in nature and can actively explore and discover their surroundings. This type of learning is highly engaging and helps foster curiosity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity.
- Academic achievement. Designed to meet the curriculum competencies of the BC education system and the developmental stages of the pre-teen, the children work in six-week learning cycles that are cross-curricular. Having personal, social, and relevant projects and activities that integrate multiple subjects promotes a holistic understanding of various topics and allows students to make connections between different disciplines.
- Environmental awareness: By spending time outdoors regularly, the program creates an appreciation for the natural environment among students. They intuitively develop a deep connection with nature and understand its importance while they simultaneously learn about ecosystems, wildlife habitats, plant life cycles, soil composition, and more. This fosters environmental stewardship and a sense of responsibility toward preserving the natural world.
- Socio-Emotional growth: Honouring the developmental stage of the middle school age and the period of discovering their sense of self, added emphasis is on social and emotional awareness and the ability to address conflict with and among peers. When space is designed and created to address conflict, students can learn to care for themselves and their peers in meaningful ways while teachers are present as support.
Mondays, Thursdays – Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
Tuesdays, Wednesdays – Camp Capilano
Siblings receive a 10% discount
No program due to stat holidays: Oct 9, Feb 19, April 1, May 20
Last day before Winter Break: Dec 14
Program resumes from Winter Break: Jan 8
Last day before Spring Break: March 14
Program resumes from Spring Break: April 2
Last day: June 6, 2023
What Families are Saying
“Our son loves the Forest Learners program! Not only does he get to spend his days outdoors with a small group of kids and caring instructors, he is learning about the natural world while developing age appropriate skills in literacy and numeracy. This is what school should look like for all students – outdoors, integrated and full of joy!” – Magda, Forest Learners Parent
“This year, the Forest Learners program has been a gift to our child and to our family. This program is deeply rooted in a holistic approach to child development. From physical and emotional development to embodied and cerebral learning, we feel like THIS is the way to learn. We are so grateful for this program and the incredible teachers who guide our child into new levels of knowledge, problem-solving skills, and very importantly, confidence.” – Carla, Forest Learners Parent
“Our 6 year-old son looks forward to forest school each and every day – in all weather. He has learned so much about the rhythms of the seasons, about flora and fauna, and about how to co-exist with (and in) nature. More than that, he has learned how to sit and listen, how to tell stories, and how to notice what’s around him. Our son shows us daily that this is the right ‘schooling’ experience for his body, mind, and spirit.” – Geordie, Forest Learners Parent