At Wild Nomads Forest School, we believe that learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. Nestled in the heart of Fonthill, Ontario, our outdoor education center offers a unique and enriching experience for 9 to 13-year-olds through our Nature-Based Learning programs. In a world where children are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature, we are committed to fostering a deep and lasting connection between students and the great outdoors.
The Benefits of Nature-Based Learning
Nature-based learning is a holistic educational approach that capitalizes on the natural world as a powerful classroom. It’s about more than just outdoor activities; it’s a way of life that encourages curiosity, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Here are some of the incredible benefits that nature-based learning offers for children in the 9 to 13 age group:
- Enhanced Learning: Nature provides a dynamic and ever-changing environment that sparks curiosity and stimulates all the senses. Children become active participants in their learning as they observe, question, and explore the world around them.
- Improved Physical Health: Spending time outdoors promotes physical activity, which is essential for the health and development of growing bodies. Activities such as hiking, tree climbing, and gardening help children develop fine and gross motor skills.
- Mental Well-Being: Nature has a calming effect on the mind. It reduces stress, anxiety, and symptoms of attention deficit disorders. Nature-based learning fosters emotional resilience and self-regulation, helping children better cope with challenges.
- Environmental Stewardship: By immersing themselves in the natural world, children develop a profound appreciation for the environment and a sense of responsibility toward its protection. They learn about conservation and sustainability through first-hand experiences.
- Creativity and Imagination: Nature sparks creativity and encourages imaginative play. Unstructured outdoor time allows children to create their games, stories, and art inspired by the natural world.
- Social Skills: Outdoor group activities and cooperative learning in natural settings help children develop important social skills like teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution.
Our Nature-Based Learning Programs
At Wild Nomads Forest School, we offer a Forest School program tailored specifically for 9 to 13-year-olds. Here’s a glimpse of what your child can experience with us:
- Exploration and Adventure: Our forest school encourages students to explore the wilderness, identify plants and animals, and develop outdoor survival skills.
- Hands-On Learning: From building shelters to tracking wildlife, our programs are designed to be interactive, allowing children to learn by doing.
- Nature as a Classroom: Our outdoor classroom provides a dynamic and ever-changing learning environment where students engage with the natural world through all seasons.
- Team Building: Through group activities and teamwork, children develop essential social skills and form lasting friendships.
- Environmental Education: We instill a sense of environmental responsibility by teaching the principles of sustainability and conservation.
Nature-based learning at Wild Nomads Forest School is more than just an educational program; it’s a journey of discovery, self-awareness, and connection with the natural world. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience the benefits of outdoor education and develop a lifelong love for nature. Join us at our center on 1874 Highway 20 in Fonthill, Ontario, and let your child embark on a transformative journey of learning, growth, and adventure.
COST: $250/wk or $68.00 per student, per day
Time: 5hrs (10:00am to 3:00pm)
Extended Care: Available ($15.00/h)
Materials: All equipment and materials are provided
Setting: Students will be outdoors for their entire day (shelter will be available)
Ages: Minimum 6 years old
Booking: Due to COVID-19 Restrictions all students must schedule online.
Location: 1874 Highway 20, Fonthill, ON L0S-1E6