Our Forest Programs

Young Asian girl running in the woods.

Community programs

Running Fall/Winter (Sept to Dec) and Winter/Spring (Jan-June) children join us for either a half-day or full day, one day a week. The program runs from 9 am-3 pm.

With an 8:1 ratio for our Owl and Wolf groups (4-12 years) and 5:1 ratio for our Chickadees (2.5-4 years), each group of children with two educators gather, play and learn out on the land. 

Registration for Fall/Winter takes place in July, registration for Winter/Spring takes place in November. We use a lottery approach to registration (see below).

Summer programs

Week-long summer programs run through July and August from 9 am -3 pm every day for children 4-12 years old.

Families are invited to register for up to two weeks of child-led play and learning in the shade of the canopy. 

Registration for summer programs takes place in early March and use a lottery approach (see below)

Young girl looking up in the forest.
*Please note, all programs run at our Corkstown location

The Lottery Approach

We have continued offering priority to currently enrolled families resulting in very limited spaces being available for open registration. Open registration is by a lottery approach.

Occasionally spaces become available in our community groups throughout the year. In these cases, we do contact families who applied to the lottery, as well as those who have expressed interest. If you would like to be considered, should a space be available during the year please email us.

Children playing on Hammac in the forest.

Family Drop Ins

Come hike and play out on the land with us at OFNS. Bundle up the family and join us for a morning or afternoon of discovery and exploring.

Parents and children of all ages will meet with a practitioner that will lead them through a snippet of a day in the life at forest school. Starting with a land acknowledgment followed by a story, then an adventure out on the land, and lastly gathering for a sharing circle while we thank the forest for our time together.

One fundamental of forest school is that children have regular access to the same play space repeatedly which is why we ask that you sign up for a full month. Suggested donation of $20 per family, per visit. If there is additional availability on a particular day we also offer a daily drop in rate of $30 for a single day. Please note this style of drop in is subject to availability the day of.

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