Maple Ridge Forest School

Giving children space to learn and interact with nature.

Registration is now open for our Forest School programs in Maple Ridge.

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Every kid should be able to experience and enjoy the great outdoors.

Through our Forest School programs, children will learn and have fun with their peers while exploring nature.

What your child will be doing at Forest School:

  • Hands-on learning, done mostly outdoors
  • Exploring a variety of nature-based and environmental topics
  • Socializing and interacting with outdoor-loving peers

5 unique programs

4 age groups

Weekly nature-inspired activities

Connected to the BC curriculum

Designed for the home learning community, but open to any child looking to experience the outdoors. Sessions feature daily themes and engaging activities designed to encourage students’ interests.

  • Birds
  • Wetlands & toads
  • Insects
  • Tree and plant ID
  • Animal habitats
  • Geology
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Kids looking at greenery through a magnifying glass Kid and leader smiling at Wild & Immersive forest camp

While engaging in outdoor activities, our facilitators will also help your child work on important life skills.

What they’ll learn:

  • Listening
  • Teamwork
  • Sharing
  • Problem-solving

Sessions are all fully supervised so you have peace of mind when dropping your child off for the day.

Let’s begin

Choose your child’s age:

Ages 3-5

Forest Preschool

Nurture your child’s relationship with nature and pique their interest in the environment with our preschool sessions. The combination of child-led, interactive educational elements with fun and games will foster socialization, communication, problem-solving, and observational skills.

 

Typical themes covered in this age group:

  • Bugs
  • Animals
  • Trees
  • Water
  • Clouds

DATES: Thursdays from January 12 until May 18, 2023

TIME: 9am – 11:30am or 1pm – 3:30pm

COST: $30/session

* All children must be fully potty trained to attend Forest School.

Morning Session Registration Afternoon Session Registration

Ages 5-7

Nature Explorers

Our Nature Explorers program encourages your child’s early appreciation of nature. These lessons lay the foundation for kids to develop into secure, at-ease, and environmentally-conscious adults.

 

Typical themes covered in this age group:

  • Fall Semester: Salmon/ Mushrooms
  • Winter Semester: Hibernation/ Bears/ Nocturnal Animals
  • Semester: Pollinators/ Flowers and Plants/ Wetlands

DATES: Weekly on Tuesdays starting September 13, 2022, until May 16, 2023

TIME: 9:30am – 2:00pm

COST: $1,500 +GST

Waitlist

Please note the program does not run on the following dates: December 20, December 27, January 3, February 21, March 14, and March 21.

Ages 8-9

Forest Adventurers

At this age, your child will start to appreciate a deeper connection to nature. Our Forest Adventurer program works to deepen this bond and foster meaningful interactions between kids and the natural world, benefitting us all.

 

Typical themes covered in this age group:

  • Fall Semester: salmon/mushrooms/survival skills
  • Winter Semester: hibernations/animal tracking in the snow/climate patterns
  • Spring Semester: biodiversity/wetlands/Earth Day

DATES: Term 2 weekly on Fridays starting January 13 until May 19, 2023

TIME: 9:30am – 2:00pm

COST: $800 +GST

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Please note the program does not run on the following dates: September 30, October 21, November 11, December 23, December 30, January 6, March 17, March 24, and April 7.

Ages 10-13

Forest Leaders

Our Forest Leader sessions take a deeper and more scientific approach to the connection between youth and nature. We’ll challenge your child to explore their place in the world while also empowering them to be more independent and sustainable humans.

 

Typical themes covered in this age group:

  • Fall Semester: photosynthesis/tree diseases/salmon/mushrooms
  • Winter Semester: Great Bear rainforest/Great Backyard Bird Count/Black History Month/survival skills
  • Spring Semester: Biodiversity/Entomology/Invasive Species

DATES: Weekly on Thursdays starting September 15, 2022 until May 18, 2023

TIME: 9:30am- 2:00pm

COST: $1,500 +GST

Waitlist

Please note the program does not run on the following dates: November 10, December 22, December 29, January 5, March 17, and March 24.

Ages 14-18

Junior Leadership Program

Joining the Junior Leadership program allows teens to see what it takes to facilitate outdoor youth programs and gain experience leading activities. They’ll be able to expand their leadership and nature skills, gain volunteer hours and earn valuable work experience.

 

Junior Leaders will be expected to perform some of the following tasks:

  • Act as a positive role model for younger participants
  • Communicate well and interact respectfully
  • Carry out assigned tasks and show initiative to learn new tasks
  • Assist younger participants with activities
  • Help with the day’s organization and keeping the space clean
  • Participate in debrief sessions with staff and with the Wild & Immersive Coordinator

DATES:
Forest School: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays (September – May)
Pro-D Days: Oct 3, Oct 21, Nov 10, Jan 23, Feb 21, May 10
Spring Break: March 13-24
Summer Camps: July 3 – August 25

TIME: 9am-3pm (Forest School) or 8:30am-3:30pm (day camps)

COST: $250 +GST

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Note: To be successful as a Junior Leader, you must have some previous experience outdoors, or have taken part in past Wild & Immersive programs. You must also be able to commit to at least 1 session per month for 8 months. Failure to attend the minimum number of sessions will result in the candidate not completing the program.

Note: Forest School does not run the following Wednesdays: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, 2022 and Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, 2023.

Forest Club

Ages 5-10

For children who want to foster their connection with the natural world, but cannot make a weekly commitment, we offer monthly sessions through our Wild & Immersive Forest Club.

 

Typical themes covered in this age group:

  • Fall Semester: salmon/mushrooms
  • Winter Semester: hibernation/bears/nocturnal animals
  • Spring Semester: pollinators/flowers and plants/wetlands

DATES: Monthly on Wednesdays from September 14, 2022 – May 17, 2023.

TIME: 9:30am – 2:00pm

COST: $495 +GST

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Note: Forest Club registration is closed for this year.

What parents and teachers are saying about Forest School:

“Such a great programs for families looking to get their children connected with nature, and increasing their appreciation of the world around them. The programs are fun and interactive, and the staff are all knowledgeable and excited to be with the kids. We love the nature walks they put on during the holidays!”

“A wonderful program of day camps and week long camps for kids (and parents) looking for an outdoor education experience and whole lot of fun in the forest! Lots of smiles! Highly Recommend.”

“I have sent my son here for two years in a row (summer camps and March break camp) and then my daughter this year as well. It’s worth the drive – the kids come home exhausted and happy. They are active, learning about the outdoors and doing fun things like building forts/shelters, capture the flag games, learning about animals in the wild and water safety. I almost hate to recommend the camp because the registration will fill up more quickly than it already does!”

“My son has been going to Wild and Immersive programs for 3 years now and we love it!! The educators and environment is exactly what EVERY child needs! My son loves the variety of activities, learning about our environment and is excited to go to each of his classes/camps! I cannot say enough about how much we love and appreciate programs like this!”