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What Is Forest School?


Tír na nÓg Forest School encourages a love of the outdoors and develops a sense of belonging within it. 
We adhere to the following two principles: regular and repeated access to a natural space, and
child-directed, emergent and inquiry-based learning.

Forest School is a place where children develop empathy, self-regulation, critical thinking, the ability to take
and manage risks.  Children develop confidence and self-esteem through experiential learning, becoming
independent, balanced, resilient and happy individuals. 
Our children engage in self-directed learning, take part in prepared lessons, go on wonderful adventures, play,
discover and cultivate a love for their local woodland environment.

 Their days are filled with inquiry, experimentation, adventure, design, creativity, technology, arts,
physical activity and social interaction – all in a natural environment.

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Why the woods?

It's environmentally friendly.

By locating its learning communities within natural environments, Tír na nÓg Forest School teaches
children that green spaces should be the norm, not the exception. 

Children are provided with the opportunities to build an ongoing relationship with the land,
to a dedicated educator and their classmates. Spending their days in the woods also gives children
the chance to learn through exploring at their own pace. By witnessing the changes that take
place in an ecosystem over time,  they come to experience the seasons in a way that
connects them more deeply to their environment.  Learn more →


Where are we?

2 locations in new Brunswick

Tír na nÓg Forest School currently offer programs in Saint John and Sussex, NB.

We teach children ages 2 years old, Forest School preschool, and Kindergarten through to Grade 8.  Learn more →


Are you passionate about
teaching children & love the outdoors ?

Apply here to join our team of amazing educators! Click here!

Interested in bringing Tír na nÓg Forest School to your community ? Contact us today!

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Need to get in touch with us?


If you have a question for our staff, would like to become a volunteer,  have an idea you’d like to share,
or are interested in starting your own Forest School,  we’d love to hear from you!

 call: (506) 333-6603