What Is Forest School?


With increasingly limited opportunities for physical activity and fresh air in the school system, forest school has become both a first and last chance to foster in children not only a love of the outdoors, but also a sense of belonging within it.


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How does forest school work?


While field trips into the forest can be educational for children, such outings only offer a glimpse into the workings of the natural world. 

When these outings become the exception rather than the rule, children are taught to be visitors in nature. Like a group touring a museum, they look but don't touch, and they ultimately leave with the feeling that they don’t belong there.

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Down by the Creek


Why the woods?

It's environmentally friendly.

By locating its learning communities within natural environments, forest school teaches children that green spaces should be the norm, not the exception. 

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’s far more difficult to do within an urban environment.  Learn more →

Where can i find one of your schools?


welcome to our learning ecosystems.



Our original site is located within an old-field white spruce stand in Roachville, New Brunswick, which is just a few kilometres from Sussex. Children also have access to a cedar forest, mixed-use farm fields, and a riparian area along the McGregor Brook. 

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Down the field


The second forest school site is situated within one of Canada's largest urban parks - Rockwood Park- in the heart of Saint John, NB. As a Stonehammer Geopark site, the children have access to unique rock formations, a local zoo, dozens of hiking trails, freshwater lakes and streams.

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This school is located in the Acadian Forest surrounding the Quispamsis Qplex, in the beautiful Kennebacasis Valley.  The children at this forest school have access to many of the well-maintained hiking trails, local coves, marshes, mixed-use fields and the local skating rink.

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Children Are Happier With Less.

Our journey 

Like many early childhood educators, we got our start in a traditional daycare setting. We were keen and excited  and determined to do everything right. We want the children in our care to have fun and learn, so we dutifully stocked up on every toy we could find in hopes of holding their interest. But then more stuff we packed into the room,  the more children seemed to need.

Fed up with all the plastic, we decided to do things differently.

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If you have a question for our staff or an idea you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!
email: info@tirnanogforestschool.com 
 call: (506) 333-6603