Quispamsis Program Rates
FOREST EXPLORERS (ages 3-5)
Full day, two days a week- Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday class
8am - 5pm
Owner & Educator
Tim is a Forest School Practitioner that loves all things outdoors! Tim’s connection with nature started at an early age in Kennebecasis Valley where he played for endless hours in the forest surrounding his family home. That experience inspired a lifelong pursuit of engaging in activities that connect him with nature.
As an entrepreneur, it made perfect sense for Tim to explore a business opportunity that allowed him spend even more time outdoors but it was his role as a father that lead him down the path to Forest School.
In 2013 Tim happened upon a newspaper article about Atlantic Canada’s first Forest School that was scheduled to open that fall in Sussex, New Brunswick. As the father of a preschooler who shares his love for the outdoors, he knew immediately that he would do whatever it took to give her the gift of a Forest School experience. Over the next year, Tim spent over 3 hours a day, twice a week driving his daughter Jenah to and from the Tír na nÓg Forest School in Sussex. It was during those long drives back and forth that Tim began to truly understand the positive impact that this was having on his daughter’s life.
As an entrepreneur for over 20 years, Tim found himself in the unique position to explore a new business opportunity when he sold Discount Car & Truck Rentals, which he had owned and operated for 10 years. Tim’s passion for nature and his desire to bring the experience his daughter had to other children in his own community lead to a partnership with Lisa Brown of Tir na nOg Forest School. Tim believes that the social, physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature will follow these children throughout their life. He is committed to getting kids outside and helping them make this connection with nature.
Tim traveled to London in the UK to study and explore the benefits of a Forest School program for Saint John. This training and his experience has allowed him to provide significant input while working with the Province as policies are developed that will support Forest School Practitioners who want to run inspiring, effective and safe Forest School Programs.
Tim currently resides in Millidgeville with his wife Christine, their two children, Jonathan and Jenah along with their dog Bailey. They have a keen interest in the outdoors with a passion for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, landscaping and even beachcombing some of the wonderful islands on the Saint John and Kennebecasis Rivers.
“It is only looking back now that I realize how fortunate I was to grow up with the freedom to explore the outdoors! The majority of my childhood memories are filled with stories of my 3 brothers and I playing outside…. where the sticks became swords, the trees became swings and, on a double dare, worms were a snack!”
- Tír na nÓg Forest School – Saint John & Quispamiss
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- Randy Jones and Family Foundation
Program Coordinator & Lead Educator
Elizabeth is a teacher, Forest School Practitioner, animal-lover, aunt to two nephews and a genuine nature enthusiast.
Elizabeth grew up in Calgary, AB and was very active from a young age. She spent 16 years as a competitive swimmer, many of those years competing at a National level and traveling around the world. She spent her winters skiing with her family in the Rocky Mountains, and two weeks of every summer at Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia. Elizabeth remembers spending much of her childhood outside, instilling in her a passion to bring children outdoors.
Since retiring from the life of an elite athlete, Elizabeth discovered a love for hiking, yoga, horseback riding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, dirt biking and exploring the many wonderful trails around the Maritimes with her dog, Rain. Elizabeth has lived in three different provinces and has worked in a multitude of unique outdoor environments. In Alberta she volunteered at a dog sledding company in the Rocky Mountains ; in Ucluelet, BC she worked for a zipline adventure company and enjoyed the beautiful rainforests of the West Coast. After a couple of years near the ocean, she moved across the country to Fredericton, NB to begin her Bachelor of Education degree at UNB. Her grandfather frequently told her that she would make an excellent teacher, and his unwavering faith helped her to complete the degree with Honors. While working on her Education degree, Elizabeth also completed her Montessori preschool/kindergarten diploma. It was during this time that Elizabeth discovered the incredible ‘Waldkindergarten’ forest schools in Europe and from then on, she started dreaming of someday working in an outdoor program; sharing her love of the outdoors and inspiring children’s love of learning through play and exploration in nature.
After volunteering for Lisa Brown at the original Tír na nÓg Forest School Sussex location in 2014, it became clear to Elizabeth that "this" is where she wanted to be- Forest School combines her love of teaching with her love of all things outdoors. Since 2014, Elizabeth and Tim have worked together to build the preschool programs in Saint John and Quispamsis. The 2017/2018 school year will welcome the exciting new addition of their first Kindergarten & Grade 1 class!
Elizabeth is proud to be part of such a wonderful group of Forest School educators and excited to be going into the 4th year of Tír na nÓg Forest Schools in Saint John and Quispamsis!
- Forest School Canada certified Forest School Practitioner
- University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Education
- North American Montessori Center preschool/kindergarten teaching diploma
- University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts
Forest Preschool Educator
Jessica was born and raised on her family dairy farm in Pearsonville, New Brunswick . When she was 16, Jess started working at Lisa's Playhouse as a summer job. It didn't take long to know that working with children was what she wanted to pursue! After graduating from High School, she moved to Charlottetown, PEI where she attended Holland College in the Early Childhood Care and Education Program. While studying there, she had several placements working with childcare programs, preschool, kindergarten, after-school and family resource programs. After her diploma, Jess studied a Bachelor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. During her degree program, she focused on older children and families and did placements in group homes as well as the adolescent psychiatric unit at the Charlottetown hospital.
After Jess graduated from UPEI, she moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Alberta and made Jasper her home. While working for the childcare center in the town of Jasper, she fell in love with hiking and enjoyed discovering a whole new and unique environment.
While living in Alberta, she attended Forest School Canada’s Forest School Practitioner Course in Bow Valley Provincial Park. With a lot of hard work, Jess became Atlantic Canada’s first Forest School Canada certified Forest School Practitioner in September of 2015.
Jessica now lives back on her family farm just outside Sussex and enjoys camping, working in the sugar bush, raising orphaned lambs, hiking and exploring with her Border Collies, Bell and Ritz. She is proud to be a part of the Tír na nÓg team and part of the movement to get children back outside!
“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry
- Holland College, Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education
- University Prince Edward Island, Bachelor of Child and Family Studies
- Forest School Canada certified Forest School Practitioner
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