Saint John Program Rates
PRESCHOOL TO AFTERSCHOOL
FOREST EXPLORERS (ages 3-5)
Full day, two days a week- Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday class
8am - 5pm
AFTER SCHOOL FOREST RANGERS
Daily 2pm - 5pm
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 Tír na nÓg 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 has also made significant contributions to our community by way of his volunteer work and fundraising efforts. Tim coached his son’s hockey team for almost 10 years and has won several awards for his contributions. He is also the President of the Randy Jones & Family Foundation, which is a non-profit organization established to support children in our community. Tim chaired a Golf Tournament for 5 years that donated over $545,000 to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation. The money raised was used specifically to purchase equipment needed in the pediatric department.
Tim also operated a not for profit hockey school for over 8 years in our community. Hooked on Hockey Inc. was established to give a professional hockey school experience for children who may not have otherwise had that opportunity.
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
- Cloudy Sundays Corp. and Sales Inc.
- Hooked on Hockey Inc.
- Randy Jones and Family Foundation
Elizabeth is a 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, canoeing, cross-country skiing, gardening, rock climbing, and exploring the woods 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 forests 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.
Elizabeth is proud to be part of such a wonderful group of Forest School educators and excited to be going into our 3rd year at the Tír na nÓg Forest Schools in Saint John and Quispamsis!
- University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts
- University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Education
- North American Montessori Center preschool/kindergarten teaching diploma
- Forest School Canada certified Forest School Practitioner
Breanne spent her childhood outside exploring and helping on her family’s hobby farm in Paisley, Ontario. She was able to wander with purpose while investigating the forests, gardens, wetlands, and big open fields near her farmhouse. It was not unusual for Bre to bring home her findings, such as snails, frogs, kittens, snakes, turtles, voles, spiders, insects, and wildflowers. At a young age, the natural environment became her passion and her joy. Breanne has a love for the north and coastal communities. She enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, dancing, singing, and laughing!
Breanne started her outdoor education adventure with Ontario Parks as a park naturalist and children’s programmer. She then started working at Outdoor Education Centers across Canada (Durham Forest Environmental Centre, The Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre, Sea To Sky Outdoor School For Sustainability Education, and The Adventure Earth Centre).
Breanne graduated from the Faculty of Education at Queen's University specializing in Outdoor Experiential Education and successfully completed her Special Education Part 1 additional qualification in June 2009.
In 2012, Breanne and her Husband, Andrew, moved to Labrador and taught with the Mamu Tshishkutamashutau Innu Education School Board at Sheshatshiu Innu School. While teaching grade one in Sheshatshiu, she started a Forest School for grade one students. Twice a week Breanne and Andrew ran a Forest School program in their back yard out of an Innu Tent. The students made forest tools, cooked meals over a fire and stove, learned many knots, constructed forts, went ice fishing, and embraced the flow of interest-based learning. The couple then moved to Churchill Falls where Breanne taught Kindergarten. To her delight she was able to take her class of eight on outdoor adventures many times each month! She was seeing her research in action, and observing her students excel in, and outside, the classroom. During their time outside they engaged in emergent creative play-based learning that enhanced their sense of self, place, and community. By the end of the year all of her students were able to assess safe risk during play, understand and respect the safety required around campfires and climbing trees, and were able to use forest tools with awareness, skill, and caution.
Breanne recently completed her Master of Education at Memorial University in Curriculum, Learning and Teaching where her thesis on the concept of Forest Kindergarten was celebrated. She collected her data at Cedarsong Nature School under the expertise of Erin Kenny on Vashon Island, WA. Her data was extremely rich and her thesis was able to prove that all specific curriculum outcomes for Kindergarten in Newfoundland and Labrador can be met and exceeded in the practice of Forest Kindergarten.
In 2015, Breanne was awarded her Forest School Practitioners Certificate after participating in the first Forest School Training course to take place in Ottawa in 2013.
Breanne feels so grateful to now be working with the Tír na nÓg Forest School team and very excited to explore the green spaces of New Brunswick!
- University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Environment and Resource Studies
- Queen’s University, Bachelor of Education: Primary / Junior Divisions & Outdoor Experiential Education
- Queen’s University, Special Education Part 1
- Memorial University of Newfoundland, Masters of Education
- Forest School Canada certified Forest School Practitioner
Andrew is known for his contagious energy and love for outdoor adventures. He grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he fostered a love for paddling, and surfing! From 2005 to 2011, Andrew worked at the Adventure Earth Centre in Halifax where he learned and implemented the outdoor education practices of Earth Education. He lead experiential based education initiatives for children ages 6 to 14, and developed leadership programs for youth. These amazing experiences helped to prepare Andrew for Teachers College.
In 2011 he moved to St. John’s, NL and excelled in achieving his B.Ed. at Memorial University. During his studies there, Andrew sought a rural teaching practicum in Sheshatahiu, Labrador and was hired as their Art teacher. Andrew taught Art at Sheshatshiu Innu School for grades K-12, but he also was the table tennis coach, chair of the art club, and ran the breakfast program with the help of his colleagues at school. Twice a week, Andrew and his wife, Breanne, ran an outdoor forest after school program for grade one students. Andrew helped to teach fire safety, knots, cooking, shelter building, forest tool use and making, and facilitated a wide variety of outdoor adventures. In 2013 Andrew became the grade five classroom teacher at Eric G. Lambert School in Churchill Falls, Labrador. He was also responsible for the art program up to grade 8. Here, he coached the table tennis team, was elected to the school council, was a graduation advisor, and ran an after school art club. In 2015, Andrew became the senior Biology teacher where he inspired students in grades 7 to 12 to love and connect with science. Andrew is excited to be back in the Maritimes and to be a part of the Tir na nÓg team!
- St. Francis Xavier University, Bachelor of Science (Biology)
- Memorial University of Newfoundland, Bachelor of Education