Sussex Program Rates


$50 /child

Full day (Mon/Wed) 8am- 5pm
$84 / week

Half day (Tues/Thurs) 8am-12pm

PUDDLE JUMPERS (2 year olds)
Fridays 8:30am–11:30am
$27 / morning 

our Team

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown, founder of Tír na nÓg Forest School                                                               photo credit Tammy Brown-Stewart

Lisa Brown, founder of Tír na nÓg Forest School                                                               photo credit Tammy Brown-Stewart

For a number of years, Lisa has had a keen interest in outdoor learning for young children.  She opened Lisa’s Playhouse Children’s Learning Centre in 2007 with the thoughts that one day she would open a forest school program based on the European model.  After many months of research and planning, Tír na nÓg Forest School opened its invisible doors in September 2013 on a 5 acre forested woodlot behind Lisa’s Playhouse in Sussex.  

The land around Lisa’s Playhouse and Tír na nÓg Forest School is very familiar to Lisa and holds a soft spot in her heart.  The children who attend her programs visit the same special places she used to when she was their age.  It is her hope and dream to be successful in reconnecting children to the natural world so that when they look back on their childhood they will have happy memories as she did. 

Lisa married Seamus Brown in Co. Down, Northern Ireland in 1993 and have a daughter Caragh who was born also in Northern Ireland in 1995.  Seamus and Lisa works together in all areas of the businesses.  Seamus is a brick mason by trade but also has a talent for carpentry and has built every building and almost everything in them for the playhouse and forest school.  Because of their Irish background, an Irish name for their forest school seemed fitting.  Tír na nÓg is an Old Irish word that means “the land of the young”. 

Lisa was born in 1970 in her hometown of Sussex.  While in high school, she was the president of the student council.  After high school, Lisa went on to Toronto to George Brown College and graduated in 1992 with a diploma in Graphic Design.  In 2010, she received an honors certificate in Early Childhood Education.  During July of 2013, Lisa hosted and took part in a 5 day intensive forest school practitioner’s course with 17 others from across Canada.  In May of 2014, Lisa took part in her first Becoming an Outdoors Woman Conference right here in New Brunswick and is now a BOW groupie!


  • 2009 Kings County Female Entrepreneur of the Year presented by CBDC
  • 2014 Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce Award - Entrepreneur of the Year 

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