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Introduction to Forest School – A Practical Guide for Educators is a one week training program intended for educators currently working with children or those who plan on working with children in the future. This course is an experiential, in-person learning program that will provide you with an overview of the principles of Forest School. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to incorporate these principles into your day-to-day practices confidently.
This program combines the fundamental principles of Forest School with best practices from nature-based education around child-centered, inquiry-based learning (chasing kids’ curiosity!). The course covers topics such as; identifying suitable sites outdoors, safe tool usage, woodland stewardship, campfire management, learning & development in relationship to Forest School ethos, and planning a forest school program.
Introduction to Forest School- A Practical Guide for Educators
At the end of this program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, a Participant Guidebook, and the confidence to incorporate Forest School practices into your program!
A certified Forest School Practitioner will deliver this training program onsite at Tír na nÓg Forest School, located at 259 Foster Thurston Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick. Our flagship log cabin schoolhouse is located on 140 acres of woodland adjacent to Rockwood Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America.
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Course Delivery & Dates
The cost of the training program is $1,100.00. Half of the course cost is due upon registration and the remaining balance is due prior to the course start date. You may be eligible for funding to take this course through the Provincial Department of Education Training & Labour for those currently working in Early Learning Centers in New Brunswick. Please inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are currently working in an ELC and would like more information.
Jessica McCullum is Atlantic Canada’s First Forest School Practitioner. She has extensive experience working with children and creating incredible outdoor spaces for both children and adults to explore and learn in nature. Working within the Forest School ethos of child-centered and emergent learning, Jessica delivers practical and meaningful experiences that will help you support the holistic development of children through practices firmly rooted in nature-based inquiry.
• Holland College - Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education
• University Prince Edward Island - Bachelor of Child and Family Studies
• Forest School Practitioner Certification
"This course was such an informative and enjoyable experience! I have gained so much knowledge and confidence to take back to my own programs."
'This course will help open your eyes, and help give you the knowledge of the many amazing possibilities of helping children learn, challenge themselves, and explore outside in a safe and healthy learning environment. Take this course you won’t regret it!"
"This course really did give me more confidence when it comes to risky play, hiking, and overall playing in the woods with children. Knowing and teaching boundaries to the children while outdoors is something I will carry with me for life! These are great lessons to have. Not holding back on the tools but letting children experience them as well!!"
"This course gave me the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals that want to teach outdoor skills to children. I will continue to share this knowledge and my love of the outdoors. I will truly miss doing this course and would love the opportunity to reunite and share more in the future. A possible yearly hike and get-together!!!"