“Deepen your child’s connection to the earth through this weekly skills-based forest and nature school program. Your child will not only play, learn, grow, explore, and notice the weekly changes in nature around them, they will also spend a large portion of the day engaged in the development of “hard skills” like fire-tending, cooking over the fire, shelter building, tracking, map & compass use, and tool use. Through hands-on experiences driven by their own curiosity & interests, and the needs of the KFNS community, they will learn about the fruits of labour, the power of perseverance, the land & animals around us, themselves, and each other. There will be a strong focus on safety and sustainability, with skills and tools being introduced based on season and interest. This program is ideally suited for children aged 8-13 (preferably having already participated in our Seedlings Program) and will offer a wide variety of adult-guided skill-building opportunities balanced with child-led nature-rich experiences to your child.”

  • Full-day drop-off program for older school-age children.
  • Participants must be at least 8 years old and no more than 13 years old by the time the session ends (see dates below).
  • Snacks & lunch are the responsibility of the parent.
  • Program runs from 8:30am-3:30pm.
  • Registration required, space for 18 participants per program day.
  • Minimum of 12 participants to 2 facilitators, maximum of 18 participants to 3 facilitators.
  • $70*/day, once a week, number of weeks varies per session. (*Fees changing to $75/day as of Fall 2024.)
  • Fee includes loan of tools, and may include the purchase of any or all of the following: pocket field guides, practice ropes, personalized mug, pocket-sized bellows, etc.
  • Non-refundable deposit of 20% of the program fees is required (per child, per program) at the time of registration. Non-refundable registration processing fee of $15 is charged per child once per session. Please see Our Policies for all policies.
  • Fees must be paid in full 2 weeks before the session start date.
  • Payment plans & fee reductions are available upon request & when funds are available.

 

FULL – SPRING 2024 – MARCH 4-JUNE 17 (14 weeks, closed for 1 week mid-April)
FULLSUMMER 2024 – AUGUST 12-16 and AUGUST 19-23 (2  separate weeks, 5 days/week)

Next Year…

FALL 2024 – SEPTEMBER 3-DECEMBER 16 (14 weeks, closed for 1 week late October/early November)
  • offered on Fridays (younger siblings may attend as Seedlings if at least 1 sibling is registered as a Sapling, please contact us to discuss)
  • no programs on bank holidays or during mid-session break
  • $1,050 for the session
  • registration begins ~June, 2024
WINTER 2025 – JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 14 (4 weeks)
SPRING 2025 – MARCH 3-JUNE 16 (14 weeks, closed for 1 week mid-April)
SUMMER 2025 – AUGUST 11-15 and AUGUST 18-22 (2  separate weeks, 5 days/week)

 

*KFNS programming is “rain or shine”, however we reserve the right to cancel programming in extreme or unsafe weather conditions. Please see our policies for more information.