Forest School is:
Use of Tools and Technology
Story & History
Learning in, with, and through nature
Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
Establishing an Ethic of Care for the Environment
Emersion in Non-Gender Specific Environment
Unlimited Loose Parts
Self Actualization/ autonomy
Whole Child Development
Fostering a Culture of Peace and Respect
Mission & Vision:
To facilitate connections in communities and schools for long-term and repeated access to nearby nature spaces by way of the Forest School model for children in the early and primary years.
To inspire people of all ages to play and learn in their nearby nature spaces including creeks, meadows, beaches, forests, wetlands, grasslands, school grounds, parks, orchards and gardens. To enhance the quality of life for families, children, and educators in schools, aftercare, nature connection programs, and camps by providing resources, advocacy and support through our three organizational branches Tinder Forest Nature School, The Common Ground Nature Collective, and the Tinderbox Playshops.
School, Nature Collective, Playshops
Tinder Forest Nature School
A long-term process of play and learning in nature.
Common Ground Nature Collective
A not-for-profit collective of practitioners, educators, crafts people, artists, naturalists and community members that provide ongoing support to the TFNS's vision and mission.
Workshops and events that follow the phenology of the seasons and invite children, families, and educators to play, think, wonder, explore, create, and learn outdoors.
Educators are either certified Forest School Practitioners, and/or Registered Early Childhood Educators, Naturalists, Ontario Certified Teachers, or Outdoor Educators who understand the value of play and child-directed learning and how it contributes to a more sustainable world. Child to educator ratio is 1:6.
" There is a teaching in every part of creation. It is our task to find it, learn it, and apply it."- late elder Ken Goodwill (First Nations University of Canada, n.d.)