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Nature Connection and 

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Forest Kids

Nanaimo Forest Kids is an all-outdoor, all-weather nature education program based on the belief that self-directed play and time in nature are the foundations of environmental learning. Our approach is based on the standards and best practice set forth by Forest School Canada. All our programs are facilitated by qualified lead teachers (ECE or B.ED) and we are committed to small class sizes and facilitating a deep nature connection. We strive to create an environment where children can nurture a love of learning, believe in their own abilities and discover the awe and wonder of nature. 

Our Philosophy: Wander, Wonder, Grow

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We believe that children benefit from building a relationship with nature. We help foster this relationship by giving children time and space in the forest to wander, wonder and grow. We feel nature provides the optimal environment for early childhood development and the outdoor classroom provides an abundance of learning experiences, gross and fine motor challenges, open-ended materials and opportunities for imaginative play. In addition, children who spend time in nature develop a deeper sense of wonder and respect for the environment.

A child's nature habitat is in nature

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At Nanimo Forest Kids children engage in many different types of unstructured, self directed play, that is guided but not dictated by an educator.

The possibilities are endless but some of the activities we enjoy at Forest Kids are: shelter building, nature crafts, tracking, knots and rope skills, imaginative play, leaf and flower crafts, scavenger hunts and other games, running, jumping, splashing, climbing , rolling...

Play is the work of children- Piaget

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Let the children's curiosity lead

At Nanaimo Forest Kids we, as teachers, let the childrens' love of learning lead in our enquiries and adventures. We help the children to pursue their individual interests, investigate the things they find and reflect on the day's adventures. In this way they are able to expand on their experiences, knowledge and wisdom. 

Meet The Team

Marni

(educator)

Molecular Environmental Biology Degree- University of California

Many years experience teaching outdoor education in the US, NZ and Canada.

First Aid and CPR Certified

Hayley

(educator)

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Montessori (NAMC) trained

Passionate Nature Educator with many years experience and a strong belief in the power of play and nature connection. 

Professional Photographer

Yoga and Travel enthusiast

First Aid and CPR Certification.

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Michael

(educator)

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BSc in Land and Food Systems (UBC 2010)

B. Ed. from VIU (2014),

Diploma in Montessori Education 2018 (MIRTC Girona, Spain). 

Passionate nature educator with a strong belief in the importance of fostering deep and healthy connections between people and the land. 

From Nanaimo: Snaw-naw-as and Snuneymuxw traditional lands. 

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Vanessa

(owner)

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B. A / B. Ed

Forest School Certification and many year experience 

Qualified Teacher in BC and UK

Kindergarten specialist

ECE Experience

First Aid and CPR Certified 

Strong believer in the power of the natural world to teach, centre and heal.