Nature Connection and 

Education Programs

For Children

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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A child's nature habitat is in nature

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Play is the work of children- Piaget

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Let the children's curiosity lead

Meet The Team

Kaleigh

(educator)

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ECE Certification

Many years experience in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten.

First Aid and CPR Certified

Experienced Forest School leader with a love for sharing the natural world with children of all ages. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Linley Valley