Six adventurous afternoons of early childhood nature play coming soon!
Nature Playcare provides young children with an opportunity to immerse
themselves in play-based learning in a natural environment. This
weekly facilitated experience promotes respect for our natural
environment and a sense of well-being in nature. Parents can expect an
age-appropriate nature experience, which is designed to foster the
development of each child's resiliency, confidence, creativity,
imagination, and independence.
What does Nature Playcare look like? Each weekly session will begin
with a short gathering followed by unstructured play and exploration
in the beautifully wild Gabriel Dumont Park. This includes children
taking carefully managed and supported risks appropriate for their
capabilities and the site (for example, sliding down a hill and
climbing or balancing along a log). Wildernook facilitators Jana
Miller and Zoe Arnold will use holistic, child-centred practices to
support each child’s development.
Requirements: This is a fully outdoor program that will proceed in all
types of weather. To ensure your child has the best possible
experience, warm outdoor clothing including snow pants, jacket, toque,
mitts, and boots are required. Suggestions for types of clothing
and layering will be provided on registration.
Is Nature Playcare the right fit for my/our child? The suggested age for Nature Playcare is 3-4 years; we also suggest that each child is able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about clothing or other requirements.
There will be a parent meeting before the first session. The time of this meeting will be selected based on the group’s availability.
Location: Gabriel Dumont Park
Times: Friday afternoons: 1:30 - 3:30, Oct.26th - Nov. 30th, 2018
Cost: $135.00, or $125.00 for SaskOutdoors members
Meet the Nature Playcare Facilitators
Zoe loves to be outside more than anywhere else. Her passion and expertise lies in facilitating nature-based, child-centred programs. Zoe trained and worked as a Forest School Leader in London, UK. She holds a UK Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Leadership as well as a B. Ed. in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University.
Jana can’t shake her experiential education affliction. Favourite roles on her learning journey include co-facilitating the Certificate in Ecological Education program, and co-teaching in the grade eight Ecoquest program. She is a closet interdisciplinarian and founder of the social purpose business, Wildernook Fresh Air Learning.