Nature Explorers


Environmental Educational program
For home-schooled children


Participants spend the majority of the day outdoors in Heartland Forest’s beautiful natural setting.
play-based       place–based        child-led       emergent       experiential       inquiry–based

For ages 4-6

Sessions: 9am to 4pm Monday and Wednesday

Program length: Sept 9 to Dec 16 with monthly payments available.

Payment: fees are based on $40 per session and payable monthly.

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Open to full 2 day a week registration.

One day per week registration will only be considered if all 8 spots aren’t filled.

Half day is not available at this time.

Click Here to be added to our wait list.

Questions Contact:

Lisa Staton
Forest Discovery Director
(905) 356-7384 ext. 108

This program follows Forest School principles:
Facilitators following the children’s interests, guide students through the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum during this play based program.
Student’s questions and ideas drive the learning process forward. These processes are then supported by the facilitator by guiding the student to further investigation and inquiry.

What are the benefits?
Research has shown participation in forest and nature school based programs can lead to an improvement in: confidence, social skills, communication, physical stamina, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, resiliency, academic achievement, self-regulation, patience, focus and self esteem.

Participants should be present at Heartland 15 minutes prior to session start.
Come explore and learn with us in this child led, emergent, experiential, inquiry – based, play based program!




This program follows the follows Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance: Summer Day Camps

Small program size: our program maximum is 8 children and 2 staff

Outdoor program: with a designated activity room and washroom within our Nature Centre for days of inclement weather

Cohorting: to keep our risk of exposure low, registration is for the duration of the program. Registration is for children who are home-schooled or receiving online learning only. Children also enrolled to physically attend a school will not be accepted.

Program Staff

Kyra: I am a graduate from the University of Guelph with a degree in Zoology. I recently moved to the Niagara Region and am excited to learn all about this beautiful area. I have a passion for wildlife and outdoor education! I have worked in this field for the past eight years. I have worked for Ontario Parks, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre, Science North and African Lion Safari. I have done all matter of educational programming and can’t wait to show you what Heartland Forest has to offer!

Lisa: I am the Forest Discovery Program Director here at Heartland Forest and have completed Forest and Nature School Canada’s Forest School Practitioners course. Graduating from Niagara College’s Arts and Science and Guelph University Certificate of Environmental Conservation programs, I have spent several years designing and implementing environmental education and camp programming for children.