Nature School

Although our facility is currently closed, we remain hopeful that we will be able to offer our unique nature school program again soon. We will provide updates as they become available.

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

Weekly Wednesdays

Ages 4-6

Full & Half day options

Before and after care available

Sponsored By

Registration Fall Semester Sept 4 - Dec 18
Winter Semester Jan 8 - Mar 25
Spring Semester Apr 1 - Jun 24

Questions Contact:

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

What is Nature School?
Forest and Nature School is an educational approach using emergent, experiential, inquiry-based, play based, and place-based learning methods within a natural space.  Curriculum standards are met during child – led explorations and experiences, as educators following the children’s interests, guide students into deeper thinking and understanding.
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 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!


We love Nature School! This program has been a huge hit with our daughter - each week she looks forward to seeing staff and her friends as she explores the forest, learns about animals, nature and how to respect our earth. We love that staff follow the children’s lead and interest and create a program based on the students. Our daughter has learned SO much and we are continually amazed as she shares her knowledge with us. This program should be mandatory for all kindergarten students.

Alison Steele