Explore · Interact · Learn…Naturally!


Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program is an outdoor educational program, located in the Comox Valley and Campbell River, that is designed to offer a unique early childhood learning experience for children aged 2-5 years (2 year old children must turn 3 years old by December 31st of the school year that they are registered in). Our classroom is the natural environment. Our chairs are the logs, our pencils are the sticks and our possibilities are endless! The program is offered Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm, outside, as this is an environmental educational program. Our programs are facilitated by educators (ECE, ECEA and/or B.Ed) that will teach a maximum of 16 children. Expanding on the BC Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Framework, the emphasis of our program will be on a child-led, nature and play-based curriculum and will encourage preschoolers to engage with their environment through art, music, games, physical activities and group learning.

Our Mission: We believe in creating a safe and comfortable natural learning environment so that children can develop a strong educational foundation where they can explore, interact and learn in nature.

WYL Featuring CR Outdoor Preschool

Shaw TV North Island NEWS: Where You Live for the month of May learned all about the new outdoor preschool being offered by Campbell River Recreation. It is the coolest classroom ever!  

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We could not be happier with our daughter’s experience at Hand-in-Hand Early Years Nature Education. She absolutely loves the teachers, her new Forest Friends, and being outside in nature 3 mornings of the week. She has grown in confidence and knowledge. Kudos to Jarret and his team for bringing this to our community.

Pieter Vorster

Parent of Cumberland ROOTS Program

Thank you Hand-In-Hand for the enriched experience your team provided for our kids today (and every day!) Chelsea Holly

Parent of Cumberland ROOTS Program

Thank you for the wonderful program that you have created. Our daughter continues to be enthusiastic and dirty, which makes us so happy 🙂 We are still in awe about her transformation into an outdoor girl.
Natalie Van Renen

Parent of Campbell River ROOTS Program

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