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). In addition to our early years programs, we also offer a Little Buds Program and WILD After School Program for children 5 to 9 years old. 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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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

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

NEW  BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD (Finalist)

NEW  BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Stripes Gear is a fun, funky thermal base layer clothing line designed in Cumberland, BC. At Stripes Gear, it is our passion to produce high performance, stylish base layers that look and feel great for the entire family. We have partnered with a family business in New Zealand, who custom machine knit all our fabrics and stitch each garment by hand to meet our specifications. I feel a little piece of New Zealand goes each item. At Stripes Gear, we are moving towards a slow-fashion concept. What does this mean? It means good quality, a clean working environment and fairness for both the consumer and the producer. We only create what we need, thinking about people and the environment as one. We ensure employees are paid a fair wage while maintaining an affordable product with minimal waste. As part of our core values we give back to our communities by helping kids and families explore the outdoors. Stripes Gear participates in a number of fundraising efforts supporting; school groups, non-profit societies, local businesses and nature education programs. Having families warm and comfortable and enjoy the outdoors is a big part of our lives and want to continue to promote and support this lifestyle.

Stripes Gear has offered to help us with our fundraising efforts on all orders who use the promotional code HIH to receive a 10% discount and free shipping…and 10% of your total order will be donated to our In-House Subsidy Program, which helps financially support low income families register in our nature education programs (click here for more details). 

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