Forest Buds

5 – 9 Year Old Forest Friends


To register for our 2021 Spring Session, please click the “REGISTER YOUR CHILD” button below.

Do you have a 5-9 year old child with a curiosity to explore? Then join Hand-In-Hand Cumberland Nature Educator, Alanna Balicki (aka: RootZ!) and other like-minded stewards on trail in Coal Creek Historic Park. Together we will explore where our natural questions lead us as we discover how to respect our playground and listen to our natural teachers. Alongside having plenty of time for unstructured play, we will create, tell stories, play games and get messy! Forest Buds is designed to connect children aged 5-9 with nature through child-led exploration of a variety of sites, including woods, streams, meadows and ponds. Our rainforest environment provides limitless opportunities to build relationships with the land and with each other. This 11-week program is uniquely crafted to meet the needs and interests of the group. The program runs exclusively outdoors, rain or shine.

Dates: April 9 – June 18 (Fridays)
: 1pm – 4pm
: Coal Creek Historic Park’s Picnic Pavilion, Cumberland
: $250

Campbell River

To register for our 2020-21 Spring Session, please click the “REGISTER YOUR CHILD” button below.

While this program will be child-led and play-based with plenty of time for their own explorations, there will be opportunities presented throughout the 14 weeks for the children to learn about the basic principles of permaculture and restoration of the land. Our classrooms will become microclimates to study and learn from. We will be planting native species in and around our classrooms and working with the wet weather to create natural water features on the land. Daily journaling will help us keep track of what we learn and what our next plan of action will be. The children will lead their own learning, becoming young stewards of their wild spaces and creating a more intimate, knowledge based relationship with the local flora and fauna.

Dates: March 1 – June 16 (Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays; closed during Spring Break Break, March 24th for Victoria Day and  April 14th for our Pro-D Day)
Time: 1pm – 4pm
: Sportsplex, Campbell River
: 12 Mondays ($276), 14 Tuesdays ($322) and/or 13 Wednesdays ($299)

Support the Forest

The Cumberland Forest is part of an interconnected system of forests, salmon-bearing creeks, wetlands and riparian areas adjacent to the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island in the traditional territory of the K’omoks Nation.