Forest Buds

5 – 9 Year Old Forest Friends (elementary school aged children)

Cumberland

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

Join Hand-in-Hand Nature Educator, Hannah Ante for nature connection, awareness, and lots of fun! This program will combine the child-led explorations and unstructured play of typical Hand-In-Hand programs with activities based on nature connection. Participants can expect an imaginative learning journey informed by lessons from the natural environment, changing seasons and local flora and fauna. There will also be plenty of time to explore our “Outdoor Classrooms” and lots of opportunities to build caring relationships with the land and forest friends. Small group sizes of up to 8 forest friends guarantees personalized interactions and lots of opportunities to explore children’s passion for the natural world. Our forest friends will have a special focus on emotional and social awareness, resilience and independence, and growth in comfort with the natural world…and while we develop these skills at deep level,  they will have plenty of opportunities for their gifts and passions to unfold with the support of our Nature Educator.

Dates: September 7 – December 16 (Tuesdays & Thursdays; closed Thursday, September 30th for HIH Pro-D Day)
Time
: 1pm – 4pm
Location
: Coal Creek Historic Park, Cumberland
Cost
: $725

Courtenay

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

Is your child 6-8 years old with a curiosity to explore (5-year-old children are welcome if they turn 6 years old by December 31, 2021) ? Then join Hand-In-Hand Cumberland Nature Educator, Alana Balicki (aka: RootZ!) and otehr like-minded stewards on trail and in field around the Courtenay Valley Exhibition Grounds. 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, ID plants and get messy! Our Courtenay Forest Buds is designed to connect children ages 6-8 years old through child-led exploration of a variety of “Outdoor Classrooms” and primitive skills. Our rainforest environment provides limitless opportunities to build relationships with the land and each other. This 16-week program is uniquely crafted to meet the needs and interests of the group. The program runs exclusively outdoors, rain or shine.

Dates: September 7 – December 14 (Tuesdays)
Time
: 1pm – 4pm
Location
: Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Courtenay
Cost
: $375

Campbell River

To register for our 2021 Fall 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 our forest friends to learn about the basic principles of permaculture and restoration of the land. Our “Outdoor 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: September 7 – December 16 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays; closed Thursday, September 30th for HIH Pro-D Day)
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location
: Sportsplex, Campbell River
Cost
: 14 Mondays ($350), 15 Tuesdays ($375) , 15 Wednesdays ($375) and/or 14 Thursdays ($350); minimum 2 days registration

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.