School Aged Programs

5 – 9 Year Old Forest Friends



Details for our 2023-24 Fall Session are coming soon!

FOREST BUDS: 5 – 9 year old forest friends (Fall Session)

Join Hand-in-Hand Nature Educator Sophie Bouchard for nature connection, awareness, and lots of FUN! This program will combine the child-led explorations and unstructured play typical of Hand-In-Hand programs with activities based on nature connection. Participants can expect an imaginative learning journey informed by 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. Although designed to run completely outdoors, no matter the weather, we will have onsite access to an indoor space to use for part of our afternoon on the most challenging weather days, and if we need a warm, dry space to work on a project. Our intimate program size allows for our forest friends’ personalized interactions and lots of opportunities to explore their passions for the natural world.

Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
: Tsolum River through CV Exhibition Grounds
: TBA (we accept payment through PIE, Ascend, Self Design, Heritage Christian Online School and other Distance Learning Programs)

Campbell River


To register for our 2023-24 Fall Session, please click the “REGISTER YOUR CHILD” button below, which will be available on Monday, June 12th.

FOREST BUDS: 5 – 9 year old forest friends (Fall Session)

Have you ever wondered where a worm goes in the rain or where a mouse hides from an eagle? Are you curious how a fish knows where to lay its eggs or how a woodpecker can stand on the side of a tree?  Would you like to know how many legs a centipede has or how fast a hummingbird can flap its wings? What is the hairy stuff that grows on the side of an old oak tree or what is the slimy goo that makes fallen logs so slippery? Do you stay awake at night thinking about which mushrooms are edible and which ones are not? Why can’t we eat all the berries we find and what happens to the berries that humans can’t eat?

If you are an inquisitive person with a love for nature, please join us as we explore these questions and more. Together, with our Nature Educator Dee Zurakowski, we can solve some of nature’s most fascinating mysteries. The Forest Buds Program in Campbell River offers the opportunity for our forest friends to adventure, get dirty, and play hard. It also offers the opportunity to sit, listen, and watch as natural wonders unfold in front of our very eyes. As we connect physically and emotionally with nature, our forest friends build respectful, meaningful relationships with each other. They explore together, answer each other’s questions and strive to show each other how important it is to be kind, caring human beings and stewards of the land. 

Dates: Mondays and/or Wednesdays, September 11 – December 20
Time: 1pm – 4pm (please note that we welcome public/private school attending forest friends in joining us after we have started our adventure)
: Sportsplex
: Mondays (12 sessions): $360 & Wednesdays (10 sessions): $450 (we accept payment through PIE, Ascend, Self Design, Heritage Christian Online School and other Distance Learning Programs)

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.