School Aged Programs

5 – 12 Year Old Forest Friends

Cumberland

To register for our 2022 Fall Session, please click the “REGISTER YOUR CHILD” button below.

FOREST BUDS: 5 – 8 year old forest friends

Join Hand-in-Hand Nature Educators 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. 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 Educators. Our intimate program size gifts our forest friends’ personalized interactions and lots of opportunities to explore their passions for the nature world. This season, older “Buddies” may also be called in as a budding mentor for the youngest forest friends, and given some coaching to share their passions and gifts as leaders.

Dates: TBA
Time
: TBA (please note that we welcome public/private school attending forest friends in joining us after we have started our adventure)
Location
: TBA
Cost
: TBA (we accept payment through PIE, Ascend, Self Design, Heritage Christian Online School and other Distance Learning Programs)

CURIOUS BEES: 8 – 12 year old forest friends

Igniting young stewards of the Comox Valley! Join Nature Connection Mentor, Alanna Balicki “RootZ” in this inaugural vision to pollinate passionate play into practice for our local Earth. “Bees” will listen to the lessons of the natural world to deepen their relationship to the Cumberland Community Forest, ourselves and each other. They will sharpen their primitive skills (such as shelter building, plant ID, foraging and creating wild medicines) and explore reciprocity through child-inspired activism, projects and playfulness. This “hive” will foster friendships along the trail, support neighbourhood stewardship projects in conjunction with local groups, and meet inspiring change-makers through monthly guest visits. “Bees” will buzz in curiosity for connection and community, and work together to share their talents into action. This full school year program is ideal for local homeschoolers looking to deepen their relationship with their community while achieving curricular goals.

Days: Thursdays
Time
: 10am – 3pm
Location
: Coal Creek Historic Park, Cumberland (and local natural environments)
Monthly Tuition
: $170 (we accept payment through PIE, Ascend, Self Design, Heritage Christian Online School and other Distance Learning Programs)

Program Dates:
Fall Session: September 15, 2022 – December 15, 2022 (14 weeks)
Winter Session: February 2, 2023 – March 23, 2023 (8 weeks)
Spring Session: April 20, 2023 to June 15, 2023 (9 weeks)

Campbell River

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

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, 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 13 – December 14
Time: 1pm – 4pm (please note that we welcome public/private school attending forest friends in joining us after we have started our adventure)
Location
: Sportsplex
Cost
: Mondays (13 sessions): $390 & Wednesdays (14 session): $420 (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.