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Connecting kids, nature, and education.

A unique opportunity for your child to learn in – and from – nature.

Our immersive education model encourages children to get to know the world around them.

We offer a unique program based on the Forest School movement that includes a variety of programs, including Nature School for Grades 1-4 and Kindergarten, camps, and a variety of other classes and programs, all of which are designed to foster creativity, curiosity and teamwork through exploration.

Research shows that nature-specific outdoor learning can result in measurable socio-emotional, academic and well-being benefits. Our mission is to connect children (and their families) with these benefits while instilling an appreciation for the natural world and lifelong love of the great outdoors.

Three kids walking along a rocky shore at the lake

Featured Offerings / Now Registering

Illustration of deer fawn representing the nature kindergarten alternative program

2024 / 2025

Nature Kindergarten

Designed for students who are looking for an engaging full day outdoor kindergarten experience! We spend our days exploring around the forest and beach.

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2024 / 2025

Nature School (Grades 4-6): Forest Fridays

Designed for adventurers ages 9-12, this unique educational experience offers a once-a-month opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the natural world!

Illustration of bear holding a flower representing the nature school programs

2024 / 2025

Nature School (Grades 1-4)

Designed for students aged 6-10 years old, this program is for those looking for an engaging outdoor learning experience 1 day a week!

Browse all our programs!

Our students visit the same areas daily so that they can see how nature changes throughout the seasons. Learn more.

Toronto Nature School is situated in the heart of the Beaches neighbourhood in Toronto. Learn more about our location.

We are thrilled to announce that we are the official winners of the Toronto Star Readers’ Choice awards 2023 for BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL!

Toronto Star Readers Choice Award Best Private School 2023

Toronto Nature School students on a nature walk
Toronto Nature School founder Julia Donnelly-O'Neill

A Bit About Us

Toronto Nature School was founded in 2020 by Julia Donnelly O’Neill, a certified teacher with a specialization in outdoor learning and play.

We began with one small kindergarten class and a mission to connect children (and their families) with all the benefits of outdoor education – and have since grown into a thriving alternative education option with extensive programming options, staffed by a team of wonderful, enthusiastic teachers.

When you come to nature school you are learning.

“My son was engaged, excited about what he was learning, and thrived in the outdoor setting. He came home eager to share stories about his adventures and couldn’t wait to go back the next day! It’s everything we could hope for in a school!”
Nature School Parent (Fall 2020)

Child holding a large leaf while holding a bug hunt worksheet
PHOTO: Erin Horrocks-Pope, Beach Beat Blog
Child on a trail in the woods looking at bug hunt worksheet
PHOTO: Erin Horrocks-Pope, Beach Beat Blog
Two kids studying outdoors
What Nature School families are saying…

“Register now before you lose the chance!”

“Our child had a wonderful time exploring, learning about nature, doing science experiments on the beach, writing, creating, running obstacle courses, and more. During our evening family walks he kept surprising us with the new information he’d learned during the day at Nature School. Ms. Julia was able to instill a love of learning and nature all while being incredibly professional, engaging, and caring.”
Toronto Nature School parent