2024 / 2025

Nature Kindergarten

Illustration of deer fawn representing the nature kindergarten alternative program

Designed for students who are looking for an engaging full day outdoor kindergarten experience! Students take place in play-based and emergent learning experiences outdoors and create friendships in a small group setting. We spend our days exploring around the forest and beach. We use our indoor space on Queen St. East to do learning activities, book time, building and art will spending the majority of the day outside. Our small ratios allow for our experienced educators to really work closely with the kids and to tailor lessons and adventures to the group.

Kindergarten 1 or 2 days a week Monday and/or Wednesday

Designed for your curious kindergarten aged student to attend our Nature Kindergarten 1 or 2 days a week. This is the perfect addition to a public school or homeschool education plan. Children will spend their days engaged with experience educators as they learn and play together.

* if the class you would like is full please join the waitlist online as we might add an additional class

NEW: Full Time Kindergarten Monday – Friday (excluding PA Days)

Our full time kindergarten option provides a different choice from the Ministry of Education’s full-day kindergarten program. Our program combines forest school principles and philosophy with inspiration from the four frames of the ministry’s kindergarten curriculum. This is one-of-a-kind and immersive experience will ensure that your child is ready to enter grade one in the public school system or transition to the next stage of their learning journey.

Explicit teaching of literacy and math is incorporated into the daily schedule, while opportunities for learning in all subjects are integrated into outdoor exploration time.

Read our Nature School FAQs here.

2024-2025 Nature Kindergarten Class

AGES: 4–5 years old

DAY(S): 1 or 2 days a week (Monday and/or Wednesday) OR 5 days a week

TIME: 9:00am – 3pm (full day)

RATIO: 6:1 (This class is taught by an Ontario Certified teacher and an experienced educator with a max of 12 children. This allows for educators to work with children in a way that is meaningful.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students attend for the entire school year (September 2024 to June 2025).

Questions about the program? Check out our Nature School FAQs or email hello@torontonatureschool.ca to enquire about the next information session.

For more details, including a look at what participants need to bring and wear to their programs, please click here to download our Parent/Guardian Handbook!

To join the waitlist for 2025-26 or 2026-27  please email hello@torontonatureschool.ca

Starting at CA$375

What parents are saying…


"Our daughter absolutely thrived in the Nature Kindergarten program this past school year at Toronto Nature School. The small class size allowed her to develop strong relationships with each of her classmates as they worked together to discover all of the wonderful things the different seasons in our city have to offer. Getting to grow her literacy and math skills using the resources available at the beach and in the forest, sparked a deep love and appreciation for the natural world around her. Her confidence grew at the same rate as her sense of adventure, as each day's explorations were exciting and full of opportunities for learning! She was taught the importance of getting outside and experienced the joy that can be found there, no matter the weather! I cannot recommend this program enough!"

Danielle Cooke

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