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2024 / 2025

Nature School (Grades 1-4)

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Designed for students aged 6-10 years old, this program is for those looking for an engaging outdoor learning experience 1 day per week! Great for kids who are homeschooled or those looking for an engaging outdoor education experience.

Students will spend their time learning and exploring at the beach and in the ravine engaging in seasonal, educational activities. The program is based on immersive lesson plans that connect Language, Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Physical Health, Arts, and much more.

The Nature School program is taught by an OCT Teacher and experienced outdoor educators. The lessons will be project-based and will be guided by the interest of the students and environmentally focused. Small classes allow the students to feel part of a tight-knit school community and receive one-on-one instruction all while they enjoying learning. We spend most of the day outside in ALL weather and ask that students come dressed for the day accordingly!

Read our our Nature School FAQs here.

AGES: 6–10 years old

DAY(S): Thursdays

TIME: 9:00am – 3pm

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

PICK UP / DROP OFF: 2245 Queen Street East lower level

A TYPICAL DAY AT NATURE SCHOOL:

  • 9:00 am: Drop off
  • 9:15 am: Lesson: Focus discussion of the day’s exploratio
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am: Adventure, explore and work outside at the beach, in the forest, and/or green space
  • 10:30 am: Snack, lesson review explore, share about our morning learning
  • 10:45 am: Outdoor open-ended free play and team building activities
  • 12:00 pm: Lunchtime
  • 12:30 pm:  Book time
  • 1:00 pm: Overview of afternoon adventure
  • 1:15 pm: Adventure, Explore, Work outside (beach, forest, green space)
  • 2:00 pm: Snack time
  • 2:35 pm: Return to School
  • 2:45 pm: Closing Circle
  • 3:00 pm: Pick up

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!

 

What parents are saying…

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"Our child truly blossomed at Toronto Nature School. His social skills, his love of nature, and even his academic abilities grew in leaps and bounds during his time in the class. The dedication of the teachers and their love for nature was evident in the stories recounted after school. Every week was a new adventure in the woods and at the beach. He still talks enthusiastically about all the amazing things he did at Toronto Nature School."

Meredith McLean

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