Forest School:
Inspiring Education in Canada
Killaloe, ON, November, 2013
Objective
•  Define Forest School
•  Demonstrate the growth and momentum
behind Forest School in Canada
•  Demonstrate the...
What are the Issues?
•  Canadian children and youth are spending less time
outdoors
•  Fewer Canadians are accessing parks...
Our Mission: Finding Solutions
To foster rich learning experiences, ecological
literacy, and healthy living by connecting ...
Vision
All Canadian children shall have the opportunity
to play and learn in local forests, parks, creeks,
meadows, prairi...
History of Forest School
•  Started in the early 50’s in Denmark, largely influenced
by Froebel’s work on Kinder-’gardens’...
What is Forest School?
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

An educational approach
Used widely in many other countries
Fosters a stro...
Why Does This Matter?
•  Positive emotional, physical and psychological health
outcomes
•  Promotes environmentally sustai...
Forest School Happens:
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

In early childhood education
In public education
With special needs populatio...
What’s the Classroom?
•  Local forests, creeks, meadows, prairie grass,
mountains and shorelines
•  Woodlands adjacent to ...
What is ‘Forest School Canada’?
•  Not for profit organization, works in close partnership
with the Child and Nature Allia...
Goal One: To increase the amount of children learning in
nature, in both urban and rural environments in Canada
Objectives...
Goal Two: Establish a national ‘Community of Practice’ in
Forest School 	
  
Objectives:
•  Launch an annual Forest School...
Goal Three: Support and lead research and policy initiatives
that will further advance nature-based education
Objectives:
...
Goal Four: Create Forest School ‘Centre of Excellence’ and
Lab School in Ottawa, Ontario
Objectives:
•  Secure capital fun...
Pilot	
  Forest	
  School	
  Prac//oners’	
  Course	
  
O#awa,	
  Ontario,	
  July	
  2013	
  
What are the possibilities for FS?
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Sooke District Nature Kindergarten
Nature School Sunshine Coas...
Partner Organizations
United Kingdom ‘Forest School Association’
Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
HALO Research Team
Ki...
Marlene Power, Executive Director
www.forestschoolcanada.ca
www.facebook.com/forestschoolcan
twitter:@ForestSchoolCan
613-...
Forest School Canada - Killaloe
Forest School Canada - Killaloe
Forest School Canada - Killaloe
Forest School Canada - Killaloe
Forest School Canada - Killaloe
Forest School Canada - Killaloe
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  1. 1. Forest School: Inspiring Education in Canada Killaloe, ON, November, 2013
  2. 2. Objective •  Define Forest School •  Demonstrate the growth and momentum behind Forest School in Canada •  Demonstrate the health, environmental, developmental, social and educational benefits of Forest School •  Inspire and engage community, in action, towards forest and nature-based education
  3. 3. What are the Issues? •  Canadian children and youth are spending less time outdoors •  Fewer Canadians are accessing parks, and due to urban sprawl, we’re losing access to nature •  Canadian identity is shifting away from our wilderness heritage •  Childhood obesity and mental illness on the rise •  Over-usage of technology and excessive amount of time in structured, indoor activities •  Environmental sustainability is not being integrated into core curriculum standards
  4. 4. Our Mission: Finding Solutions To foster rich learning experiences, ecological literacy, and healthy living by connecting children to nature in Forest School.
  5. 5. Vision All Canadian children shall have the opportunity to play and learn in local forests, parks, creeks, meadows, prairie grasses, mountains and shorelines with a wise and skilled educator who understands the power of child-directed learning and how this can contribute to a more sustainable world.
  6. 6. History of Forest School •  Started in the early 50’s in Denmark, largely influenced by Froebel’s work on Kinder-’gardens’ •  Builds on ‘Environmental Education’ movement in Canada •  Germany: over 700 ‘Waldkindergartens’ •  Denmark: over 250 Forest Schools •  Sweden: over 190 “Rain or Shine” Schools •  UK: over 10,000 Forest Schools •  Approximately 30 ‘Forest and Nature School’ programs in Canada, 32 more in process of starting
  7. 7. What is Forest School? •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  An educational approach Used widely in many other countries Fosters a strong connection to the natural world ‘Repeated and regular’ access to local woodlands, outdoor classrooms and parks Full time or part time basis Emergent, experiential, and inquiry-based education Building a large, grassroots movement in Canada Educational approach that is necessary for the 21st Century for the health of our planet and it’s children
  8. 8. Why Does This Matter? •  Positive emotional, physical and psychological health outcomes •  Promotes environmentally sustainable behaviors and ecological literacy •  Promotes safe risk-taking •  Builds sustainable and vibrant communities •  Fosters empowerment and self esteem •  Supports creativity and resilience •  Links being made to academic achievement/self-regulation •  Increases communication and problem solving skills •  Promotes male inclusion in education •  For more information on this research, visit: [http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-5Z3JVZ]
  9. 9. Forest School Happens: •  •  •  •  •  •  •  In early childhood education In public education With special needs populations With youth ‘at risk’ With homeschooling families On a part time OR full time basis In all seasons, temperatures, and climates with appropriate preparation and outdoor gear
  10. 10. What’s the Classroom? •  Local forests, creeks, meadows, prairie grass, mountains and shorelines •  Woodlands adjacent to or on school grounds •  ‘Outdoor Classrooms’ built using natural materials, loose parts, native plants, shrubs and trees, raised garden beds, pathways, and places for solitary hideaways •  Municipal, provincial and national parks •  Conservation sites
  11. 11. What is ‘Forest School Canada’? •  Not for profit organization, works in close partnership with the Child and Nature Alliance, registered Canadian charity •  Strives to connect all children to nature through Forest School within their own educational settings •  Works within a ‘collaborative leadership model’ •  Governed by board of directors, and advisory board
  12. 12. Goal One: To increase the amount of children learning in nature, in both urban and rural environments in Canada Objectives: •  Deliver 3 pilot FS Practitioners’ Courses in the Spring/Summer 2014 •  Establish a ‘Trainers’ Network’ to enhance practitioners’ course through a participatory, curriculum design process 2014-2015 •  Develop course binders and resources for practitioners’ course 2014-2015 •  Begin delivering new FS Practitioners’ Course in each province in Canada by 2015/2016 school year •  Expand delivery, 2-3 courses per year in every province in 2017/2018
  13. 13. Goal Two: Establish a national ‘Community of Practice’ in Forest School   Objectives: •  Launch an annual Forest School Conference in partnership with the Child and Nature Alliance, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication and North American Association for Environmental Education [Fall 2014] •  Launch national communications strategy to engage educators, researchers and policy-maker’s [2013-2018] •  Establish online membership for Forest School Practitioners’ [2014] •  Launch Forest School ‘Taster’ Sessions across Canada to promote FS model [2013] •  Develop ‘Forest School Guide’, currently being funded by TD Friends of the Environment Fund [2013-2014] •  Launch stakeholder engagement process for ‘Forest and Nature School Standards Council’
  14. 14. Goal Three: Support and lead research and policy initiatives that will further advance nature-based education Objectives: •  Expand on partnership with HALO research team, University of Ottawa/Faculty of Education, and Carleton University/Happiness Lab for collaborative, interdisciplinary research project to coincide launch of new ‘Centre of Excellence and Lab School’ [2013-2017] •  Publish policy recommendations based on findings from research project [2017/2018] •  Publish research papers in leading health, education and psychology journals in Canada and internationally [2017/2018]
  15. 15. Goal Four: Create Forest School ‘Centre of Excellence’ and Lab School in Ottawa, Ontario Objectives: •  Secure capital funds for new building at the Municipal Campgrounds [ 2014/2015] •  Facilitate community consultation and engagement strategy [Winter, 2014] •  Deliver part time FS programs on site [Spring, 2014] •  Establish Lab School with Ottawa Carleton District School Board, regional faculties of education and early childhood education [2013/2014] •  Recruit leading educators to run Forest School programs in new ‘Centre of Excellence and Lab School’ [2014] •  Launch programs at new site [Fall, 2015]
  16. 16. Pilot  Forest  School  Prac//oners’  Course   O#awa,  Ontario,  July  2013  
  17. 17. What are the possibilities for FS? •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Sooke District Nature Kindergarten Nature School Sunshine Coast Maplewood Forest School Tir Na Nog Forest School Forest School Canada Centre of Excellence Guelph Outdoor School Maple Ridge Outdoor School Tawingo Outdoor School
  18. 18. Partner Organizations United Kingdom ‘Forest School Association’ Child and Nature Alliance of Canada HALO Research Team KidActive UNESCO, Education for Sustainable Development Evergreen, School Yard Greening University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education TD Friends of the Environment Fund David Suzuki Foundation Ontario Back to Nature Network EYES Project Take Me Outside
  19. 19. Marlene Power, Executive Director www.forestschoolcanada.ca www.facebook.com/forestschoolcan twitter:@ForestSchoolCan 613-907-1566 Thank You

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