We are so lucky to live in Nova Scotia where we have such beautiful landscapes all around. You’re never far from the ocean, there are great hikes all over and we truly have some incredible waterfalls. My own family thrives on the outdoors. My husband, Ryan and I actually spend any “dates” we are able to squeeze in out hiking or exploring nature together. That’s truly our happy place and we always knew that we wanted to share that love of nature with our children. I want them to understand, appreciate and respect our planet and the world that surrounds us. I know I’m not alone in that and other families are also looking for ways to get their gets out into nature (plus make some new friends!). If you’re a reader, I highly suggest checking out Free to Learn by Peter Gray or Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.
Wild Child Forest School is all about child-led, play-based learning through exposure to nature and focusing on healthy risk-taking experiences. They offer both full and half-day drop-off programs through Spring and Fall that are 1x per week (4-7 weeks total). During the summer, they run programs one week at a time (Monday – Friday). Their groups are 3 to 5-year-olds (must be fully potty trained), 4 to 6-year-olds, 6 to 9-year-olds, 9 to 12-year-olds and a mixed aged group of 5 to 10-year-olds.
NS Young Naturalists Club is a yearly membership that costs only $25 and is a family-based program. The different chapters host various events that are typically monthly throughout the year.
This is a Facebook group that was created by a homeschooling family and has grown into a really sweet community of all types of families who love the outdoors. They organize weekly activities or hikes for multiple ages on Wednesdays.
Join the group here
Location: Annapolis Valley
Looking to get your kids out into nature more often? Maybe you’re looking to make some new friends or even to explore new places around your local area? The programs above are a great start! If none of them are nearby, I would even suggest reaching out to them to see if they have any resources to offer you so that you’re able to start your own!
If you’re wanting something more that you can do anytime, anywhere with your own children, then you should check out Explore Nature with Children by Raising Little Shoots. It’s an amazing year-round nature program that you can put into action today. You’re able to make the activities easier or more challenging depending on age and abilities. Exploring Nature with Children is often used by homeschoolers, forest schools and parents from all over!
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