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ON HOLD pending evolving COVID-19 guidelines

Environmental Educational program
For home-schooled children

Participants spend the majority of the day outdoors in Heartland Forest’s beautiful natural setting.

play-based • place–based • child-led • emergent • experiential • inquiry–based

Program Information:
2 different programs now available

For ages 4 to 6
Mondays and Wednesdays 9am to 4pm
This program includes Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum
Fall term:
Mondays and Wednesdays full day
Sept 13 to Dec 22
Winter term:
Mondays and Wednesdays full day
Jan 10 to June 29
Fees are based on $40 per session and payable monthly.

For ages 5 to 8
Tuesday afternoons 1pm to 4pm
This program includes Ontario Science and Technology Primary curriculum
Fall term:
Tuesday afternoons Nov 23 to Dec 21
Winter term:
Tuesday afternoons Jan 11 to June 28
Fees are based on $15 per session and payable monthly.

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Registration Information

There are a few spots left for January in each program!

To register:

Questions & Contact:

Lisa Staton
Forest Discovery Director
(905) 356-7384 ext. 108

Registration Fee

Monthly payments available.

4 – 6 year old Monday and Wednesday Kindergarten based program $40 per session. Daily payments not available.

5 – 8 year old Tuesday afternoon Science and Technology based program $15 per session. Daily payments not available.

Refund Policy

Once a registration has been accepted and processed a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from any refund following the schedule below.

If the cancellation of program/services is requested at least 15 days prior to the requested week/days registered, there is a full refund less the $25 administrative fee.

If cancellation is requested less than 15 days prior to the requested week/days registered, there will be no refund.

For medical cancellations accompanied by a physician’s certificate, the refund will be pro-rated less the $25 administrative fee.

This program follows Forest School principles:

Facilitators following the children’s interests, guide students through the Ontario Curriculum during these play based programs.

Student’s questions and ideas drive the learning process forward. These processes are then supported by the facilitator by guiding the student to further investigation and inquiry.

What are the benefits?

Research has shown participation in forest and nature school based programs can lead to an improvement in: confidence, social skills, communication, physical stamina, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, resiliency, academic achievement, self-regulation, patience, focus and self esteem.

Participants should be present at Heartland 15 minutes prior to session start. Come explore and learn with us in this child led, emergent, experiential, inquiry – based, play based program!


Nature Explorers follows Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance: Summer Day Camps

Outdoor program: with a designated activity room and washroom within our Nature Centre for days of inclement weather

Cohorting: to keep our risk of exposure low, registration is for the duration of the program. Registration is for children who are home-schooled or receiving online learning only. Children also enrolled to physically attend a school will not be accepted.

Program Staff

Kyra: I am a graduate from the University of Guelph with a degree in Zoology. I recently moved to the Niagara Region and am excited to learn all about this beautiful area. I have a passion for wildlife and outdoor education! I have worked in this field for the past eight years. I have worked for Ontario Parks, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre, Science North and African Lion Safari. I have done all matter of educational programming and can’t wait to show you what Heartland Forest has to offer!

Alex: I am the All Abilities Educator and have been working at Heartland Forest for 7 years. I have coordinated and facilitated numerous programs here and my passion is working with children and adults with special needs and disabilities. Every person is different and I love being able to work at a place that promotes accessibility to all! I have enjoyed providing summer camp and educational programs for children and am looking forward to Nature Explorers!

Lisa: I am the Forest Discovery Program Director here at Heartland Forest and have completed Forest and Nature School Canada’s Forest School Practitioners course. Graduating from Niagara College’s Arts and Science and Guelph University Certificate of Environmental Conservation programs, I have spent several years designing and implementing environmental education and camp programming for children.

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