Wild Child Forest School Nova Scotia

We are on Mi’kma’ki!

Wild Child Forest School programs are held on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

We are committed to running programs that connect children to the land through the lens of reconciliation, friendship, and relationship with the Mi’kmaq. Through teaching the history of the land and its peoples, centering Mi’kmaq voices and stories, and by making this program more financially accessible to Indigenous families, we are committed to building long lasting relationships with the Mi’kmaq.

Staff are required to demonstrate an understanding of the treaties and histories of the land, and are dedicated to the practice of learning and unlearning that is continuously needed with this work.

The main outcome we hope that children take away from this program is that we are not separate from the land; we are the land and what we do on it affects everything around us.

Our Programs

Wild Child Programs are a project of Sierra Club Canada Foundation, a national and grassroots non-profit organization committed to protecting our environment, communities, and future.

Wild Child’s mission is to provide play-based learning through repeated exposure to nature. Nova Scotia’s Wild Child Program encompasses 3 projects: Wild Child Nature Immersion, Wild Child Forest School, and Wild Child Forest and Nature Camp. We also run some special projects whenever we get funding.

We are excited to be offering various workshops to our communities. Mindfulness in Nature is our first project of the year! Be sure to keep an eye on our socials for updates.

Wild Child Forest School

Ages: 3 to 12
Open to everyone

The goal of Forest Schools is to help children youth find inspiration, build self-confidence, and develop healthy self-esteem through skill development, hands on activities, and outdoor experiences. This is a social enterprise that operates as a fee for service, recreational program for children. The program provides opportunities for emergent and child led activities, including tool use and risky play in a natural setting. Wild Child Forest School offers programs for children from 3 to 13 years of age. They can be offered as half-day, full-day, Saturdays, and week long summer camps depending on the location.

Wild Child Nature Immersion: offered at YOUR location

Ages: 3 to 6

Wild Child Nature Immersion program is designed to introduce young children to outdoor free play. Over three visits, an educator will brings fun environmental education to child care sites, and encourages staff and children to get outside, play games and engage in age appropriate activities. Through stories, crafts, games and exploration, children will get to know their corner of the woods.

This program caters to ages 3 to 6 and is typically offered to daycares, early learning centres, preschools, Primary and Grade 1 classrooms. The program can be adapted to accommodate additional age groups. Please contact Wild Child at wildchild@sierraclub.ca to see if Nature Immersion is a good fit.

Wild Child Forest and Nature Camp

Ages: 3-12

These camps give children a taste of Forest School. All the same principles still apply, but its a more condensed program.

Mostly offered during the summer, but we offer PD Day Camps and March Break camps as well.

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