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Outdoor Preschool Program

A program for preschoolers ages 3 & 4

Tuesday & Thursday Mornings 
Peterson Creek Park – 8:45am-11:45am
(September through June)

 

Each Session is 12 weeks long – $300/session

Fall Session – COMPLETED!
Winter Session – January 2 – March 22
*Parent orientation December 2 – 9:30-10am
Spring Session – April 3 – June 21
*Parent orientation March 24 – 9:30-10am

*PLEASE NOTE: Parent Orientation Sessions are mandatory before attending.

New session starts January 2nd! – Register here >>

Let your child discover all that their amazing body can do! 
A preschool age child is at the perfect age to explore and deeply appreciate all that the outdoors has to offer. Whether they are discovering the properties of mud in an outdoor mud kitchen or creating games in a tree stump getting dirty, climbing rocks, and finding their way safely and happily through the forest this is all part of an outdoor adventure experience. They discover exactly all of the wonderful things they are capable of as they explore, climb, run, jump and crawl through the forest.

After a day outdoors your child’s eyes will sparkle
as they tell you about all of the things they did.

A typical day in preschool….

  • Drop-off/Pack Check – We meet in the parking lot where the group leader and the parents will go through a clothing checklist to ensure each child is properly prepared for the adventure ahead.
  • Hike – Our day begins with a small hike to one of four play sites. Each site takes us deeper into the park and we return to each place for only 3 weeks each season to ensure our environment has a chance to rest & recover.
  • Circle/Story – We begin our day together by taking off our packs and settling in for a story and songs
  • Play – The bulk of our time is spent on play. Teachers are very hands off to allow children to learn, explore and play freely & deeply with each other. We are always nearby and attentive to lend a helping hand or suggestions of language as they learn to communicate with each other.
  • Snack – Snack brings the group back together where they are each given a warm cloth to wipe their hands, after a blessing song a snack is shared together. Children bring a litter-free snack to fuel their busy bodies
  • Explore/Wander/Hike – When everyone has had a drink of water or warm tea and a full belly backpacks go back on for a joyful hike back through the park to return to the parking lot for pick up. Everyone carries all their things in their pack, including the teacher!
  • Pick Up – We wait at the yellow gate!

New session starts January 2nd! – Register here >>

Please ensure you have read our policies >>

School Age Camp

Outdoor Adventure Summer Day Camp

Camps for school age children 6-9

Peterson Creek Park, Kamloops BC

DUE TO THE UNPRECEDENTED FIRE SEASON & PARK CLOSURES THIS CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2017

Join us for a fun filled week of adventure and physical activity in the great outdoors. 
Loosely structured, full of free play and lots of creative games, stories and songs.
We will definitely be doing some hiking. There will be lots of encouragement for observation as well as identification of native plants & animals. Kids will have the opportunity to learn skills such as knot tying, map reading (and making!) as well as shelter building. All focused around a theme of stewardship for our nature park and our community!

Don’t miss out on this incredible one of a kind day camp experience!

PROGRAM DETAILS:

DROP OFF AT 8:30AM

We meet at the Lower Park Entrance to Peterson Creek. At the top of Glenfair Drive off of Columbia St downtown. If you are coming from East of 6th you can access Glenfair by turning right at 5th and coming toward the Glenfair retirement residences and turning right to go over the bridge and up left toward the park.

Your child MUST come to camp EACH day with the following on their body:

  • A well fitting backpack
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Long pants & shirt (NO SHORTS – NO TANK TOPS)
  • Rain coat & Pants (these can be in their backpack)

In their backpack each child MUST have:

  • two pairs of socks
  • a change of clothes in a ziploc bag
  • two bread bags
  • a water bottle
  • a snack AND a lunch

Kids who not well dressed are uncomfortable and get cranky REALLY fast when they are working hard outside. I do my best to keep kids cool and comfortable but if your child comes unprepared and becomes overheated I will call you to pick them up likely because they are in distress. 

It is of UTMOST importance that we set them up for success by dressing appropriately.

OUR DAY

Our first session will be pretty low key. We will go for a short walk into the park and play some games while we get to know each other. 

Our typical day will include: 

  • A 30-60min leisurely hike into the park
  • Together we will build our “basecamp” for the day
  • Snack
  • Free play and nature arts & crafts
  • Lunch
  • Story-telling games
  • “Sit Spot”
  • Hike/Meander back down to meet our parents

PICK UP IS AT 3PM

We wait at the yellow gate.
I do not let children run into the parking lot toward you. Please come up to the yellow gate to join us and do not wait in your car for your child. The parking lot is one of the most dangerous places we will be all day and I want your kids to be safe.

Mom & Tot

A program for parents & their child ages 0-4

Wednesday Mornings – $225/session
Peterson Creek Park 9:30am-11:30am

2017 Fall Session – September 13 – November 29
2018 Winter Session – January 3 – March 21
2018 Spring Session – April 4 – June 20

TO REGISTER click here >>

An opportunity for parents to learn how (and why) we do what we do!
Our Oak & Acorn program is our opportunity to share with you ways to foster a deep connection to the natural world for both you and your children. In this mentoring program we discuss how we are role models for the children in our lives and discover ways we can share our love for the natural world with our children. Together we will share celebrations of children’s growth and development and you’ll get to hear all about how geeked we (as child education professionals) get about what kids learn about themselves from consistent long-term exposure to the outdoors.

We integrate parents and siblings into the experience,
with opening and closing circles, storytelling, crafts, observations and even celebrations! 

Toddler Outdoors KamloopsTogether we will share:

  • Storytelling and songs
  • Nature Mentoring discussions
  • Ways to deepen your connection to nature everyday
  • Adventures, meanders and wanders of discovery and inquiry
  • Plant identification & observation (edible, medicinal, hazardous!)
  • Stewardship and learning to tread lightly
  • Nature crafts
  • Basic wilderness skills (as desired by the group – shelters, knots, clothing, whistles, orienteering etc.)
  • Much more!

Now registering for our Fall session! Click here >>

Please ensure you have read our policies here >>

Spring Break Camp

Outdoor Adventure Spring Break Camp
March 20-24 2017

Camps for school age children 6-9

8:30am-3pm
Peterson Creek Park, Kamloops BC
$165

Join us for a fun filled week of adventure and physical activity in the great outdoors. 
Loosely structured, full of free play and lots of creative games, stories and songs.
We will definitely be doing some hiking. There will be lots of encouragement for observation as well as identification of native plants & animals. Kids will have the opportunity to learn skills such as knot tying, map reading (and making!) as well as shelter building. All focused around a theme of stewardship for our nature park and our community!

Don’t miss out on this incredible one of a kind day camp experience!

Register Today >>

PROGRAM DETAILS:

DROP OFF AT 8:30AM

We meet at the Lower Park Entrance to Peterson Creek. At the top of Glenfair Drive off of Columbia St downtown. If you are coming from East of 6th you can access Glenfair by turning right at 5th and coming toward the Glenfair retirement residences and turning right to go over the bridge and up left toward the park.

Your child MUST come to camp EACH day with the following on their body:

  • A well fitting backpack
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Long pants & shirt (NO COTTON)
  • A warm insulating layer (minimum TWO layers of clothing)
  • Rain coat & Pants (these can be in their backpack)

In their backpack each child MUST have:

  • two pairs of socks
  • a change of clothes in a ziploc bag
  • two bread bags
  • a water bottle
  • a snack AND a lunch

Kids who get cold are uncomfortable and get cranky REALLY fast when they are working hard outside. I do my best to keep kids warm but if your child comes unprepared and becomes cold I will call you to pick them up likely because they are in distress. 

It is of UTMOST importance that we set them up for success by dressing appropriately.

OUR DAY

Our first session will be pretty low key. We will go for a short walk into the park and play some games while we get to know each other. 

Our typical day will include: 

  • A 30-60min leisurely hike into the park
  • Together we will build our “basecamp” for the day
  • Snack
  • Free play and nature arts & crafts
  • Lunch
  • Story-telling games
  • “Sit Spot”
  • Hike/Meander back down to meet our parents

PICK UP IS AT 3PM

We wait at the yellow gate.
I do not let children run into the parking lot toward you. Please come up to the yellow gate to join us and do not wait in your car for your child. The parking lot is one of the most dangerous places we will be all day and I want your kids to be safe.

Register today at activekids.com >>

ParticipACTION 2015 Health Report Card

“As Dr. Mark Tremblay, the chief scientific officer of the ParticipACTION Report Card says, we have lost the balance between short-term safety and long-term health.  In outdoor play, risk doesnt mean courting danger, but rather giving kids the freedom to assess their surroundings and make decisions, allowing them to build confidence, develop skills, solve problems and learn limits.  Not only will kids move more if theyre outside, playing freely, but theyll be set up to be more resilient and less likely to develop chronic diseases in the long run.

What many adults recall from their childhood as thrilling and exciting play that tested boundaries such as exploring the woods, rough housing, moving fast or playing at heights is often called risky play these days. While these activities could lead to injuries, the vast majority are minor.”

Read the whole media release here > 

You can also download the full report from the ParticipACTION website.

How ditching the classroom boosts children’s mental health

The WWF sponsored a green schools series in the Guardian Newspaper Online. Written by Matthew Jenkin this lovely article outlines how “Getting outdoors can pay dividends in academic performance – but it also improves pupils’ concentration and confidence.”

An Excerpt of the article is posted below….

Three years ago teacher Simon Poote spotted a disused strip of land on the grounds of Long Crendon school in Aylesbury. Instead of giving over the 15-metre square lawn to recreational use, or simply ignoring it, Poote saw potential for creating an outdoor learning space for the primary’s year 1 to 6 students. The only snag was how to pay for the plot’s transformation.

“We have lots of space but not much money,” says headteacher Sue Stamp. The school therefore appealed to parents, local businesses and the community to donate everything from landfill material to create small hills, to unwanted play equipment to build a trim trail and tunnels for the children to explore. Help came thick and fast, and the area now boasts a fully equipped thatched mud kitchen and a system of pipes and pulleys to transport water around the site.

Stamp insists outdoor learning has become more than just a project for the school, “it’s a way of life” she explains. The whole ethos of the school is to be outdoors as much as possible, rain or shine, so that students of all ages also take part in forest school activities in a wooded area alongside the playing field two days a week, learning skills such as fire lighting and making charcoal, as well as being allowed to climb trees, all under supervision.

“We have seen an amazing difference in some children,” she says. “Children who just didn’t engage in the classroom suddenly come into their own when they get outside.” Students who are less academically inclined gain in confidence and Stamp claims she has seen them step up as leaders in practical group activities for the first time.

Read full article here >>

What the Outdoors Does to Your Brain

According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a 90-minute walk through a natural environment has a remarkably positive impact on people. In a survey taken afterwards, those who took the natural walk showed far lower levels of anxiety or obsessive worry. The control group who spent 90 minutes walking through a city did not share the nature groups up-beat mood.

 

Read Full Article Here >>

Children Need Unbounded Outdoor Play

Cognoscenti contributor John Less argues his reasons for advocating why children need to play and explore outdoors.

For children, the difference between observing creatures in a zoo or aquarium and catching a tadpole or a turtle in a pond is geometric. Feeling a live and wild animal wriggle in one’s palm is a different experience from seeing specimens in a controlled environment. Returning that creature back into its habitat, and doing it safely and with compassion, is equally important and rewarding. ‘Catch and release’ is a fundamental life experience that can only be learned in nature, and it is a core value of our humanity.

Read full article here >>

Shoots (Outdoor Kindergarten Program)

A program for kindergarten children aged 5 & 6

Friday Mornings – $85/month*
Peterson Creek Park – 8:45am-11:45am
* September 2017 through June 2018

Note: There are no classes on SD73 Professional Development Days
SD 73 School Calendar >>

Let a deep relationship with nature be the foundation of your child’s education.
Join us as we explore the many eco-systems and landscapes of Lower Peterson Creek Park. Your child will develop a deep relationship with their natural surroundings as the day moves from the chill of morning air into the warmth of afternoon sun. In the outdoors children are able to explore the edges of their physical ability and gain confidence in themselves and each other.

Friendships are stronger because they depend on each other,
their experiences are shared deeply within the soul.

A typical day in our nature kindergarten….

  • Drop-off/Pack Check – We meet in the parking lot where the group leader and the parents will go through a clothing checklist to ensure each child is properly prepared for the adventure ahead.
  • Hike – Our day begins with a small hike to one of four play sites. Each site takes us deeper into the park and we return to each place for only 3 weeks each season to ensure our environment has a chance to rest & recover.
  • Play – The bulk of our time is spent on play. Teachers are very hands off to allow children to learn, explore and play freely & deeply with each other. We are always nearby and attentive to lend a helping hand or suggestions of language as they learn to communicate with each other.
  • Snack – Snack brings the group back together where they are each given a warm cloth to wipe their hands, after a blessing song a snack is shared together.Children bring a litter-free snack to fuel their busy bodies
  • Circle/Story – To give everyone a rest after a busy morning of play we sit together for a story and songs
  • Explore/Wander/Hike – When everyone has had a drink of water or warm tea and a full belly backpacks go back on for a joyful hike back through the park to return to the parking lot for pick up. Everyone carries all their things in their pack, including the teacher!
  • Pick Up – We wait at the yellow gate!

Registration for September 2017 open soon….

Before you register please ensure you have read our policies >>