We are active members of our local community.
We are stewards of our local eco-system, the parks & places where nature lives.
At Sprouting Knowledge we follow Forest Schools Ethos & Principles
We are guided and inspired by the wisdom of listening deeply to our hearts and intuition.
The beauty of working in nature is that it allows us the time and space to hear those messages, reflect and take action.
Our programs are built on the philosophy that children who are allowed to regularly play freely in nature will naturally develop as capable, creative, enthusiastic human beings. We, as instructors, are positive role models to ensure children also learn to be caring, thoughtful stewards of their environment with an awareness for the eco-systems which surround and support them.
“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world,
we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.”
~ David Suzuki
This website is full of links and snippets of articles regarding the research, studies and articles that guide and influence our work.
Why Play Outdoors?
Reprinted with permission from Victoria Nature School
Children who regularly play outdoors have decreased chance of diabetes, heart disease and obesity,
and they have better balance, physical stamina and gross motor skills. (O’Brien & Murray, 2007) (Fjørtoft, 2004) (Burdette H.L. 2005)
Many children in N.A. are deficient in Vitamin D which can be rectified by more outdoor time and exposure to sun (Mansbach, 2009)
Nature and outdoor play has been shown to decrease symptoms of ADD, ADHD, anxiety and depression
Children who are involved in outdoor programs, show improved high cognitive skills and score better on standardized test. They have better focus, problem solving and multi-tasking skills; and are better able to think critically and creatively (Atchley, 2012) (Berman, 2008) (Bartosh, 2003) (Ernst, 2004)
Outdoor learning and play helps children develop a positive sense of self, intrinsic motivation and respect for themselves, others and the environment (O’Brien & Murray, 2007) (Louv, 2011) (Russell, 2013)
“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Our Education Director | Krystal Williams
Krystal consistently works toward inspiring and making change in the world around her. Growing up on a large farm in the middle of a city she has a deep love and playful relationship with the natural world. Being a young single mother forced her to abandon her dreams of being an environmental scientist for the WWF and allowed her to discover her gift with numbers. She is a current Business student at TRU with a 10 year background in accounting & finance. She enjoys helping her staff and families find balance and sustainability in creative ways.
Sprouting Knowledge History
We ran our first “outdoor preschool” program Fridays in the forest in 2014 as part of a childcare program. It was such a hit we applied to run a stand alone preschool program the following year.
Unfortunately our 2015 licensing application was unsuccessful due to the lack of an indoor space. We continued to run recreation programs through the City of Kamloops for the fall and spring sessions.
In Fall 2015 Sprouting Knowledge was formed and explored the possibility of becoming a co-operative of people who are passionate about children, education and the natural world.
We are still only a few people with the time and passion to put in the low pay high reward work of being with children outdoors.
Together our community aims to be a model of collaboration, sharing passions and talents with other educators looking to create new systems of education. The power of collaboration, put simply -sharing, can create a synergy that can greatly impact the lives of children that we serve by creating solutions for a better world.
Let’s work together toward a more wholesome and healthy education for our children!