At Sprouting Knowledge we are delighted to offer outdoor education programs for children that are held exclusively in Kamloops nature parks. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a natural environment.
When they are dressed properly it is the adults who tend be concerned about the weather, not the children.
Through modeling and mentorship it is our goal to prepare children, parents and educators to be stewards of their natural environment with a deep connection and appreciation for the natural world. Our role as facilitators is meant to assist rather than lead your child’s play. It is our job to provide a container of safety which enables your children to remain free to explore.
All programs run in Peterson Creek,
a culturally significant area to our local First Nation.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional unceeded territory of the Secwepemc Nation and the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc people.
No bad weather – just bad clothing choices.
- Sessions run rain or shine so parents must dress their children according to the weather.
- We remain outdoors for the entire class.
(read our inclement weather policy).
- Check out our clothing policies and gear guides here >
For information about dressing your child for the outdoors please visit these links.
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