At Sprouting Knowledge I am 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. It is the adults who tend be concerned about the weather, not the children. Through modeling and mentorship it is my goal to prepare children, parents and educators to be stewards of their natural environment with a deep connection and appreciation for the natural world. My role is meant to assist rather than lead your child’s play. It is my 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.
I respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc Nation and the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc people.
- Sessions run rain or shine so dress according to the weather.
- Children remain outdoors for the duration
(read our inclement weather policy).
- The rhythm of our day is a combination of structured group activity and free play;
You can think of it as an in breath followed by an out breath.
Appropriate clothing is critical for success in the outdoors!
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