Barrie Forest Kindergarten and Nature School has the distinction of being the first established and oldest Forest Kindergarten and Nature School in Simcoe County.
Barrie Forest Kindergarten was started because there was a lack of Outdoor Programs in Simcoe county that focused on small class sizes, nature immersion and learning through play. All programs and childcare at the time for younger students still spent a majority of time indoors and had large class sizes. We strived for a Forest Kindergarten model similar to that in Europe where children learn into their seventh or eighth year in Forest kindergartens; countries that continue to have some of the highest ranked student populations in the world.
After attending Cedarsong Nature school for Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training, the only Forest School training in North America at the time, we were able to provide this wonderful opportunity for the benefit of families in Simcoe Country. The Cedarsong Model, which is based on the forest kindergarden models in Europe, provides complete nature immersion promoting a child directed inquiry based learning model. We have also extended our learning by pursuing a Masters of Education in Sustainability.
We are proud to say we are the oldest, and only, Forest Kindergarten in Simcoe County with low class sizes for tailored class facilitation, full nature immersion and led by a trainer, speaker and resident author in play based child directed learning.
Board Member of Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario
Member of the Forest School Association