One of our long term visions at Wesley Clover Parks is to help people from all walks of life to learn more about our natural and sustainable environment. To date we’ve established the region’s first Forest School through our partnership with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and Andrew Fleck Children’s Services.
The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (CNAC) supports individuals and organizations across sectors to incorporate nature-based play and learning into their work. Whether you are an educator interested in starting your own Forest and Nature School or the leader of an organization looking to equip your staff with tools to support risky play, they have a professional learning opportunity for you!
The Ottawa Forest and Nature School offers the following programs:
- Community programs
Running Fall/Winter (September to December) and Winter/Spring (January to June) children join us one day a week from 9:00am until 3:00pm. With an 8:1 ratio for school-age children (4-12 years) and 5:1 ratio for pre-schoolers (2.5-4 years), each group of children with two educators gather, play and learn out on the land. Registration for Fall/Winter takes place in July, registration for Winter/Spring takes place in November.
- Summer programs
Week-long summer programs run through July and August, 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Wesley Clover Parks Campground. Families are invited to register for up to two weeks of child-led play and learning in the shade of the canopy. Registration for summer programs takes place in early March.
- Drop In
OFNS offers open drop ins and four-week registered sessions where families join an educator to hike out on the land, play and gather for story. Inquire for registration dates.
- Ottawa-Carleton District School Board partnership
This program mentors teachers and ECE’s in play-based inquiry-driven learning on the land, through six weeks of programming onsite at the Wesley Clover Parks Campground in the first year, and in Nearby Nature within walking distance of the school in the second year. Schools in their third year and beyond are offered continued support in the development of their self -directed outdoor learning and play program. Schools are selected in partnership with the school board.
The Ottawa Forest and Nature School offers children, families and their communities inclusive, safe and supported, opportunities to learn and form connections to the land, each other, and themselves through child-centred, interest-led play in Ottawa’s urban nature continuum- from forests to parks, meadows to mud-puddles.
Every aspect of Wesley Clover Parks holds a chance to learn something new. We are truly fortunate with nature at our doorstep.
Learn more about the programming offered at Ottawa Forest and Nature School here.
Ticks are most often-found in forests and wooded areas but they can also live in shrubs, tall grass and leaves. By taking precautions you can enjoy the great outdoors! Visit http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/lyme-disease.aspx for more information about ticks and preventing Lyme disease.