What does a typical day with The Wild Ones Forest School look like?
A typical day starts with the facilitators welcoming families at the designated area. This is a great opportunity for caregivers to give the facilitators a heads up on any unique circumstances that might affect the participant’s experience that day (birthday, parent traveling, recovering from a cold etc). We will then meander back to our site and set up for the day. Depending on the weather and the interests of the group, we might put up a shelter, track animals, engage in a group game, learn about the eco-system, share tea and chat, or engage in a project like den building. Facilitators will spend time observing and interacting with participants. Our day ends with participants finding a small item to bring home as part of their Reflection. This is an excellent way to open the conversation about their day and what they discovered or experienced!
What training do the facilitators have?
Our staff have received training through Forest School Education and are certified in the following:
Archimedes Level 3 Forest School Practitioner
Wilderness First Aid
CPR & First Aid
All staff have been background checked and fingerprinted.
What should my child wear to forest school?
One thing we are not in control of is the weather! We strive for our school to take place outdoors, rain or shine. This means that your child should come prepared to be outside the entire time. If there is rain in the forecast, that means bring a rain coat and galoshes. If there is snow or cold weather in the forecast, bring mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and back-ups. Layering is recommended. All participating families will receive guidelines on what to pack upon enrollment. We also have a Comfort Break Room indoors if we need a brief reprieve from especially challenging weather or unsafe conditions.