Photo: Kim Urbaniak

Forest and Nature School

History of Forest and Nature School

In October 2021, the magic started. 

A group of inspired parents and environmental educators enchanted the first group of young children and their carers. Together, they discovered and explored their forest backyards, week after week. Using a play-based, child-led, emergent curriculum, the explorers were offered time and space to build, play, and engage with one another. 

With regular and repeated access to nature across every season of the year, the children became the magic themselves, showing us over and over again what an amazing teacher nature is herself. Since then, we’ve grown to offer four once-per-week programs for kids aged twelve and under. 

We are happy to welcome the Kimberley Outdoor Learning Society’s Forest & Nature School programs as our own, effective September 2023. Our goal is to expand Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook’s year-round programming, while simultaneously helping the Forest & Nature School to streamline the behind-the-scenes work. But don’t worry, the programs will remain play-based, child-led, and guided by Forest and Nature School principles, as they always have been!

FALL 2024 REGISTRATION (all except Deer & Fawns)

Deer & Fawns registration


Our Programs

Deer and Fawn Parented Play (0-5 years)
Learn and explore in the outdoors together through games, storytelling, and crafts. Activities are inspired by the children’s interests.  We meet rain, shine, or snow to explore the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the natural world in all seasons.

For children aged 0 – 5 years old and their carers; ideally geared for those comfortable walking in weather-appropriate gear (eg. rain boots or snow boots). Younger children are welcome, but please note that many activities may be more difficult for children who aren’t yet walking. 

Fall 2024: Sep 6 – Dec 13 (subject to sufficient registration)
Timing: Fridays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: This program takes place in Lois Creek Trails at the far end of Townsite, where Fernie Street meets 8th Ave.
Cost: $176 per family (13 weeks, no program Oct 11 and Oct 18)
Please note: Minimum 1 parent/guardian must be present with your dependents. Some activities may be more difficult for children who aren’t yet walking.

Register for Deer & Fawns


Wolf Cubs Unparented Play (3-5 years)
Fun adventures in the forest! Wolf Cubs is an unparented program for children from 3 years (who are walking confidently and potty trained) up to school age. Explore, play, and make friends!

Wolf Cubs is about helping children build confidence and social skills through reassuring routines and child-led activities, exploring, and playing. 

We meet rain, shine, or snow to explore the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the natural world in all seasons. Activities may include splashing in streams, building, mud play, creative games, free play, stories, and crafts. Wolf Cubs also experiment with tool work and beneficial risk-taking.  

Fall 2024: Sep 17 – Dec 10 (subject to sufficient registration)
Timing: Tuesdays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: This program takes place in Lois Creek Trails at the far end of Townsite, where Fernie Street meets 8th Ave.
Cost: $277 per child (13 weeks)


Snowshoe Hares Afterschool (5-13 years)
A wild after-school adventure for children in kindergarten through grade 7. Have fun exploring the forest come rain, shine, or snow! 

The Snowshoe Hares afterschool program is a place and time where children can experience and connect to the forest through repeated visits to the same locations. This less structured time will be child-led and supported by the instructors. Activities may include exploration, free play, STEAM challenges, tool use, games, and crafts.

Fall 2024: Sep 9 – Dec 9 (subject to sufficient registration)
Timing: Mondays 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Location: We are considering relocating Snowshoe Hares from the Trail Street Entrance of Lois Creek to Chapman Camp, near KIS. Please email to express your interest, and indicate if you are able to attend at either location.
Cost: $192 per child (10 weeks, no program Sep 23, Sep 30, Oct 14 and Nov 11)  


Ravens Full Day (5-13 years)
As wise, creative birds, ravens travel their own unique paths through life. In this homeschool support group for kindergarten to grade 7, students will soar widely and deepen their horizons exploring and connecting with the forest across the seasons.  

Ravens will spend the full day in the forest engaging in exploration, games, group activities, and STEAM challenges. Ravens have lots of time for free play, supported by some instructor-led activities and reflection time. 

Fall 2024: Sep 20 – Dec 20 (subject to change based on interest and availability from home learning families)
Timing: Bi-weekly Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 pm
2023/2024 programs will take place in Lois Creek Trails, starting and ending at the top of Trail Street trailhead.
Cost: $268 per child (7 weeks – Sep 20, Oct 11, Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6 and Dec 20)
If you are interested in single days ($45), please email
Please note: Late arrivals are welcome, to accommodate various public school end times. Parents will be responsible for getting their child to the program. Email if you have any questions.


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Upcoming Kimberley Cranbrook events

Kimberley Community Garden Work Bees

July 5 - July 28

Whether you're big or small, young or old, new to gardening or a veteran, we'd love to have you join us in the Kimberley Community Garden!

Camp Odyssey 2024

July 8 - August 23

Our incredibly popular Camp Odyssey is back for summer of 2024! A great opportunity to have your children outside, in a safe, structured, and fun environment with week-long and day camps in Kimberley & Cranbrook.

E-Bike Raffle 2024

Thursday, August 29

For our 2024 E-Bike Raffle, we are offering the chance to win one Liv Amiti E+ 3 — all you have to do is pick your destination and enjoy the journey!

Kimberley Farmers' Market 2024

June 20 - September 19

The Kimberley Farmers' Market will be serving up fresh produce from local farmers, crafts from local artisans, live music, and delicious food for you to enjoy each Thursday throughout the summer!

Forest and Nature School: Fall 2024 Programs

September 6 - December 20

Forest and Nature School offers regular and repeated access to nature across every season which allows children to become the magic themselves, showing us what an amazing teacher nature is herself.

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Join The Team

Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.


Branch Information


97 Wallinger Ave
Kimberley, BC V1A 1Y6

Office Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (by appointment only)
Phone: 250-427-2535