Forest and Nature School: Fall 2023 Programs

Monday, October 16, 2023 - Monday, December 18, 2023
Kimberley & Cranbrook Branch
Vary depending on program

For late registrations, after November 1, please email:

Previously known as Kimberley Outdoor Learning Society (KOLS), Forest and Nature School programs have been welcomed as part of Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook


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 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.


Dear and Fawn Parented Play (0-5 years)

For children aged 0-5 years old and their carers. 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.

Ages: 0+ (minimum 1 parent/guardian must be present with your dependents)
When: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm every Friday from September 15 to December 8 (no programs on September 29 or October 20, subject to sufficient registration)

Snowshoe Hares After School (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.

Ages: 5-13
When: 2:45 – 5:30 pm every Monday from September 11 to December 18 (no programs on October 9 or November 13, subject to sufficient registration)

Ravens Full Day (5-13 years)

*Modified to a half-day program for Fall 2023

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 (afternoons only for Fall 2023) 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.

Ages: 5-13
When: 12:30 – 5:00 pm Friday, September 29, October 20, November 10, Friday, December 8 (subject to sufficient registration)