Photo: Kim Urbaniak

Forest and Nature School: Spring 2024 Programs

Friday, April 5, 2024 - Monday, June 17, 2024
Kimberley & Cranbrook Branch
Vary depending on program
register here!

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; 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. 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 April 12 to June 14 (no program on April 26, subject to sufficient registration)

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.  

Ages: 3-5
When: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm every Tuesday from April 9 to June 11 (no program on April 23, subject to sufficient registration)

Ravens Full Day (5-12 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 5-6 hours 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: 5-12
Biweekly Fridays: 1:00 – 5:00 pm every other Friday, April 5 & 19, May 3, 17 & 31, June 14 (subject to sufficient registration)