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Nature Playcare

Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon
Nature Playcare

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Six adventurous afternoons of early childhood nature play coming soon!

Nature Playcare provides young children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in play-based learning in a natural environment. This weekly facilitated experience promotes respect for our natural environment and a sense of well-being in nature. Parents can expect an age-appropriate nature experience, which is designed to foster the development of each child's resiliency, confidence, creativity, imagination, and independence.

What does Nature Playcare look like? Each weekly session will begin with a short gathering followed by unstructured play and exploration in the beautifully wild Gabriel Dumont Park. This includes children taking carefully managed and supported risks appropriate for their capabilities and the site (for example, sliding down a hill and climbing or balancing along a log). Wildernook facilitators Jana Miller and Zoe Arnold will use holistic, child-centred practices to support each child’s development.

Requirements: This is a fully outdoor program that will proceed in all types of weather. To ensure your child has the best possible experience, warm outdoor clothing including snow pants, jacket, toque, mitts, and boots are required. Suggestions for types of clothing and layering will be provided on registration.

Is Nature Playcare the right fit for my/our child? The suggested age for Nature Playcare is 3-4 years; we also suggest that each child is able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom. Please contact jana@wildernook.com if you have any questions about clothing or other requirements.

Location: Gabriel Dumont Park

Times: Friday afternoons: 1:30 - 3:30, Oct.26th - Nov. 30th, 2018

Cost: $135.00, or $125.00 for SaskOutdoors members

A parent information session will be held the week before Nature Playcare starts at a date, time and location to be determined.

Meet the Nature Playcare Facilitators

Zoe loves to be outside more than anywhere else. Her passion and expertise lies in facilitating nature-based, child-centred programs. Zoe trained and worked as a Forest School Leader in London, UK. She holds a UK Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Leadership as well as a B. Ed. in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University.

Jana can’t shake her experiential education affliction. Favourite roles on her learning journey include co-facilitating the Certificate in Ecological Education program, and co-teaching in the grade eight Ecoquest program. She is a closet interdisciplinarian and founder of the social purpose business, Wildernook Fresh Air Learning.


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