Calgary Forest School - Now Hiring

Located in Calgary, Alberta, our children's programs model the Forest School approach that have been well established in Europe since the 1950's. Research shows a multitude of reasons - intellectual, social, emotional and physical to get kids outside spending great lengths of time in nature. 

All of the educators have taken the Forest School Practitioner training through Forest School Canada, some in association with Jon Cree from Forest School Association in England. In the program children spend the majority of their time exploring, creating and learning hands-on in the natural world using provincial, municipal and private lands. A permanent indoor classroom is located in the Red Deer Lake Community Centre. An outdoor classroom utilizes a travel-trailer converted to classroom and is used for the 1/2 day classes. Class size for the full day class is 16 children with a 1:6 ratio when outdoors. The 1/2 day class has 6 children.

Our Practice
Our individual practice is always developing and evolving as we ourselves develop and evolve as educators and learners. Our programs are supported by Certified Teachers to enhance appropriate curricular strands, numeracy and literacy. 

We consider The Early Learning and Childcare Curriculum Framework for Alberta which "is broadly focused on the process of our (early childcare) work and the decisions we (early childcare workers) make every day, rather than determining the content of children's learning, as traditional ideas of curriculum often suggest." (from their FAQ, parenthesis added.)

The collective of our individual practice drive the key concepts at our Forest School:

  • Regular woodland visits for extended periods of time to play

  • Safety & supporting risk in play

  • Learner-led, inquiry-based project work inspired by the work of educators from Reggio Emilia

  • Fostering of empathy, collaboration, participation and group work

  • Observation and documentation of learning using StoryPark

  • Hands on learning and play

  • Storytelling

  • Reflection and mindfulness




Registration form
Tell us about your child

Our programs operate Monday - Friday
Full day - 9:30 - 2:30; 1/2 day - 9:30 - 12:00
For ages 3* - 5 years old

The Forest School program is a semester-based recreational program. Please complete the Registration Forms in the above to submit a registration.

Fall/Winter 2019 Semester
Begins November 4, 2019; 11 weeks
Full day (1 day per week) -  $605 + gst
1/2 day (Mondays only) - $300 + gst (no session on Remembrance Day)

Winter 2020 Semester
Begins February 3, 2020; 8 weeks
Full day (1 day per week) -  $440 + gst

Spring 2020 Semester
Begins April 6; 11 weeks
Full day (1 day per week) -  $605 + gst

Please note - Completing a forest school registration does not guarantee you a space. Our programs operate on seasonal semesters. Once enrolled in a semester families have the first opportunity to re-enrol for the subsequent semesters should they choose.

The forest school program operates out of the Red Deer Lake Community Hall and Lloyd Park - 5 min. west of Spruce Meadows off Hwy. 22x. A beautiful 56-acre municipally-owned woodland and wetland environment.  Additional $35 annual community membership is required at this location. ($25 if you live in MD of Foothills). 

*Children must be fully independent in the bathroom to attend. There is no diaper-changing facility.