Calgary Nature Kindergarten
Calgary's first Nature Kindergarten - an Alberta Education-approved independent ECS that is publicly funded. The Kindergarten follows the Alberta Education mandated Kindergarten curriculum in a child-led, naturalized outdoor environment.
Calgary Nature Kindergarten:
a full day program from 9 am - 3 pm, 2 days per week plus *alternating Fridays; 2017-2018 Calendar
- has children spending the majority of each day learning and playing in a natural, outdoor environment
has a class size of 19 children (max.) with an outdoor classroom (Lloyd Park) ratio of 1:9
publicly funded with a $50 application fee and $350 total program fee; plus $25-$35 per calendar year for community association/park membership fees (depending on location).
Our indoor classroom is located on the lower level of the Tanbridge Academy building at corner of HWY 22x and 112 St W (5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows) and outdoor classroom located in Lloyd Park near the Red Deer Lake Community Centre.
We are still accepting registrations for 2018-2019 School Year!
Registration packages for the 2018 school year can be downloaded HERE.
Parents wanting to register for the 2018 school year are strongly encouraged to attend the parent info night. We are now accepting completed registration packages along with $50 registration fees. Completed registrations can be mailed in or dropped off at the indoor classroom (Please read registration package for detailed information.) We are still accepting registrations for 2018.
Questions or if you wish to apply, please contact our Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018-2019 School documents for download:
2018-2019 School Calendar is available here.
Clothing list for 2018-2019 school year available here.
2018-2019 Parent Handbook now available
2018-2019 school forms and waivers package available here
Parent Meet & Greet for the 2018-19 School Year
When: Saturday, Aug 25th. Monday's class is from 10-11am and Tuesday's class is from 11am-12pm.
Please read through handbook and school waivers and forms prior to meeting. We encourage parents to download or print handbook at home if needed. Please bring a completed copy of the school waiver package. We will have a few hard copies for those who do not have a printer at home.
First Day of Classes:
Monday's Class: August 29th. Drop off at indoor classroom
Tuesday's class: August 30th: Drop off at indoor classroom
Calgary Nature Kindergarten is operated by the Children's Commons Ecological Society (CCES). CCES is a not-for-profit society started by the educators, founders and parents of Common Digs Forest School.
Board of Directors: Lisa Menzies, Tara Dressler, Kate Hoang, Cheryl Galbraith, and Ashlin Russell
To create learning environments that foster the connection between children and the natural world by providing repeated and regular access to a nature space, hands on collaborative learning, playful inquiry, and reflection and use of materials as a means for all learners to extend their understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world around them.
The CCES Board of Directors is expanding. More details here
CCES and Common Digs are separately operated organizations that have common goals, work collaboratively and share resources.
Our RDL Location:
Tanbridge Academy Building: 178003 112 Street West Foothills No. 3, AB T1S 0V8 ((corner or HWY 22x and 53rd St SW)
& Lloyd Park
TO GET TO INDOOR CLASSROOM: Park in the 2nd parking lot of the Tanbridge School Building and walk down the hill to our south-facing, lower-level entrance.
TO GET TO OUTDOOR CLASSROOM (Lloyd Park): Continue driving straight past our school and at the end of the road you will see the Lloyd Park entrance and the parking lot is just a little past the gates. We will meet at the Lloyd Park Picnic Shelter. *Bring backpacks and lunches with you to Park on mornings that start here.*
What is Nature Kindergarten?
The concept of educating children through the natural world and real life experiences is not new. It first came into academic thinking in the early 1800's. In the past 50 years it has taken a resurgence in Europe and very recently in the US and Canada. Several Nature Kindergartens exist now in Canada including Sooke Nature Kindergarten (BC), Maple Ridge Eco School (BC), Barrie Nature Kindergarten (ON) and Tawinga College (ON) among others.
- repeated opportunity to return to the same outdoor, natural space for great lengths of time
- playful inquiry
- emergent curriculum
- supported strong and mighty play
- use of natural materials
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