Forest School, Professional Development

It’s Official!

July 7, 2016

I’m registered and will be attending Forest School Canada’s Practitioner’s Course . This will allow me to eventually have a certified Forest School, it’s the very first step. A type of first step that I haven’t taken since my eldest was born. I’m so excited and so ready for this! Ottawa here I come! (In a few months that is lol).


This course will give educators the pedagogical and practical tools they need to safely and effectively establish and run their own quality Forest and Nature School programs. Themes to be covered include Pedagogy and Theory, Practical Skills, and Establishment and Delivery. There is a strong emphasis in this course on self-directed learning, experiential learning, inquiry-based learning, and place-based education. These are the underpinnings of Forest and Nature School, and through this course you will have an opportunity to experience first hand this kind of learning, in order to then shift into being this kind of educator.

The course consists of a five-day intensive, residential program where all educators stay on site to facilitate the formation of  a ‘community of practice’. These five days are physically and mentally engaging, and are meant to be a transformative and immersive nature-based experience for those involved. Following these five days, educators return home to launch into course work, which includes developing a portfolio, various assignments, delivering six practice Forest School sessions to a student group, and video documentation of your practice. During this time you will be assessed to ensure you are meeting all course assessment criteria, and best practices in the Forest and Nature School field.

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  • Reply Adina Manciu July 7, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Follow your dream…with passion, dedication, lots of heart,and enthusiasm!!! You are growing into a beautiful human being….so proud of you and your family!!!
    Love, Mom

  • Reply Agata Hawrylak July 10, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I am very happy for you 🙂 and entirely envious lol


    • Reply Cristina Alt August 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you 😉

  • Reply Caroline Watters November 25, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Hi there, I have a 2.5 year old (diagnosed with Autism) and 7 year old. I am looking for a forest school in southern ontario for them both to attend next year. Where are you located exactly?


  • Reply Jennifer January 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I would love to connect with you and see what all events and outings will be upcoming in the future. :). We are in Guelph, my son is 9, my daughter, 3. I found your page while trying to dig up the dates and times for the Shade’s Mill’s homeschooling program. 😉

    • Reply Cristina Alt December 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Jennifer! I somehow just saw your comment now and I am so sorry for missing it earlier! We are now in Woodstock and my Forest Play sessions have moved to Wednesdays. On Fridays Shade’s Mills has a fantastic program (Forest Fridays) from 1:30-4pm for ages 6-12, and there are quite a few older boys that attend. I volunteered last year and it was amazing. The kids made their own snowshoes, built fires, tried their hand at archery and feet at cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. We went on hikes to ID trees and plants and learned about navigating with a compass and so much more. The second session of the year started on Nov 23, I’m not sure if the program is full but I do know there are 21 children participating and they have 2 facilitators. Here’s the info:

      I recommend this program 110%

      Hope this helps!

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