Nature School

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Seasonal Semesters

Willowgrove's Nature School is located on a hundred-acre, green-belt farm, and features beautiful natural elements such as a creek, ponds, old-growth woodlots, rolling hills, barns, and fields.

Each 12 week semester is seasonally inspired, focusing on hands-on, outdoor-learning experiences designed to supplement the Ontario Curriculum.

    Nature School Semesters*:
      Fall: Sept. 14 - Dec. 4
      Winter: Dec. 7 - Mar. 12
      Spring: Mar. 22 - Jun. 4
    *All stat-holidays observed. No PA Days.

Outdoor Classrooms

Our full week (5 days/week) classrooms are taught by 1 Ontario Certified Teacher, with 1 Outdoor Educational Assitant, and our three-day/week programs are overseen by 2 Outdoor Educators. Alongside our intimate class sizes of only 15 students, these low student/teacher ratios ensure that our staff can not only meet the educational needs of our students but help to nurture their emotional and social wellbeing as well.

Sample Curriculum

What does inquiry, play-based learning in an outdoor classroom actually look like? Click below to read through an example of one of our week's curriculums.

Click here to see our sample curriculum.

A Day in the Life

    9:00 - Check-in
    9:15 - Morning Sharing/Overview
    9:30 - Experiential Outdoor Learning
    10:45 - Washroom/Hand Washing
    11:00 - Snack
    11:15 - Experiential Outdoor Learning
    12:00 - Washroom/Hand Washing
    12:15 - Lunch
    12:45 - Free Outdoor Play
    1:15 - Experiential Outdoor Learning
    2:15 - Washroom/Hand Washing
    2:30 - Camp Fire/Reflection
    3:15 - Free Outdoor Play
    3:45 - Washroom/Hand Washing
    4:00 - Pick up

Semester Costs

5 Day Program | $375 per week
    1 ontario Certified Teacher
    1 Outdoor Educator
3 Day Program | $195 per week

    2 Outdoor Educators

Applications are now being accepted on a first come first serve basis. Successful applicants will be notified and invited to Willowgrove for a parent/student interview.

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Miss the farm? During COVID-19, Willowgrove is doing our part to minimize the spread of novel COVID-19 by severely reducing our programming. However, we are excited to offer a brand new Family Camp Rental program that meets Public Health's recommendations and allows for cohorts/families/bubbles to join us on-site. Click the link for details.

Miss camp? As both Willowgrove Day Camp's and Fraser Lake Camp's summer programs have been suspended for 2020 we will be offering a one-of-a-kind, daily Camp@Home program in order to provide children with a supervised camp community experience this summer. Click the link for details.