GROWING ROOTS AIMS TO PROVIDE THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN TO DEEPEN THEIR CONNECTION WITH THE NATURAL WORLD THROUGH PLACE-BASED, CHILD-DIRECTED AND PLAY-BASED LEARNING IN AN OUTDOOR SETTING.
OUR PROGRAM This child-directed play-based program will provide experiences that foster a growing relationship with the natural world. Through DISCOVERY, HEALTHY RISK-TAKING and MESSY FUN, participants will deepen their connection with nature, problem-solve and build on age-appropriate social skills. Our WHOLE-CHILD approach will provide an ideal learning environment. Located on the north-east edge of the Town of Cochrane, and only a short drive from Calgary, Bearspaw and Springbank. Our location gives us access to forests, meadows and valley views to discover and play in. When the days are REALLY frosty, we will have access to a warming tent to get out of the elements.
We would like to acknowledge the land on which Growing Roots Forest Play is situated is the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot). To the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations who are the traditional caretakers of the earth, wind and waters we walk in your footsteps. We acknowledge that this territory is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. We pay our respects to the Elders of the past, present and emerging.
MAIN SITE PROGRAMS FOREST PLAY SCHOOL for Early Years development in an outdoor environment. Options of one, two or three day programs in our our MUDDY MONDAYS, BUSH BUDS and WEDNESDAYS IN THE WOODS programs. FOREST EXPLORERS, a school aged program for children ages 5-11, on Mondays!
COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS
LITTLE SPROUTS is a parented program for our littlest littles based at the Historic Cochrane Ranche.
RANCH RAMBLERS is a Friday after school program focused on the early dismissal of the Tri Schools. We welcome students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to come to explore, play and learn with us. We can pick up children at Elizabeth Barrett so you don't even have to battle the traffic or cut out of work early! We will explore at the Historic Cochrane Ranche.