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.
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.
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.
We also offer FOREST EXPLORERS, a school aged program for children ages 5-11, on Mondays and Tuesdays!
Coming in Spring 2021 two new pilot programs. WILD WEDNESDAYS will be our new preschool program in AIRDRIE! We will adventure, explore and learn in Nose Hill Regional Park. Dip our hands in the creek, play in the grasses and move throughout the natural parts of the park.
RANCHE RAMBLERS will be our Friday after school program for early dismissal day. Meander down to the Ranche and join us as we adventure, explore and learn. We will be guided by the interests and imagination of the participants and will also sneak in some more advanced bushcraft skills and environmental knowledge! 2020/2021 Schedule I: September 8 - November 5 II: November 10 - January 29 (Three week winter school break December 21-January 8) III: February 1 - April 1 (Session is now 8 weeks- no classes week of February 15-19) IV: April 12 - June 17 (Spring PILOTS will begin!)
Registration for 2021/2022 season is open! We have four terms. I: September 13 - November 12, 2021 II: November 15 - January 28, 2022 III: January 31 - April 8, 2022 IV: April 25 - June 24, 2022