Nature’s Classroom without Walls
The mission of Norfolk Forest School is to foster rich learning experiences through nature connections for children in the early years. We believe that children not only need, but deserve nature in their everyday lives. We strive to create an environment where children are free to be children, exploring the world around them through wonder and inquiry, all the while building strong and healthy relationships with themselves, their peers, and the natural world.
Guiding Philosophy and Core Values
The philosophy that guides the Norfolk Forest School is that children are extremely curious and playful by nature, and capable of co-constructing their own learning environment while immersed in the outdoors. Through daily opportunities and hands-on experiences to connect with the natural world, children ask questions, and guide their own discovery alongside a caring and dedicated educator. Relationships are at the core of our program, including the relationships we develop with children, their families, the community, and our environment.
At the Norfolk Forest School we value learning that is play-based, place-based, and inquiry-based. Children are innately inquisitive and curious, and ask questions to gather thoughts and ideas, so they can make sense of the world around them. From wondering, to questioning and then exploration, children guide their own learning and discovery, initiated by their self-directed interests. Emergent learning allows for the co-constructing of curriculum which is intentional and meaningful for both the child and educator.
Registrations Are Now Open for all Fall 2019 Sessions
Here are our age groupings and available dates:
Ryerson Camp (near Normandale)
- Ages 3 to 6. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
- Ages 6 to 12 (homeschooled). Mondays.
Circus in the Trees (near Scotland)
- Ages 6 to 10 (homeschooled). Tuesdays.
- Ages 11 to 14 (homeschooled). Fridays.
To register please to download our registration form, fill it out, and mail it to:
P.O. Box 995
Simcoe, ON N3Y 5B3