A place to discover, connect and grow in Nova Scotia!
Forest School is a long-term nature connection process that centres the child-at-play in a natural setting. Sessions take place on a regular and repeating basis, in the same outdoor space, over an extended period of time. Forest School focuses on small child-to-adult ratios, using loose, natural materials to support children in developing a reciprocal relationship with their outdoor space.
Developing a relationship with an outdoor space has both long and short-term benefits for children including an increase in self-esteem, physical health and resilience as well as compassion, respect and awe for the natural world. The relationship we seek to build is reciprocal, so the benefits of Forest School become benefits for the Land as well! We aim to have a global impact by inspiring and encouraging a generation of land-stewards, scientists, activists, artists, and thinkers.
We are in Mi'kma'ki
The Truro Forest School operates in Mi'kma'ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq. We believe a holistic connection with nature must include a strong relationship with local Indigenous communities because we cannot do Forest School without including the voices of those who have been here, learning and teaching on the Land, since time immemorial.
Our programs aim to incorporate Mi'kmaw ways of knowing as well as learner experiences facilitated by Mi'kmaw leaders.
"A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement"
What people are saying..
“Those lucky kids. Can you imagine when you were a kid being allowed to run around the woods with other kids in a safe, controlled setting with freedom to play and explore?”
Don Cameron, Registered Forester