Forest School Practitioner’s Course (October 2018)

Are you interested in working with children in nature?

This is a 5-day Forest and Nature School Course taking place in Revelstoke, BC. This course is in partnership with Flexpeditions.

The course will give educators the theoretical and practical tools they need to safely and effectively establish and run Forest and Nature School programs.

Themes to be covered include the theoretical underpinnings of FNS, practical skills, and establishment and delivery. There is a strong emphasis in this course on self-directed, experiential, and inquiry-driven outdoor learning.

Course Details

Dates: October 25-29th 2018 (5 days)

Cost: $1500 (includes meals)

Location: Mulvehill Wilderness Inn, Revelstoke, BC

Accommodation: Not included in the price, but Mulvehill Wilderness Inn has rooms and camping for $25/person/night. The city of Revelstoke is a 20-minute drive away if you would prefer to stay in the city.

How to register & more info: Please click here

Registration opens on June 15th, 2018 at 12:00pm EST/9:00am PST.  


What's Included:

  • 5 day intensive in-person course with a team of experienced facilitators
  • introduction to both regional and national communities of practice
  • 1 year of online support
  • all meals and snacks during course hours
  • resource kit

What to Expect

The course includes an intensive, in-person portion (either 5 consecutive days or 3 weekends) where all educators come together to facilitate the formation of a community of practice. The in-person part of the course is physically and mentally engaging, and is meant to be a transformative and immersive nature-based experience.

Following the in-person part of the course, educators return home to launch into course work, which includes self-directed reading, completing assignments, and delivering six practice Forest and Nature School sessions to a student group. During this time, educators will be assessed to ensure they are meeting all course assessment criteria and following best practices in the Forest and Nature School field.

All course work after (or in between, in the “modular” format) the in-person portion of the course is done on an online educational platform, so a proficiency in using the internet and basic computer skills are helpful. To complete the course, educators should plan to commit 3-5 hours per week to read, write, engage online with other educators, and to complete course work.

The course begins with a 5-day (or three weekend ‘Modular’) in person portion before launching into a one-year independent study which includes submission of assignments (10) and a 6-session self-directed practicum.

About Forest School Canada

Forest School Canada is the flagship educational project of the Child and Nature Alliance. We provide evidence-based, practical, and inspiring professional learning opportunities for everyone interested in supporting the healthy development of children through play and learning outside. 

Accommodation: Mulvehill Wilderness Inn

The course is being held at Mulvehill Wilderness Inn, which offers rooms and camping.

Mulvehill is located 20-minutes south of Revelstoke, BC on Highway 23 South.

Camping is $25 per person per night.

Please click here for other accommodation options in the city of Revelstoke.

Please note that accommodation is not included in the course price.