Forest School Practitioner’s Course

Flexpeditions would like to extend a special thank you to the Child Nature Alliance of Canada and Forest and Nature School Canada for putting on such an incredible course.

We were thrilled to host and sponsor the course here in Revelstoke with 25 amazing instructors from all across Canada and the USA sharing their passion for learning with students in the outdoors. 

We are working towards bringing an incredible Forest & Nature School program herein Revelstoke, B.C. We will be having a Forest & Nature Family Weekend August 17/18 by donation to come sample some of the joys of learning outdoors!

What the Course Entailed

The course was a 5-day Forest and Nature School Course that took place in Revelstoke, BC. The course is both hosted and sponsored by Flexpeditions and taught by the Child Nature Alliance of Canada.

The course gave educators the theoretical and practical tools they needed 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.

 

What to Expect from the Course

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.