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Ball’s Falls Nature School

 

Is your child a lover of nature or an avid explorer of the great outdoors? Ball’s Falls Nature School welcomes their curiosity as we bring education out into the wilderness!

Our Ball's Falls Nature School provides an opportunity for students to connect with nature, developing a sense of place and self, while building confidence and engaging in outdoor experiences daily. The full day program provides students with specialized small-group curriculum-based lessons in math, reading, writing, science, social science and art – all in an outdoor setting led by OCT-certified educators.

Students will continue to build their literacy, numeracy, inquiry and social skills, where learning is based on environmental, sustainable, and conservation principles. Our afternoons are spent exploring the trails, scenes and forests of Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, and engaging in child-led, inquiry-based learning within the new Ball’s Falls Forest Playscape – a safe place for students to play, learn, socialize and be creative within the Carolinian Forest.

Students will spend their days in the fresh-air of the Niagara Escarpment, and will get to see the changes and discoveries that come with the seasons in Niagara. With so much time in the great outdoors learning, playing and engaging with nature – this program brings out the best in students and allows for development and opportunities to learn in all new ways. Some students call our program ‘Recess everyday!” because some of the best times we spend learning, are spent outdoors.

At Ball’s Falls, our Nature School program is founded on the idea that the natural environment is one of the best places to learn and grow. Download our poster on the right!

Who: Students ages 4-11 as of September 2021
When: Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., extended care 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Where: The Arboretum at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

What: A full day supplementary education program. Mornings are filled with Ontario curriculum-based activities led by OCT certified teachers which are catered to the learning abilities and individual needs of the students. Afternoons are a time for child-led and inquiry-based exploration and play through our many trails and our brand-new Forest Playscape.

Cost: $55/student +administration fee per day

Extended care: $10/day/family

A 50% non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit is taken at time of registration. The remainder of the payment will take place halfway through the session.

A 10% discount is given when registering for both sessions at the same time

For more information: natureschool@npca.ca or 905-788-3135 ext. 322

SESSION 1: BACK TO SCHOOL BUDDIES- SEPTEMBER

Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning September 14th

Session ends October 28th (7 weeks)

Option for single day registration or 2 days/week

In our first session of the school year, we welcome our students back to nature school! In this session, students will discover what it takes to be a good friend to their peers, as well as to nature.

Literacy, math, art, and science will all be explored as we get acquainted with our school site, the forest and each other!

SESSION 2: FALL FOREST EXPLORERS- NOVEMBER

Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning November 2nd

Session ends December 23rd (8 weeks)

Option for single day registration or 2 days/week

In our second session, our students will have the opportunity to explore the forest during one of the most magical seasons of the year-FALL!

As we play and learn, we will get to observe all of the changes taking place around us.

Our students will build on their skills in literacy, math, art, and science as well as their confidence in the outdoors!

SESSION 3: WINTER WONDERS- JANUARY 2022

Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning January 18th

Session ends February 23rd (6 weeks)

Option for single day registration or 2 days/week

In our first session of 2022, our students will be welcomed with a new year and a new season! In this session, students will discover the wonders of the winter season. From studying animal tracks, to learning the science of ice and snow, and even possibly a snowshoeing adventure, this session will be full of new discoveries.

On Tuesdays, our learning will focus on math and science and on Wednesdays we will focus on literacy and art. Get ready to bundle up for a great session of fun!

SESSION 4: STEP INTO SPRING- MARCH 2022

Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 1st

Session ends April 27th (8 weeks, no Nature School on March 15th and 16th due to March Break)

Option for single day registration or 2 days/week

In this session we will get to observe the forest around us awaken as it begins to thaw! The warming days lead to many new discoveries as nature begins to flourish. Our students will learn about which spring plants are the first to appear; how melting of snow changes our creek and waterfalls; and how to start planning a garden. There will be lots to learn!

On Tuesdays, our learning will focus on math and science and on Wednesdays we will focus on literacy and art. Get ready to gear up like a puddle duck for a wet and wild session!