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BALL’S FALLS NATURE SCHOOL

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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!

2021 Nature School Details (Full-Day Full-Time & Full Day Part Time options available)

Who: Students from SK-Grade 2 who are not involved in any other in-person learning. 

When: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., extended care available 8-9 a.m. & 3-4 p.m.
            Minimum of 3 month committment for Full-Time and Part-Time students (1-4 days/week). 

Where: The Arboretum at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

For more information:
natureschool@npca.ca or 905-788-3135 ext. 326




FEES

Spring Session

  • $200 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration for both Full and Part Time Nature School
  • $1000/student/month for Full Time Nature School, 10% discount given to the second child when registering two or more students
  • Price for Part Time Nature School is subject to number of days registered

Winter Session- TBA 2021-2022

  • $200 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration for Full Time Nature School
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration for Part Time Nature School
  • Price will be pro-rated to reflect amount of time remaining in winter session
  • 10% discount given to the second child when registering two or more students in Full Day, Full Time Nature School (5 days/week)
full day nature school program sessions

SPRING SESSION- APR 5 TO JUNE 25

Our students will see the forest as it awakens from a long winter’s nap. As our habitats thaw, we will discover who will make the first appearances and begin a new set of life cycles. Our students will also discover the needs of plants and watch as they grow throughout the season, and even see if they have a green thumb of their own!

WINTER SESSION- TBD 2021-2022

Our Nature School students will discover the wonders of the season. Through our forest play and exploration, we will also discover which animals have decided to stick around in the winter through looking at the clues they leave behind.

Whether they are learning about snow science, making winter crafts or participating in winter activities like snowshoeing, every day will be a new adventure!

HALF-DAY NATURE SCHOOL PROGRAM SESSIONS 

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

This half-day, alternative outdoor education program is filled with Ontario curriculum-based activities, designed to meet the learning abilities and individual needs of students. Led by OCT certified teachers, Nature School students will have countless of opportunities to explore nature and discover the environment that surrounds them with guided nature hikes, inclusive outdoor and indoor games, science experiments, craft, and more.

Let your kids spend their days in nature!

2021 Half Day Nature School Details:

  • Who: Students ages 5 to 11
  • When: Tuesday afternoons only. Subject to change with the potential of more dates for spring session.
  • Where: The Centre for Conservation, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

For more information:
natureschool@npca.ca or 905-788-3135 ext. 326

half day program options & registration info 

HALF-DAY DROP IN NATURE SCHOOL (6 WEEK COMMITMENT)

Students can drop in for an afternoon of child-led and inquiry-based exploration and play through our many trails and our brand-new Forest Playscape. Students will be able to interact with nature and spend time learning and exploring in a COVID-friendly outdoor environment.

Currently availability for Tuesday afternoons only. Subject to change with the potential of more dates for spring session.

Cost: $25/day/student. Payment completed in full at time of registration.