Oaks and Acorns

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The p.i.n.e. project offers nature based programs that provide long-term mentoring experiences for children and youth in their home environment. These programs are almost entirely spent outside, only using indoor space for the most inclement weather, or for specific projects. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

A growing body of research is emphatically stating that children are happier, healthier, and developmentally superior (they learn better, quicker, retain more, and are more relaxed) when they spend consistent time in nature. We’ve seen the strongest, most resilient children develop when consistently exposed to nature and strong mentoring from a young age.

We integrate parents and siblings into the experience, with opening and closing circles, storytelling, and celebrations at important times of the year for our participants.

Oaks and Acorns (Parent & Child, Ages 0-4)

Our Oaks and Acorns program is designed to help parents learn more about creating meaningful experiences in nature with children, and a strong “culture” of nature connection around their kids and families. In this program, parents develop their mentoring skills, learn about the natural world, share celebrations of children’s growth, and connect with a growing community steeped in nature connection. Parents get to learn about how we do what we do.

This program uses the Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature as a resource for parents to take home (it’s included with the first time you register for the class, a $40 value!). We work through it’s chapters together to bring alive the amazing content of our favourite resource.

Content includes:

  • Storytelling and songs
  • An introduction to what is known as “cultural mentoring”
  • Learning how to create more nature connection in your home and day to day life
  • Adventures, wandering, and tracking wildlife (following animals to learn about their lives!)
  • Wild edibles, medicinals, and hazard plants (identification and uses)
  • Stewardship and taking care of the land
  • Nature based crafting and an introduction to various wilderness skills
  • Much more!

Dates:

All of our Community Outdoor School programs are year-round programs from September to June.
Fall Session 2016:  October 3rd – December 9th, 2016
Winter Session 2017: January 9th – March 10th, 2017
Spring Session 2017: April 3rd – June 9th, 2017

Locations & Times:

Location Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Kings Mill 9:30am – 11:30am
Taylor Massey Creek 9:30am – 11:30am

Cost:

The year-round cost is $840, although payment plans are available.

*Please note that the cost covers one program per week.*

Bursaries are an available option through the Best Day Ever Fund.

Registration

Fall Pre-registration (for those who were registered for the previous Spring session only):

Monday August 8th – Wednesday August 17th, 2016

Open Registration:

Wednesday August 17th, 2016 and onward. Spaces are very limited so please register a.s.a.p. to reserve your spot.