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.
Run Wild (Ages 6-9, 10-13)
“Run Wild” is what we call our after school programs, where we use use games, stories, ancient wilderness survival skills, naturalist studies and adventures to help foster deep and lifelong relationships between kids and nature while having a ton of fun. The participants often don’t even realize they are learning important life skills such as:
- Physical fitness and healthy living
- Awareness of surroundings
- Competence in the wilderness and emergency situations
- Respectful communication
- Self confidence
- Creativity and imaginative thinking
- Respect for self, each other, and the earth
We keep group sizes small to ensure quality mentoring time with all participants. We also believe in working with and encouraging the natural passions that all youth bring to the program, helping them develop their gifts in life.
Our programs are designed to offer unstructured play directed by nature’s ever changing mysteries blended with nature based activities.
Monday: Co-ed ages 6-9
Tuesday: Girls Run Wild ages 6-9 and Boys Run Wild ages 6-9
Wednesday: Girls Run Wild ages 9-12 and Boys Run Wild ages 9-12
Content may include, but is not limited to:
- Processing Fall Wild Foods
- Nature Awareness and Animal Movement
- Wildlife & Human Tracking
- Lots of Games
- All Weather Fire Lighting
- Friction Fires (Bow & Hand Drill)
- Bushcraft & Emergency Survival Techniques
- And more!
Winter Session 2017: January 9th – March 10th, 2017
Spring Session 2017: April 3rd – June 9th, 2017
King’s Mill Park in the Humber Valley
|6 – 9||(Co-ed)4:15pm – 6:15pm||(Girls/Boys)4:15pm – 6:15pm|
|10 – 13||(Girls/Boys)4:15pm – 6:15pm|
The year-round cost is $720, although we do have payment plans.
*Please note that the cost covers one program per week.*
Bursaries are an available option through the Best Day Ever Fund.
Fall Pre-registration (for those who were registered for the previous Spring session only):
Monday August 8th – Wednesday August 17th, 2016
Wednesday August 17th, 2016 and onward. Spaces are very limited so please register a.s.a.p. to reserve your spot.