Ridgewoods Outdoor Programs

Ridgewoods offers outdoor and wilderness educational experiences for early and middle years here at the same site of Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre and Learning Centre but we are an independent enterprise.

Sara Raeesi is the founder and director of Ridgewoods Outdoor Programs.

Sara is committed to diversity and equity with a passion for nature, travelling, and lifelong professional learning and growth. She is a mentor, facilitator, and a pedagogue with over twenty-five years of experience working with children, families and educators in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Among other experiences, her professional portfolio includes educational consultation and teaching in post-secondary learning environments in Vancouver and Ottawa.

Sara has a degree in Education Science, a BA in Childhood Studies (RECE), and is working towards her Masters in Education in Human Ecology & Everyday Life. Sara has training in wilderness survival and holds certificates in Early Childhood Music Education and Nature Pedagogy and Outdoor Education. She has trained in Denmark, Sweden and the UK. Sara has spent the past four years in the wilderness of Carp Ridge learning from the beauty and wonder of this sacred land!

Learn, Play, & Heal in Nature ~ Outdoor wilderness experiences
for children in their early and middle years


For questions, please contact Sara at enquiries@discover-ridgewoods.com

Website: www.discover-ridgewoods.com (coming soon)

DROP-OFF: 9:15 - 9:30am
PICK-UP: 3:15 - 3:30pm (Latest pick up is 3:30pm)
Early Birds: 8 - 9:30am
Owls: 3:30 - 5pm
(Extra fee for early drop-off & late pick-up. Please enquire)

Children need to bring lunch, water & seasonal gear for all programs.

Payment is due the first day of each month -- payment also includes 2 healthy snacks every day.

Ratio: One leader /5 children each day

Open 12 months a year. Closed statutory holidays, inclement weather,
2 weeks in summer and 2 weeks for end-of -year holiday.

After-School Nature Insiders, 5-6 years of age
Saturdays: 10am - 3pm
Bring lunch, snacks & water. For children 7-12 years, please enquire.

Wilderness Preschool & Kinder Wild Garden, 3-5 years of age
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Woodland Flowers, 3 years of age and under

Babies in Nature program for mothers & infants

Nature Experience Birthday Parties with varios nature themes

New Programs coming soon!

Saturday Parent-Youth Bushcraft Club, led by Chad Clifford

Questions: Email info@wildernessrhythms.com or call Chad at 613-259-0249.

In continuation from the success with the Wilderness Homeschool Program, a new program will now be offered. The two main differences (improvements) will be that it now involves parent(s) and will be on Saturdays.

Who: Led by Chad Clifford (survival, bushcraft & nature lore expert, certified teacher). Chad has trained under numerous well known experts (including Tom Brown Jr) and has taught outdoor skills across Canada, in the Arctic, and at public schools, Colleges & Universities, his business', and in a BBC's survival series.

What: From primitive shelters and wilderness living skills, useful plants, knots, traditional fire starting methods, nature awareness, lost-proofing, animal tracks, to capturing the sights and sounds of wildlife with trail cams and soundscape recording gear. E-mail or see Chad's website for a better understanding of these skills.

When: Every Saturday from 10am to 3pm 8-week program.

Where: on-site at Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre, 2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway

Why: Parents will be able to aid youth in practicing lessons and vice-versa at times. These skills are unique and focus on learning how the woods can supply tools and many other needs. These are the skills that 'belong' in the woods. Saturdays open the program to more parents and other families.

Cost: $500 per parent-youth pair (add $100 for each additional son/daughter or spouse). Missed days not refunded. If you wish to register for only a few days, let me know so we can work out a fair fee.

Register: Please e-mail or call to confirm your participation.

NOTE: While pre-payment/registering is not mandatory, a waiver and medical form need to be filled out (arrive early or call ahead). Also, I need a minimum number to run the program so down-payments are appreciated.