Ridgewoods Outdoor Learning
RidgeWoods is a living forest school!
What do children do in it?
We fully immerse outside in the wilderness of RidgeWoods:
a) We play games, sing, laugh, inquire, read the world around us, do storytelling, and create story lines, walk, run, hike, and much more.
b) We discuss the transformation of the earth and what each season bring to us, keep a journal, and contemplate.
c) We do art, crafts, mold with clay, build teepees, towns, castles, and much more using mother nature gifts, we paint on canvas, dance, and have a drum circle.
d) We embrace the weather of the day: snow, wind, rain, sunshine, cloudy days or something in between and give thanks for what we have!
Sara Raeesi is the founder and director of Ridgewoods Outdoor Learning.
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 British Columbia and Ontario.
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 Outdoor Education. She trained in Nature Pedagogy in Denmark, Sweden and outdoor training in the UK. Sara has spent the past six years in the the beauty and wonder of this sacred land learning and developing Early Years wilderness retreats.
Retreat, Flow, & Heal in Nature ~ Experience the wilderness of the Carp Ridge
PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ASAP!
For questions, please contact Sara at email@example.com
DROP-OFF: 9:30 - 10:00am
PICK-UP: 3:00 - 3:15pm (Latest pick up is 3:15pm)
Early Birds: 9:00 - 9:30am
Owls: 3:15 - 3:30pm
(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 as per financial contract.
Ratio: One leader / 5 children each day
Open 12 months a year. Closed statutory holidays, inclement weather,
1 week in spring, 2 weeks in summer and 2 weeks for end-of -year holiday.
Nature Insiders 5.5 - 8 years of age
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Forest Preschool & Kinder Wild Garden, 3-5 years of age
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Woodland Flowers, 2.5 and 3.5 years of age and under
Babies in Nature program for mothers & infants
Youth leadership skills
Residential Studies for educators
Kinder Wild Garden Field Trips