At Big Scrub Forest School we believe in nurturing children and giving them the time and opportunity to lead their own play and learning experiences. We see our roles as long-term mentors as opposed to deliverers of a curriculum. We are guided by nature's seasons and rhythms and we plan each session based on the children's interests and needs.
Our days at Forest School are always filled with fun, mud, music, discoveries, stories, bush craft and best of all, amazing friendships! If this sounds like fun, join our little tribe of nature explorers!
A TYPICAL DAY AT BIG SCRUB FOREST SCHOOL
No two days are the same at Forest School! Why? Because children are able to direct their own play, learning and exploration. This is however what we see a 'typical day' to be as it engages and supports the children in their emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development.
The children arrive at our meeting point to gather as a community before we journey to our 'base camp'. We start the day with a yarning circle to welcome everyone, and acknowledge the Earth, the animals, the plants and the people who walked on this land before us.
Some of the activities on offer might include:
creating with clay, tinkering and other arts based skills
learning to use tools safely (knives, hammers, drills..)
exploring the environment
learning about local fauna and flora, identifying bush tucker
building fairy houses
replanting native flora
and so much more...
These practices are shown to develop independence, resilience, patience, team building, cognitive and emotional skills as well as foster curiosity, creativity and sustainable living practises.
After lunch the children may wish to rest so a designated area will be set up under the trees for resting, story time or quiet play. Once we return to our meeting point the children have a choice of working on their nature journals. We also share and discuss what we discovered during our day of adventures and talk about what we may wish to do on the next Forest School day.
Our Forest School is based in Tintenbar, NSW. This is where we spend most of our time, although we also regularly visit nature reserves within the Ballina and Byron Shires. This is both to minimise our ecological impact and to expose children to the rich biodiversity of the Northern Rivers NSW region.
Oh, did we mention that we are all-weather kind of folks? So yes, we will still head out even if it's cold and wet. Nature is no less magical, there is just a different kind of magic happening. And it’s worth giving a shot.
There’s a wonderful Norwegian saying – “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!” which translates to “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!”, and we wholeheartedly agree!
Forest School will only be cancelled in case of extreme weather.
When - Wednesday & Friday during school term, 9:30am to 1:30pm.
Cost - $50 / week, $40 for siblings payable in advance for the term.
Casual classes offered upon availability.