FOREST SCHOOL

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! 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 during the day might include:

  • creating with clay, tinkering and other arts based skills

  • whittling

  • knot making

  • learning to use tools safely (knives, hammers, drills..)

  • exploring our forest, searching for bush tucker

  • group games

  • cubby/shelter building

  • storytelling

  • cooking food

  • climbing trees

  • learning about local fauna and flora

  • building fairy houses and bug hotels

  • replanting native flora

       and so much more...​

Outdoors all day, we follow a gentle, relaxed rhythm which includes time for free play, exploring, singing, making up stories, playing games that open up our senses, creating and tinkering with our hands, and even making our own toys!

Want to know more? Read about What is Forest School or check our journal to read about our adventures in nature!

MORE INFO & ENROLMENTS

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 Shire. 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, Thursday and Friday, 9:30am to 2:30pm. 9-weeks terms.

Cost:   $70 per session. Full term payable in advance. No refunds for missed sessions. Minimum commitment 3 weeks, non-refundable.

Casual classes offered upon availability.

What to bring: Children will need to pack water, a healthy lunch and a change of clothes. We offer a delicious afternoon snack made of fresh seasonal fruit, organic rice cakes with local honey and herbal teas (or the occasional hot chocolate!)

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FOREST KINDY​ - WEDNESDAY

TERM 3, 2021

14 JULY - 8 SEPTEMBER | 9:30AM - 2:30PM

For children aged 3-6 yrs

Welcome to a new kind of kindy.. a kindy without walls! 

Our weekly Forest School program gives children the opportunity to have quality, unstructured play time in nature. The seasons guide our rhythm as we explore a different theme each week based on what is happening around us in nature.

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FOREST KINDY - THURSDAY

- COMING SOON

For children 5 years and older

A program for school-aged children (5 yrs +). We explore ancient rainforest, coastal tracks, rock pools and nature reserves in the Ballina / Byron region.  Children are involved in local conservation projects, and develop skills in nature awareness, tools use, bush crafts and indigenous food knowledge through play and storytelling.

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FOREST KINDY - FRIDAY

TERM 3, 2021

16 JULY - 10 SEPTEMBER | 9:30AM - 2:30PM

For children aged 3-6 yrs

Welcome to a new kind of kindy.. a kindy without walls! 

Our weekly Forest School program gives children the opportunity to have quality, unstructured play time in nature. The seasons guide our rhythm as we explore a different theme each week based on what is happening around us in nature.