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“Coyote Nature School is by far the best nature school we've found. And we've attended 3 previously! The care from the leaders is evident each day with weekly emails sharing what the day's plan is, to a blog that captures what was learned and what I can ask my child as a way to invoke conversation about her day at nature school. My child counts down the days until her weekly attendance at Coyote Nature School and always comes back lit up with stories to tell. She always had a favourite part of the day to share and even made a rather special ‘tree friend’ that she feels she can share her secrets with. This is a school that fosters nature connection, play and learning all together - I highly recommend it!”

Donna Wilding, Parent

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Acorns & Oaks Program

for children 18 months to 4 years with parent/caregiver

Stoneridge Farm | Mondays 9:30 am - 11:00 am - FULL (register for waitlist)

Nature Mentors | Denise and Gail (see The Team)

Spring Session: April 15 - June 102024 (except May 20) - 8 weeks

Harrington | Tuesdays | 9:30 am - 11:00 am - FULL (register for waitlist)

Nature Mentors | Denise (see Team)

Spring Session: April 16 - June 42024 - 8 weeks

Stoneridge Farm | Mondays 9:30 am - 11:00 am - registration opens May 1, 2024

Fall Session: Sept - Nov 2024

Connect alongside your child to the wonders of nature. Acorns & Oaks immerses children with their parents/caregiver in an active outdoor experience in a beautiful setting. Wander the forest pathways, tune in your deer ears, dog nose, and raccoon hands as we watch the season change and hidden colours emerge. Find out what plants and animals are living close by and connect with them through ‘hands on’ learning. Each visit includes imaginative play, stories, hiking, roleplay, and nature activities. Collaborative ‘art’ by building, creating, and pretending using natural materials are part of each visit. Enjoy being present as your child exercises their creativity, curiosity, and wonder in the natural world. Grow your own nature literacy skills so you can reconnnect your family with the natural world. 

Each day will be highlighted through a blog post to help families support the learning through conversations at home. 

 

All Sessions *caregiver required to directly supervise children - max. 2 children per adult

 

Acorns & Oaks Program Costs $200 (includes HST) per child for 8 visits

A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold a spot. Send program fees by e-transfer to coyotenatureschool@gmail.com. Include your child's full name, program and location.

Please contact us directly if your child requires any special supports or accommodations in order to participate fully. (519) 852-1842 

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Turtle Program (4-10 years)

Full Day / Full Year Program (32 weeks)

Registration is open now

Start Date: September, 2024

End Date: June, 2025 

Harrington | Tuesdays | 9:00am - 3:00pm

Nature Mentor | Denise (see The Team) 

We are the turtles, exploring life around the pond using all our senses. Around water is where we love to be, but we are adaptable and happy foraging or resting in the sun. Although we are independent and can go solo, we cooperate well together and care about our group. 

 

These are the attributes we will foster in the Turtles program. Children spend most of the time outdoors exploring and discovering all the wonders around them in this unique wetland space. Building strong bonds with others through wandering, fun play and creative learning is our focus. 

 

Turtle Program

The Harrington Village and beautiful Mill Pond is the ideal location to explore diversity and change. Turtle groups are kept small in size (8-10) with Denise Iszczuk directly facilitating each session. Our ratio is 1 adult: 5 children, providing ideal guidance and support. Children arrive at Harrington Hall for check-in to ensure everyone is feeling comfortable and dressed appropriately for the weather. We head out for our afternoon activities which may include a snack time on a blanket, log circle, or picnic tables. Explorations focus on discovering how seasonal changes affect our local animals and plants, mapping, experimenting, building habitats, and role-playing predator/prey relationships. Children will be given opportunities for quiet reflection using guided questions, drawing and writing. We may gather in the historic grist mill, the perfect place for quiet stories, sketching, or art. Each day will be highlighted through a blog post to help parents support the learning through conversations at home. 

Full Day

9:00      Arrival at Harrington Hall and welcome

9:15       Opening circle, story of the day

9:45       Hike, snack time & morning discovery 

11:30      Lunch at the pond, Mill, or Hall (weather dependent)

12:30     Wonder-wander time & sit spot reflection

1:00       Afternoon discovery 

2:15       Reflective activities, songs, closing

3:00       Pick up 

Turtle Full Day Full Year Program Costs  $1,760 for 32 weeks includes HST

A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to hold a spot. Send program fees by e-transfer to coyotenatureschool@gmail.com. Include your child's full name, program and location.

 

Please contact us directly if your child requires any special supports or accommodations in order to participate fully. (519) 852-1842 

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Chickadees  (4 years and up) - FULL (register for waitlist)

Full Day / Full Year Program (32 weeks)

Registration is open now

Start Date: September, 2024

End Date: June 2025

Stoneridge Farm | Wednesdays | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nature Mentors | Kendra, Denise, Kim & Gord (see The Team)

We are the Chickadees, inquisitive, resourceful and brave. Woodland areas are where we love to be, keeping active even during cold snowy months. Our energy is positive, we are friendly and trusting, coming to perch on wooly hats and hands in a bold search for sunflower seeds.  

 

These are the attributes we will foster in the Chickadee Program. Children spend most of their day outdoors exploring and discovering all the wonders around them in this unique wetland space. Building strong bonds with others through wander, fun play and creative learning is our focus. 

 

Chickadee Program

Stoneridge Farm just north of St Marys is an idyllic location for your child to actively learn and explore in a diverse, yet safe natural setting. Chickadee groups are kept small in size (10-12) with responsive mentorship meeting the children where they are at. Our ratio is 1 adult: 6 children, providing ideal guidance and support. Stoneridge Farm offers a beautiful setting with a wealth of natural diversity. The winding trail along the creek is home to many species of animals, plants and trees. There is so much to explore just over the bridge and through the whispering pines. On those wintry days we can eat lunch around the campfire and bird watch at the backyard feeders. For quieter reflection, journaling or art we may sneak into the heritage barn, a perfect place to gather and chat about our day. Each day will be highlighted through a blog post to help parents support the learning through conversations at home. 

 

Full Day

9:00      Arrival at Stoneridge Farm and welcome

9:15       Opening circle, story of the day

9:30      Walk, snack time & morning discovery learning program

11:30      Lunch at the creek, barn, or sheltered spot (weather dependent)

12:30     Wonder-wander time & sit spot reflection

1:00       Afternoon discovery learning program

2:15       Story of the day, children share and plan for next visit, closing song and saying

3:00      Pick up 

Chickadee Program Costs$55/day includes HST $1,760 for full year (3 payment installment options)

A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to hold a spot. Send by e-transfer to coyotenatureschool@gmail.com. Include your child's full name, program and location.

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Herons (5 years and up) 

Full Day / Full Year Program (32 weeks)

Registration for 2024/25 program open now.

Start Date: September 2024

End Date: June 2025

 

Harrington | Fridays | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nature Mentors: Kendra, Denise, Tammy & Gord (see The Team)

We are the Herons, observant, calm, and self reliant. Wetlands are our favoured habitat, we wade and watch, taking note of small movements and sounds. We are attentive, wise, soaring to find the perfect place to use our skills. Community is important, we share and find belonging in the flock.

 

These are the attributes fostered in the Herons program while exploring the unique habitat of the wetland and forest spaces. Herons will hone their senses through ‘hands on’ collaborative learning, sharing knowledge, questioning and making connections. 

 

Herons Program

The Harrington Village and beautiful Mill Pond is the ideal location to explore diversity and change. Heron groups are kept small in size (10-14) with responsive mentorship meeting children where they are at. Our ratio is 1 adult: 6 children, providing ideal guidance and support. Children arrive at Harrington Hall for check-in to ensure everyone is feeling comfortable and dressed appropriately for the weather. We head out for our morning activities, snack, and wonder-wander time. Lunch may be on a blanket, log circle or picnic areas. Active afternoon explorations focus on discovering more about seasonal change in animals and plants, mapping, experimenting, building habitats, role-playing predator/prey relationships and reflecting at our sit spots. We may gather in the historic grist mill, the perfect place for quiet stories, sketching, or adding to our nature journals. Connecting with community members, artisans, crafters, writers and nature experts is a part of our year-long journey. Each day will be highlighted through a blog post to help parents support the learning through conversations at home. 

Full Day

9:00      Arrival at Harrington Hall and welcome

9:15       Opening circle, story of the day

9:45       Hike, snack time & morning discovery 

11:00      Library visit, story-time and craft

11:30      Lunch at the pond, Mill, or Hall (weather dependent)

12:30     Wonder-wander time & sit spot reflection

1:00       Afternoon discovery 

2:15       Reflective activities, songs, closing

3:00       Pick up 

Heron Program Costs: $55/day includes HST $1,760 for full year (seasonal payment options)

A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to hold a spot. Send program fees by e-transfer to coyotenatureschool@gmail.com. Include your child's full name, program and location.

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