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Natural Pathways Learning Centre is a not-for-profit group of individuals who support the vision and mission of Natural Pathways Forest and Nature Programs in Windsor and Essex County. We are supportive and dedicated Forest School practitioners, educators, mentors, naturalists, artists, crafts people, homeschool families, and community members who have come together to provide ongoing mentorship and idea-sharing to grow the movement of Forest and Nature programs in the Windsor and Essex County area. We hope to plant the seeds of curiosity and connection in our communities to provide exciting opportunities for families, educators, and schools to connect to nature. The Natural Pathways Learning Centre will contribute to a publication, Natural Wanderings, that will serve as a resource to educators, children and families. 

Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

  • Forest School takes place regularly, ideally at least every other week, with the same group of learners, over an extended period of time, if practicable encompassing the seasons.

  • A Forest School program has a structure which is based on the observations and collaborative work between learners and practitioners. This structure should clearly demonstrate progression of learning.

  • The initial sessions of any program establish physical and behavioural boundaries as well as making initial observations on which to base future program development.

Principle 1