Nature Kindergarten: a first in B.C.

September 26, 2012
Nature Kindergarten

School District 62 news release.

Colwood – At nearly one month into the school year, students and guests gathered at Sangster Elementary today to celebrate the official launch of the provinces’ first Nature Kindergarten program.

“We know that students learn in many different ways,” says Wendy Hobbs, SD62 Board Chair. “Nature Kindergarten is a perfect example of how students can experience positive social and emotional learning- both in and out of the traditional classroom.”

Modeled after European forest schools, the SD62 pilot project takes place at Sangster Elementary. Using the forests and lands of neighbouring Royal Roads University, the students spend the mornings outside rain or shine learning Kindergarten curriculum in the forests and among wildlife.

“Sharing our beautiful National Historic site with School District 62 and the children in the pilot Nature Kindergarten program is an important component of our unique educational mandate,” says Dr. Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University. “We believe strongly in working with our local communities to collaboratively learn and help bring positive change.”

In February, parents camped out for the chance at landing their child into one of 22 places available in the provinces’ first Nature Kindergarten program.

Visit the Nature Kindergarten website to learn more online.

For programs and information, visit Royal Roads University online.