Play, Adventure, and Explore!
Nestled among the trees, our Nature Programs set the stage for child-led exploration. At SCBGC, we wholeheartedly embrace the philosophy that children are natural learners and capable explorers. The great outdoors becomes the canvas for sparking wonder and igniting the imagination, offering curious minds and young adventurers the freedom to create and discover in a safe and supportive environment.
- Forest Friends (Ages 3-4): Introduce your little ones to the wonders of nature in a program designed specifically for young explorers.
- ReWild Your Child (Ages 4-6): Unleash the spirit of adventure in your child as they explore and connect with the natural world.
- Nature Discovery (Ages 5-11): Dive into a world of exploration and discovery, tailored for the growing curiosity of big kids.
Why Choose SCBGC Nature Programs?
- Child-Led Exploration: Our programs are crafted to let children take the lead in their exploration, fostering a love for learning through hands-on experiences.
- Natural Learning Environment: The great outdoors serves as our classroom, providing an ideal setting to spark wonder and creativity.
- Safe and Supportive: Rest easy knowing your child is in a secure environment, where our experienced facilitators ensure their well-being while encouraging independence.
Choose the perfect adventure for your child and let the journey into nature’s wonders begin. Enroll now to give your child the gift of exploration, imagination, and lifelong memories.
ReWild Your Child
At ReWild, children aged 4-6 are encouraged to take the lead in their activities. Our dedicated facilitators support unique interests and guide a diverse range of experiences through each season. Whether it’s observing insects in the grass, creating nature-inspired art, or embarking on imaginative outdoor storytelling, every day is an opportunity for exploration and growth.
The natural environment becomes a rich tapestry for whole child development. As children climb, jump, crawl and balance on natural elements, they develop physical strength, coordination, and spatial awareness. Social skills blossom as they collaborate on building projects or engage in group activities under the open sky. The sensory-rich outdoor setting enhances cognitive development, the ever-changing weather and seasons provide endless opportunities for learning and adaptation all while fostering a connection with the land.
ReWild runs September until June from 9am until 2pm. Parents and caregivers are responsible for drop off and pick up at either 3 Spruce Ave or Centennial Park. Transportation and before/after care are not provided. Programs take place on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, which makes it an excellent option for alternating with kindergarten schedules.
Registrations are welcome throughout the year, if spaces are available.
The cost is $250 per month and is eligible for the Government of Alberta Child Care Subsidy Program.
Although we much prefer being outdoors, when the temperature is colder than – 21 degrees including wind chill or the air quality is poor, we bring our adventures indoors at the 3 Spruce Ave location.
Children must be able to toilet independently without support.
In addition to standard holidays, there will be no programming Fall Break November 11-15, 2024, Winter Break December 23, 2024 – January 3, 2025 and Spring Break March 24 – 28, 2025.
Forest Friends immerses young learners ages 3-4 in the wonders of the natural world. Guided by their curiosity and interests, children engage in creative outdoor play, hands-on nature exploration, and collaborative learning experiences. Through gentle guidance, we empower children to develop a deep connection with nature, fostering their imagination, problem-solving skills, and social interactions. Our dedicated facilitators provide a safe and nurturing environment where children flourish, building a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and a strong bond with the environment.
Registrations are welcome at any time during sessions.
Forest Friends runs in three seasonal sessions: fall, winter and spring.
Wednesday & Friday morning classes are from 9 to 11 AM and cost $175 per month / $525 per season
Friday afternoon classes are from 12 to 2 PM and cost $125 per month / $375 per season
Registrations are welcome at any time during sessions.
Although we much prefer being outdoors at 3 Spruce Ave, when the air quality is poor or the temperature is colder than – 21 degrees including wind chill, we bring our adventures indoors.
Children must be able to toilet independently without support. If your child is working towards independence, please contact us to discuss some options in supporting your child in the program.
Spring 2024 Session: April 3rd for AM, April 5th for PM – June 21st
Fall 2024 Session: September 11th of AM, Sept 13th for PM – December 6th (no programs Nov 13 or 15)
Winter 2025 Session: January 10th for AM and PM – March 21st
Spring 2025 Session: April 2nd for AM, April 4th for PM – June 20th
Our Saturday morning child-led outdoor Nature Discovery program immerses children ages 5 – 11 in the wonders of the natural world. Guided by their curiosity and interests, children engage in creative outdoor play, hands-on nature exploration, and collaborative learning experiences. Through gentle guidance, we empower children to develop a deep connection with nature, fostering their imagination, problem-solving skills and social interactions. Our dedicated facilitators provide a safe and nurturing environment where children flourish, building a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and a strong bond with the environment. Big kids need outdoor play too!
Nature Discovery is a weather dependent program which runs from 10 am until 1230 pm for two or three week sessions at Centennial Park. Dates may need to be cancelled the morning of program in the case of inclement weather.
January & February Session: Jan 27th, Feb 3rd, Feb 10th Make up date: Feb 17th
February & March Session: Feb 24th, March 2nd, March 9th Make up date: March 16th
April Session: April 6th, 13th, 20th Make up date: April 27th
April & May Session: April 27th and May 4th 9:30-12:30 $75
Children need to bring a backpack with: two pairs of warm, waterproof winter mittens, a neck warmer, a tuque, one small easy to eat nut free snack and a water bottle. Winter jackets, boots and snow pants will need to be worn.
The bathrooms at Centennial Park are outhouses. If you child may be hesitant to use the “out bathrooms”, there are indoor bathrooms at a nearby Starbucks that you could use on your way to program.
The cost is $100 for the session and payment information will be sent out once the session in confirmed to be running.