• CAD $715.00 – per semester

Date & Time Details: Wednesdays 8:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre

Address: 1 Bethel Road, Paris, ON N3L 3E3

Five Oaks

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GROWE Outdoor School – Fall 2019 – Acorn

With Tara Carpenter, Andrea King and Laurel Grieve

September 18 - December 18, 2019

Enrol now in GROWE Outdoor School coming this September to Brant County.  Acorns are for 3-6 year olds.

We live in an information rich and connection poor society. Children are consuming information without generating curiosity for learning and connections to themselves, community and nature. The current school system is concentrating on subject curriculum and not attribute curriculum. Outdoor knowledge was once an important part of our everyday living, but has now been misplaced through the generations from lack of education and nature connection. There is a need in our community to add nature connection opportunities to the children’s lives of today. It takes a village to raise a child. Starting this fall GROWE will be offering nature immersion, attribute curriculum children’s programs. The programs will encompass a wide assortment of experiential and inquiry playbased learning. I am encouraging families to enroll their children in our outdoor nature based school days that will get your wild ones outside, active as well as generate their curiosity and connection to nature. By offering forest school outdoor educational programming, we are encouraging children and their families to get outside and learn what nature has to offer.

Acorns: 3-6 year old

Wednesdays 8:30am – 4:00pm

1:6 leader to child ratio

Children in Acorns level Outdoor School are given the opportunity to interact with nature through creative free-play, campfires, sit spots, nature stories and songs, den building, natureinspired crafts, gardening, and the introductory of identifying flora and fauna. Our focus will foster inquisitive minds in hopes to continue their learning beyond the outdoor classroom. Studies show that if children of this age are outside for long periods during all weather they will have a high level of agility, self-sufficiency, self confidence, common sense, compassion and reverence.

Registration and Payment DUE by Friday, August 30th 2019. Spaces are limited! First Semester will start Wednesday, September 18th and end on Wednesday, December 18th. Children must be potty trained and be 3 years old at the start of the semester. For this first semester of GROWE Outdoor School registration will be for a  Semester $715

Check out more at our GROWE website.

For the older youth program, click here -> Eagle



Tara Carpenter
Tara Carpenter has had a love of nature and the outdoors from an early age, thanks to growing up on a Norfolk County farm and regularly engaging in wilderness camping trips with her family as a child.  Travelling many parts of the world for 17 years expanded Tara’s knowledge of the natural world and her love for this earth, we call home.  The most memorable experience of her travels was being a deckhand on a sailing ship exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia for 6 years. Now being a mother to a very active, creative, and outdoor loving 7…
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Andrea King
Andrea King is an Aniishinaabe outdoor therapeutic recreationist who is a strong believer in connecting people to nature as a way to bridge our interconnection to self, others and creation. Andrea brings over 20 years of experience in the field of Therapeutic Recreation and 40+ years as an outdoor adventurer and enthusiast. As the Community Sports & Recreation Coordinator within her community of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Andrea developed and facilitated a diversified program to activate children through to elders with an emphasis on activation through a variety of modalities including; sports and games, indigenous art, contemporary…
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Laurel Grieve
Laurel Grieve is an outdoor educator, wilderness guide and community member from Paris ON who has always been passionate about nature. She endeavors to feel at home in nature – that is, to embrace the weather, the biting insects, the mud along with the sunshine and flowers. Her hope is that others, through her work will respect and cherish nature too. As a volunteer and professional, Laurel has a lifetime of experience with children. She loves sharing the wonder of life under a log or the joy of a bird’s song. Working with children in nature is truly a blessing…
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