The Nature School at Claireville

THE NATURE SCHOOL at Claireville

The Nature School at Claireville takes place primarily outside on Claireville Conservation Area’s 848-hectares property, with access to a wide variety of natural ecosystems and accessible trails.

Students will have use of the Claireville Education Centre, which includes a private indoor learning space in case of inclement weather.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

PRESCHOOL

LITTLE SAPLINGS PARENT & TOT PROGRAM

PA DAY CAMPS

MARCH BREAK CAMP

MEET OUR STAFF

Primary School

Our primary school program is for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3.

Students are placed in a multi-age grade: an approach to education in which students are treated as individuals and their skills are built from the starting point of where they are at, rather than what grade they are in.

The Primary Program at Claireville is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

primary student takes part in Nature School program at Claireville Conservation Area

TUITION FEES

1 Day per Week, Sept to June: $2,800
2 Days per Week, Sept to June: $5,600
3 Days per Week, Sept to June: $8,400

 

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is NOW OPEN.
Please contact Visitor Services at (416) 667-6295 ext. 3 or email vservices@trca.ca to find out how to apply.

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Jasmine Green at jasmine.green@trca.ca or (905) 832-2289 ext. 2390.

Minimum registration required. Deposits will be returned if program does not meet minimum registration requirements.

Preschool

The Nature School Preschool uses a child-led approach to learning that is exploratory, inquiry-based, fun and unhurried.

Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking on an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories.

The Nature Preschool is offered to children who are 2.5 to 5 years of age and are potty trained.

The program runs from September to June.

The Preschool Program at Claireville is offered on Mondays.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

student enjoys The Nature School preschool program at Claireville Conservation Area

TUITION FEES

• Children who are 2.5 to 3 years of age as of September 2021 may attend one day a week. Cost: $1,700

(Monthly payment options are available.)

 

Registration for the 2021-2022 preschool year is NOW OPEN.
Please contact Visitor Services at (416) 667 6295 ext. 3 or email vservices@trca.ca to find out how to apply.

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Jasmine Green at jasmine.green@trca.ca or (905) 832-2289 ext. 2390.

Minimum registration required. Deposits will be returned if program does not meet minimum registration requirements.

Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program

Recommended for children ages 1 to 5.

In this program, youngsters will explore a new nature theme each week. The format allows for consistent structure with flexible content. Parent or caregiver participation is required.

Winter Dates: Wednesdays, February 2, 2022 to March 23, 2022
Hours: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

students take part in the winter session of the Little Saplings Parent and Tot program at Claireville Conservation Area

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outdoor activities such as collecting, hiding, piling, catching, and exploring nature
  • Circle time with songs and engaging stories
  • Indoor washrooms available

PRICING

  • $140.00

Minimum program registration required.

REGISTER NOW

PA Day Camps

Come to the Claireville Conservation Area on your PA Day and explore the world of The Nature School.

Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun, and unhurried.

PA Day Camps are offered to children ages 4 to 10.

Dates:
Friday February 4, 2022
Monday June 6, 2022

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

students spend a PA day exploring the forest at Claireville Conservation Area

PRICING

  • $60.00 per day

Minimum program registration required.

REGISTER NOW

March Break Camp at Claireville

Get your kids outside this March Break at Claireville Conservation Area!

Campers will be immersed in nature, looking for signs of animal life, making nature crafts, and exploring our 800-hectare property!

This camp is offered to children ages 4 to 10.

Dates: Monday March 14 to Friday March 18, 2022
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

student enjoys March Break camp at Claireville Conservation Area
March Break campers explore the forest at Claireville Conservation Area
students enjoy March Break camp at Claireville Conservation Area

PRICING

  • $60.00 per day
  • $250 for the full week

THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT.
Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation requests received by TRCA more than 14 days before the start of the camp program will receive a 75% refund of the relevant program fees paid. Cancellation requests received by TRCA less than 14 days before the start of the camp program do not qualify for a refund. Please contact us in cases of sickness prior to the program so we can be in touch about rescheduling or refunding. Rescheduling is subject to availability. There is no refund for camp days missed or children opting not to participate in activities. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email to vservices@trca.ca. Minimum registration numbers required for camp to operate. In the event TRCA must cancel the camp due to low registration or government order, a full refund will be issued.

MEET OUR STAFF

Teachers at The Nature School hold one or more professional designations, including certified Forest School Practitioners, Registered Early Childhood Educators and Ontario Certified Teachers with degrees in Outdoor Experiential Education, as well as extensive experience working with children in their early years.

Jasmine Green

Jasmine Green, Supervisor, Claireville Education, OCT

Jasmine has been an outdoor educator for more than 15 years. With a B.Ed in Outdoor and Experiential Education, a Forest School Practitioners Certificate, and general love and enthusiasm for bringing kids outside, she has helped to develop and deliver nature programming for children of all ages.

Jasmine has worked at The Tawingo Outdoor Education Centre, The Toronto Botanical Gardens, and The Kortright Centre for Conservation. She is excited to bring her passion for the outdoors to The Nature School at Claireville.

Jasmine believes that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. When she’s not teaching other people’s offspring, she spends her time raising her own adventurous kids, taking them hiking, camping, and exploring!

Ken McGillivray

Ken MacGillivray, Teacher, The Nature School, OCT

Ken grew up in Etobicoke but spent his childhood weekends and summers at his family’s cottage on Lake Huron on the Bruce Peninsula. He went to York University to become a teacher, and then to Humber College for a Certificate of Outdoor Education.

Ken briefly worked at a museum near his cottage, then at a YMCA camp in a National Park. Finally, he worked for two years as a primary school teacher at a reserve in Northwestern Ontario.

Ken started his time with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) as an environmental educator at the Kortright Centre, and he has been working for TRCA ever since.

Ken enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing and birdwatching, and he still spends a lot of time at his family’s cottage. He also has a passion for conservation and volunteers with the Canadian Chestnut Council.

Emily Sellan

Emily Sellan, Educator, The Nature Preschool

Emily is an Ontario Certified Teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Guelph. She grew up in Vaughan, and often visited the Kortright Centre on memorable field trips.

Emily has significant experience working with young children and youth both locally and abroad. She spent two years working as a Foreign Language Assistant in Germany before returning to Canada to pursue her Teaching Degree. Upon graduating from Teacher’s College, she worked as an Outdoor Educator for a community garden in North York, which sparked her enthusiasm for nature-based, experiential learning.

She also has experience supply teaching for a First Nation’s School and most recently worked as an educator for the Community Safety Village of York Region.

Ralph Varga

Ralph Varga, Educator, The Nature Preschool

Ralph graduated from the Recreation Leadership program at Centennial College. He grew up in Toronto with a passion for nature and the outdoors, likely spawned through fishing trips with his dad from a very young age.

Ralph has worked in many educational settings with children, from special needs kindergarten to sport programs, and finally 18 years in childcare, working with preschoolers right up to school-agers. Most recently Ralph was a program staff member at the Claireville Nature Summer Camp.

Along with his many years of experience, Ralph brings ideas, passion, and a gentle nature to help guide and support the learning and development of young children.

Ralph enjoys fishing, hiking, baking, gardening, and co-op board games.

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