Offering child-centred, curiosity-led connection through play on the land
Out to Play Farm and Forest School offers weekly full-day or half day programs onsite at Beetbox Farm. We also offer a summer daycamp program!
Each day at the Farm and Forest School is unique and co-created between the children and their educators. After drop-off children play until its time for circle, snack and Story. They may offer suggestions on where they’d like to play, they may discuss among themselves with the educator’s support and then they’ll hike out. They’ll follow a trail to explore and settle in to play. Children lunch out on the land through almost all weather, returning later in the day to create, build, garden and play together on the farm.
All Out to Play programs are child-centred, play-based, curiosity-led and educator supported. We support risky play as co-conspirators, through collaborative dialogue and a thorough risk-benefit assessment process. Our staff are experienced, playful and intuitive facilitators with diverse backgrounds including Forest and Nature School practitioners, qualified teachers, child and youth workers and/or early childhood educators.
Our Farm and Forest School programs are outside through all weather. The shelters are warmed with a woodstove through the cold months and offer a space to warm up, dry off or change clothes before heading out to play again.
We know to be on the land and engaged in play supports children’s physical and mental health. Out to Play programs are following pandemic protocols established by Ottawa Public Health. Educators and children are screened before entering program each day. Regular sanitation protocols, frequent handwashing, physical distancing and all children and adults in masks ensure that we are able to offer a comforting and safer program.
Out to Play Farm and Forest School uses an Eco Value-Impact Assessment to manage our impact on the land while holding space for children to build a life-long relationship with the natural world through play and place-based learning. Environmental preservation and education is embedded in all aspects of our work from program design to every story told, and every interaction with the land and creatures.
Out to Play Farm and Forest School Community Programs include:
Fall and Winter 2021 – 2022
Open to ages 4-10 years. A full-day program that runs from 9am-3pm.
Open to ages 8-12. A full-day program that runs from 9am-3pm.
Open to children ages 2.5-5 years and independently toileting. A half day program that runs from 9am-12pm.
Out to Play Summer Daycamp
Open to children ages 4-12 years. A full day Monday to Friday program 9am-3pm.
Please see Registration for more details.