Tofino Nature Kids is a nature based child-lead program. We tune in to children’s interest and support them by following their lead.  We weave literacy and numeracy into daily activities and take advantage of on the spot learning opportunities.

Our Nature Kids programs adopt the Forest School practices of regular and repeated access to a natural space, as well as a learning process that is based on what the children are curious about and inspired by. The defining feature of this type of nature-based education program is that children are provided with opportunities to build an on-going relationship with a place in nature, to a dedicated mentor, to one another, and to themselves.

We learn through stories, songs, art, exploration, imaginary play and survival skills. We connect with eachother through activities that encourage teamwork and creativity. We use all of our senses to observe nature.

Activities Include

  • Opening circle, games, songs
  • Nature walk
  • Snack, sit spot and storytelling
  • Collecting and creating
  • Lunch and laughter
  • Exploring and wandering time
  • Closing circle

Early Years Program

A nature connection program for children ages 3 to 5 years old that celebrates the unique experience of being a child in this incredible environment.

Fall registration opens in September, 2021.

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After School

A nature connection program for children from K – grade 3. Celebrate the unique experience of being a child in this incredible environment.

Fall registration opens in September, 2021.

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Summer Beach Days

Join us for fun in the sun and sand this summer on Chesterman Beach. Storytelling , Shelter Building , Games, Plant/Animal Identification, Tidepool Exploration, Free Play, Arts and Crafts.

Registration opens June 1st, 2021

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Spring Break Program

Join us for mornings of stories, exploration, learning and fun at the Botanical Gardens.

Registration opens in February, 2022.

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Info & What to Bring

Have questions about our programs? Visit our Info page/list of What to Bring.

Tofino Nature Kids Programs are currently offered in Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with them the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

– Rachel Carson