Grades K-3

Nature crafts, outdoor exploration, games and more!

Your child’s natural curiosity leads to exploration and a deeper love of learning about the natural world. We will explore the school forest, the swamp and the hillside at the Wickanninish Community School. We will learn about seasonal changes, local plants and animals and practice our wilderness skills.

3 Semesters

Fall Semester:
Sept – Dec: Registration Opens September 2021

Winter Semester:
Jan – March: Registration Opens December 2021

Spring Semester:
March – June: Registration Opens March 2022

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Times: 2:45 – 4:45

Location: Wickanninish Community School

What to Bring:
Please always send your children with rain gear and warm layers. Our weather changes very quickly here, so it’s best to be over prepared than under prepared as we will spend most of our time outside.

What to Bring List

2020/2021 Program Fees

Fall

Full term: $360
Drop-in: $30/day

There will be no class on the following days:

  • Oct 11 – Thanksgiving
  • Nov 11 – Remembrance Day

Winter

Full term: $360
Drop-in: $30/day

There will be no class on the following days:

  • Feb 21 – Family Day
  • April 15 & 18 – Easter

Spring

Tuesdays: $252
Thursdays: $252

There will be no class on the following days:

  • April 5 – Easter Monday
  • May 24 – Victoria Day

*If it is not feasible for you to pay the semester in full we can create a payment plan.

Schedule:
At the Bell (2:45): Heather and Rachel will pick up all children at their classrooms and escort them to the program. These instructions will be included in the afternoon announcements from the School.

2:45 – 3:15 pm: Grades K-1 will have snack in the Strong Start room with Heather. Grades 2-3 will have snack in the gym with Rachel. “Check In “ at the Strong Start room and gym will include attendance, a healthy snack and setting expectations for the program. Groups are split up by cohorts and will practice social distancing inside with the other cohorts.

3:15 – 4:45 pm: Instructor time outside – in the case of extreme inclement weather the group will stay in the Strong Start classroom (upstairs) or the gym depending on the group. The locations will vary depending on the day including the Wickanninish School forest area, the “swamp” or hillside at the back of the school grounds, the forest area in Tonquin Park or Tonquin Beach. We will have all parents sign a walking field trip waiver before leaving the school grounds.

4:45 pm: Students are to be picked up at the front steps outside the school.​

To register – Please complete the form below. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. You will receive an email notifying you that you have been placed on the waitlist once the capacity has been reached.

Program Considerations

Tofino Nature Kids is a nature immersion program. We spend almost all of our time together outside. Please consider if your child will be comfortable in an outdoor learning environment. Your family must be committed to ensuring your child is suitably dressed and fully prepared for the weather every day. We do have a small covered area for especially soggy or windy times.

Our program only has invisible walls, therefore, our programs are not suitable for children who are prone to uninhibited “wandering”.

Program Registration

FAQs

Have questions about our programs? Visit our FAQ’s & What to Bring page.

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