Nature Kindergarden

The Nature Kindergarten program connects children to nature, themselves and to the group through play and adventure.

Give your child the gift of being in nature; exploring the streams, fields and forested areas on our 13 acre Tapiola campus plus a 14 acre forest.  The children gain comfort in being outside no matter the weather and learn the ups and downs of being in a group.  The program is for children ages 3.5-5 and we accept children on a six week probation period to make sure they are well suited to this type of program.  The program takes place during Northern Lights Nature Friday class, allowing the children to learn from older children.

The program is offered on Fridays.  The program follows the rhythm of the seasons. The adventures evolve weekly, are group created and adult supervised. The experience of nature and oneself is further developed through the arts, crafts and stories.

Nature programs help children: 

  •   Experience a deeper relationship to nature and its wisdom
  •   Build confidence in their own strengths, resilience and capacities
  •   Develop physical and mental well-being
  •   Learn to problem solve and be exposed to manageable risk

The children bring a lunch and a snack.  Extra clothing is needed.  They need to be dressed or bring clothing for the season:  rainboots and rain/mud pants, sunhat, hat, waterproof mitts for fall and spring; snowpants, warm hats and mitts for winter. The children need breathable warm base layers to maintain core warmth. in Thunder Bay, which is affiliated to the school and offers a portion of each sale to the school, sells base layers and clothing for warmth.  See our Shop and Support banner on our homepage.

  • Program Location:  Tapiola Nature, 140 Pento Road, Thunder Bay
  • There is a field house for indoor periods of the day and for washroom use.
  • Fee: $250 per month for 10 months.  Paid monthly at the 1st of every month by e-transfer.
  • Register on-line with our general registration form.
  • $50 application fee is required with the application and will be credited to the tuition.

Nature Kindergarden Schedule

8:45 Arrivals
9:00 Outdoor Play
9:30 Indoor or Outdoor Activity
10:30 Snack
11:00 Outdoor Adventure
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Story and Indoor Activity
2:00 Outdoor Adventure
3:00 End of Day