School in Nature

Kimbercote School in Nature

Our Program Philosophy is to help children…

  • Develop greater resilience and confidence through hands-on outdoor exploration and guided experiential learning
  • Develop their leadership and social/emotional skills to support them at school and in other areas of their life
  • Foster a deeper love for learning and stewardship through inquiry-based outdoor projects that teach them to focus, persevere and take pride in their finished work
  • Discover and harness the unique qualities within themselves in order to contribute to the diversity and strength of our learning community
  • Develop and maintain their mental and physical health by attending a safe, rewarding and active experiential learning program that will act as an outlet and anchor in their schedule

Every child is born a naturalist. His/her eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life.”

What We Will Do:

Natural History Field Studies: Butterfly Counts, Bird Counts, Stream Studies, Plant Identification, Animal Identification

Traditional/Outdoor/Survival Skills: Traditional Fire-starting, Making Cordage/Rope, Shelter Building, Knots, Map Reading/Orienteering, Map and Compass Navigation, Tracking and Awareness

Outdoor Based Art: Watercolour Painting, Making Art with Nature, Sculpture, Sketching, Working with Wood

Games:  Leadership Games, Cooperative Games, Team-Building Games, Communication Games

Nature Journaling: Students will make their own journal and learn how to hone their powers of observation and track their development in mastering their knowledge of natural history and other skills listed above

Animal Care: Students will learn about a number of animal species that are kept onsite and will actively participate in caring for these animals

Use of Simple Tools: Students will be given the opportunity to participate in some basic level construction projects that will allow them to develop an awareness of the safe use of tools such as hammers, saws, measuring devices, squares, levels, etc… These projects will be chosen according to what is appropriate for each age group

The Elephant Thoughts Difference

  • Program is delivered by one of Canada’s most award-winning educational organizations
  • 100 acres of trails, streams, and forest to explore
  • Amazing outdoor classrooms, facilities, and live animals
  • Full days outside with indoor options for inclement weather
  • Sign up for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly attendance or just come and try it for a day/P.A. if there is space
  • Kindergarten to Grade 8 in *age-appropriate groups

*as registration permits

Registration Details

    • Parents can choose to have their child attend our program once a week, once every two weeks or monthly depending on what the parents feel their child needs
    • $60 per day

For more information about the Kimbercote School in Nature program please contact:



10138 Hwy 26
Collingwood, Ontario

1.705.444.2012 / 1.866.702.5552