Forest School Days
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR WILD SIDE
WHOLE FAMILY WOODLAND IMMERSION EXPERIENCES
LEARN, PLAY, TOUGHEN UP & GET DIRTY!
WEDNESDAYS 10-1 - RAIN OR SHINE - EAST CENTRAL INDIANA WILD SPACES
semester 2: January 18th-May 10th 2023
UPDATE 1/13/23: Accepting new families at this time! To join our Forest School playgroup please text: 765-227-8582 with your name and kids ages. There is no commitment or fees. You will be messaged details & the locations for Forest School weekly (some locations will require RSVP and others wont).
***Please read this whole page before joining us so you know what to expect.***
*Preschoolers not yet enrolled in school and siblings on break are welcome!
2023 DATES TO KNOW:
January 18th- Forest School Days restarts for our 2nd semester of sessions.
February 8th- Forest School Field Trip to Salamonie Reservoir area 11am-6pm (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!)
May 3rd- Forest School Field Trip to Cool Creek Park 12pm-6pm
May 17th- Last Forest School Day of the season
LATE MAY/EARLY JUNE DATE TBA- Forest School families camping trip at McCormick's Creek State Park (RSVP by April 1st so we can get adjacent camp spots and also get cabins reserved in time for those who are unable to camp) Options to join for a day only as well (we will be exploring a cave!).
August 14th-18th Forest School Restarts with a daycamp-style intensive! Five days, five amazing locations, fun in the sun and water play to kick off a new semester of Forest School days! Times TBA
THE NITTY GRITTY
SAFETY: Part of the Forest School model is engaging in "risky" play to build confidence, learn and bond with the group. We will be climbing logs/trees, tasting wild foods (identified by knowledgeable adults), playing amongst thorns, sticks and rocks and we will often be near water. A first aid kit will be available and at least one adult with knowledge of plants to avoid touching will be present. Hazards to avoid specific to the area will be pointed out clearly at the start of each gathering. If you find your child pushing limits (for example: climbing high, tending fire, risking getting wet in freezing temperatures) before pulling them away or discouraging them quickly consider what the worst case scenario is. If the level of risk isn't too high allowing them to explore without intervening will do wonders for their confidence and encourage a deep connection with the friends they're playing with and the environment we're getting to know.
THE END GOAL OF FOREST SCHOOL DAYS: Free imaginative play and exploration led by the kids themselves in a beautiful natural area is the end goal of Forest School Days. You can help make this happen by allowing your child to move as freely is as safe for them and interact with the environment in their own way . It can sometimes be challenging and uncomfortable for adults to let go in this way but it's worth the effort. Also things may feel illogical, unproductive or slow moving when children lead so be prepared for a different pace; learning through play and exploration can't be rushed.
photos by Richane Robbins :)