Cumming Nature Center Forest School

Cumming Nature Center Forest School

Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Our mission is to provide children with the space to nurture this relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven exploratory learning, hands-on projects and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment. Through forest school, students learn to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.

 

Nature is our classroom

With nature as our classroom, guide and companion our daily activities are based on fostering three things: purposeful work, observation, and exploration. Purposeful work may consist of carving sticks, sawing wood, gathering acorns, building a shelter, building and cooking on a fire, creating natural art–the list is endless!

We take time to observe the little ways the world changes, even in the course of a week. Outdoor play allows the children to honor the strong developmental need to jump, twist, tug, pull, balance, roll, run, climb, dig, sort, build, weave and create. This play also develops fine and gross motor skills, executive function, spatial awareness, balance, coordination, kindness, and empathy. Children work together, using their strong imaginations and ideas to sort out all types of social situations.

 

Preparedness is important

Each day is spent entirely outdoors in all types of weather. In order to fully immerse ourselves in the environment, it is essential that children come prepared for the day’s weather and with the understanding that it is ok to get dirty! Comfort and proper clothing are of utmost importance. 

 

We aim to inspire

Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic, 900-acre environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through experiential learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Educational programming at CNC explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. These programs are designed to inspire innovative and creative thinking among participants and provide them with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to take action in the face of local, regional and global challenges.


Get Started with Forest School

 

Forest School Parent Handbook 

It is critical that families review the parent handbook before registering a child for forest school. The handbook provides detailed information about forest school's core values and guiding principles, along with logistical details regarding food, clothing, weather closures, registration and more. Please take time to read through the handbook, and feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions at 585.374.6160.

 

Download Handbook

Summer Forest School Semester Registration

Semester-long Forest School meets weekly throughout the summer. Please note that transportation to the Cumming Nature Center is not provided. 

Weekly Semester Program
7 Sessions | Fridays, June 30–Aug.11, 2017 
Maximum: 15 kids ages 4–7; 15 kids ages 8–12

  Non-Member    RMSC Members   
1st Child $200 $180
2nd Child    $180 $160
3rd Child $160 $140

 

Register Ages 4–7: Semester Program

Register Ages 8–12: Semester Program

 

Summer Forest School Immersion Registration

Week-long Forest School Immersion meets daily over a week. Please note that transportation to the Cumming Nature Center is not provided.

Week-Long Immersion Program
Week 1: Monday-Friday, July 10–14 
Week 2: Monday-Friday, July 17–21

Maximum: 15 kids 

  Non-Member    RMSC Members   
1st Child $180 $160
2nd Child    $160 $140
3rd Child $140 $120

 

For Ages 4–12

Register: Immersion Week 1

Register: Immersion Week 2

  

 


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