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.


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

 


Get Started with Forest School

Forest School is for ages 4 to 12 and all class days run from 10am–3:30pm.

Register online below or call 585.374.6160.

Summer Semester

Full Year (Fall/Spring)

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Toddler Fall Forest School

Summer Semester

Summer Forest School includes eight Friday sessions: June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13; and August 3, 10. Please note that there is no overlap between weekly and immersion camps.

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $239.70 $255
2nd Child $226.95 $242.25
3rd Child $214.20 $229.50

 

Register: Summer Fridays


Full Year

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $820.80 $864
2nd Child $799.20 $842.40
3rd Child $777.60 $820.80

 

Thursdays | 10:00am-3:30pm

Fall: Thursdays, September 6 through December 13 (except November 22)
Spring: Thursdays, January 3 through May 30 (except February 14, March 14, March 28 and April 25)

Register: Full Year Thursdays

 

Fridays | 10:00am-3:30pm

Fall: Fridays, September 7 through December 14 (except November 23)
Spring: Fridays, January 4 through May 31 (except February 15, March 15, March 29 and April 26)

Register: Full Year Fridays

 


 

Fall Semester 

10:00am-3:30pm

Thursday Group: Thursdays, September 6 through December 13 (except November 22)
Fridays, September 7 through December 14 (except November 23)

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $399 $420
2nd Child $388.50 $409.50
3rd Child $378 $399

 

Register: Fall Thursdays

Register: Fall Fridays

 

Prefer to Register for Fall by Quarter?

Pricing by Fall Quarter

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $219.45 $231
2nd Child $213.68 $225.23
3rd Child $207.90 $219.45

Quarter 1: 

  • Thursday Group: Sept. 6–Oct. 18
  • Friday Group: Sept. 7–Oct. 19

Register: Q1 Fall Thursdays

Register: Q1 Fall Fridays

 

Quarter 2:

  • Thursday Group: Oct. 25–Dec. 13 (Excluding Nov. 22) 
  • Friday Group: Oct. 26–Dec. 14 (Excluding Nov. 23) 

Register: Q2 Fall Thursdays

Register: Q2 Fall Fridays


Spring Semester

10:00am-3:30pm

Thursday Group: Jan. 3–May 30 (Excluding Feb. 14, March 14, March 28 and April 25)
Friday Group: Jan. 4–May 31 (Excluding Feb. 15, March 29 and April 26)

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $513 $540
2nd Child $499.50 $526.50
3rd Child $486 $513

 

Register: Spring Thursdays

Register: Spring Fridays

 

Prefer to Register for Spring by Quarter?

Pricing by Spring Quarter

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $282.15 $297
2nd Child $274.73 $289.58
3rd Child $267.30 $282.15

Quarter 3: 

  • Thursday Group: Jan. 3–March 7 (Excluding Feb. 14)
  • Friday Group: Jan. 4–March 8 (Excluding Feb. 15)

Register: Q3 Spring Thursdays

Register: Q3 Spring Fridays

 

Quarter 4:

  • Thursday Group: March 21–May 30 (Excluding March 28 and April 25)
  • Friday Group: March 22–May 31 (Excluding March 29 and April 26)
     

Register: Q4 Spring Thursdays

Register: Q4 Spring Fridays


Toddler Fall Forest School 

For ages infant to 4 years old  | Fridays, September 7 through December 14 (except November 23)

Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Toddler Forest School provides parents and together with their child, from infancy to four year old, with natural space to nurture their relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven learning, hands-on projects and basic outdoor skills development. The toddler program prepares students and their families for the adventures awaiting in the longer day of regular forest school.

Instructors invite participating families to observe the small miracles occurring around us every day. Outdoor play allows the children to honor their 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. Forest school teaches students to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $126.90 $135
2nd Child $120.15 $128.25
3rd Child $113.40 $121.50

 

Parent or guardian must attend with child.
 

Register: Toddler Fridays

 


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