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 Open House

Sunday, Aug. 28: 2-4pm

Families can experience the educational adventure of CNC Forest School! Guests will join our instructors for a brief woodland excursion and view a documentary about the foundational premise of this internationally acclaimed educational model. Nature serves as our classroom, guide and companion as we foster purposeful work, observation, and exploration in a natural setting. CNC team members will be available to answer questions and connect with families interested in joining us this fall.

Event Schedule

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

 

Winter & Spring Forest School Registration

Please note that transportation to the Cumming Nature Center is not provided. Registration opens soon!

Full Season (Session 1 & 2)
17 Sessions | Fridays, Jan. 13–May 26: 10am-3:30pm (No class Feb 24, Mar. 10, Apr. 14)

  Non-Member    RMSC Members   
1st Child $405 $375
2nd Child    $365 $337
3rd Child $324 $300
4th Child $284 $262

 

Register: Full Season

 

Session I
8 Sessions | Fridays, Jan. 13–Mar. 17: 10am-3:30pm (No class Feb. 24, Mar. 10)

  Non-Member    RMSC Members   
1st Child $220 $205
2nd Child    $198 $184.50
3rd Child $176 $164

 

Register: Session I

 


Session II:
9 Sessions | Fridays, Mar. 24–May 26: 10am-3:30pm (No class Apr. 14)

  Non-Member    RMSC Members   
1st Child $220 $205
2nd Child    $198 $184.50
3rd Child $176 $164

 

Register: Session II

 

 

 

 


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