Foundations in Forest School Course

Play-Based Child-Led Learning in Nature

Who is this course for?
This hands-on experiential course is targeted at parents/daycare providers/classroom teachers; anyone who wants to spend more time outdoors with the children in their care.

Course description
We will demonstrate how this can be done from a Forest School perspective. This course will enable you to feel safe and confident while spending time outside, benefiting from nature. The course will combine theory and experiential learning to offer participants a deeper understanding of what Forest School is and how it can be implemented from the school-yard to a sprawling forest or the banks of the river, at a daycare with toddlers or in your own backyard with your children. Our experienced instructors will introduce and explain how they use Forest School methodology with the children in their care; including emergent child-led, experiential, inquiry-based, play-based and place-based learning approaches.

Participants will have the opportunity to act as a facilitator and put into practice the skills that they have learned. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the knowledge and tools to feel confident bringing children outside to learn and play.

Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, however our instructors are bilingual and will be happy to answer questions or provide additional instructions in French.

Classroom setting: The course will be delivered mainly outdoors, in a Forest School setting, though we will have easy access to indoor facilities for washrooms and breaks from inclement weather.

Course Tuition: $300/participant*

  • * Note that we are offering a student rate of $200 (full-time students)

Dates: 1 week-end in May (exact date tbd)



Payment: Email transfer to


Michelle Hegge

Michelle is currently the Teaching Director at Chelsea Forest School and has been with the school since 1995. She was instrumental in transforming the school from a traditional preschool to a Forest School that offers Forest School programs for preschoolers as well as school aged children. She is one of the first certified Forest School Practitioners (Level 3) in Canada.

When Michelle is not working for Chelsea Forest School she works for the Friends of Gatineau Park as a Nature Interpreter.

Michelle has a B.Ed (Junior-Intermediate, Science) and a BSc (honours) in Biology.

Pamela Giroux

Pamela has a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Algonquin College and was one of the first certified Forest School Practitioners (Level 3) in Canada.

Pamela was a Forest School Practitioner at Chelsea Forest School for 6 years before returning to Algonquin College in Event Management, and participated in the school’s transformation from traditional preschool to Forest School. Pamela also has her Children’s Yoga certification and is working towards her full 200hr Hatha Yoga certification.

When Pamela is not planning events, you can find her practicing yoga in the forest!