Welcome to Chelsea Forest School!

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Autism challenges and successes

Climbing Mountains with Autism

Notice how many movies, songs or stories use mountains to symbolize life obstacles? Well here is my mountain story… My son James joined Chelsea Forest School at the end of October. James was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and we have had him in intervention therapy since he was 2 years old. After a lot […]

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Fire Safety

“Playing with Fire!” at Chelsea Forest School

When parents sign our waivers upon registering their child at Chelsea Forest School, they may be taken aback by the clause that refers to using knives, saws and having fires. Say what?! Forest school pedagogy believes in providing opportunity for supported risk. It is only by learning how to manage risk that we can truly […]

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Learner Led Learning

Tales from the Forest

Each week, Chelsea Forest School draws students from places like Ottawa, Gatineau, Aylmer, Hull and further afield. Each program and class are different because students lead the learning – supported by qualified teachers. Last week saw students from three to ten years old learn math, physics, language and social skills in outdoor “forest” settings. Below […]

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outdoor learning

Problem Solving or… Why Wool Socks are Important!

“Last week one of our children returned from our forest adventure wearing only her thick wool socks on her feet. She had independently solved a problem and we were so excited!” One of the things we work on almost every day at Chelsea Forest School is problem solving. Situations come up repeatedly during play that we as […]

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The Value of Sticks

On a recent parent duty day at Chelsea Forest School I found myself having to navigate the ‘stick’iness of trying to convince two four year olds that other sticks in the forest were just as good as the one they were arguing over. Both were convinced they had found the stick first and it was […]

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Outdoor Learning

Forest School PD Day

  As our recent Chelsea Forest School PD Day program started, nervous excitement filled the air as new Forest School children wondered what was in store… The day started, as always, with a quick circle meeting to suggest some outdoor options where play and learning are synonymous. At Forest School students lead the learning and […]

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Winter Learning

  A few weeks ago, we introduced snowshoes to our young students at Chelsea Forest School. Our preschoolers enjoy using these to explore the forest and learn new skills about how to move, play and help each other. We learn about animal tracks and habitats while exploring winter animals with a book to support their […]

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Cold weather? It’s a learning opportunity

Chelsea Forest School kids know how to have fun in all kinds of weather! Low winter temperatures are an excellent forest school learning opportunity. Kids learn about dressing properly, the necessity to keep moving to generate body heat, and how to stay out of the wind. Teachers at Chelsea Forest School are trained to watch and […]

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Risky outdoor play positively impacts children’s health: UBC study

New research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience. The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that children who participated in physical […]

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