Nature’s Pals is an enrichment program that is 100% outdoors. We offer activities for children aged 18 months to 6 years old. Our program is inspired by Forest Schools, our environment, the seasons, and children’s interests and passions. We also offer birthday parties and experiences for all ages.
According to the National Wildlife Federation time in nature improves a child’s:
A child’s confidence is developed by children having the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence. The adults role in our child-led environment is to observe, interact, discuss and plan, and yet not lead the play or interfere.
We are aware that opportunities for creativity and confidence building is not going to happen if learners are unable to fully participate due to developmental reasons or learning differences. Being expected to ‘lead’ in these cases may cause a complete reluctance to participate or trigger anxiety. In these cases, this is a process of moving from adult-directed to child-led and are aware that some learners will require more adult-direction than others.
Children are more than busy when they’re playing. When your children play with you, they are also learning that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around. Exploring these social-emotional skills give babies the self-esteem and self-confidence they need to continue building loving and supportive relationships all their lives.
Early childhood education environments are increasingly
devoid of opportunities to access nature.
5 – 6 HRS/DAY
is the average amount of screen time viewed per child. The average amount of time kids are spending outside at an all time low of only minutes per day.
90% OF BRAIN
development occurs by age 3. This growth happens in response to a baby’s experiences, affecting their brain’s structure and lifelong capacity.
Importance of early exposure
The first 5 years are the most rapid period of brain growth, with nearly 90% of brain development occurring by age 3. This remarkable growth happens in response to a baby’s experiences. Experiences in the early years affect the physical structure of the brain and shape the capacities children will have for the rest of their lives.