The Forest and Nature School (FNS) program provides a new way to connect children with the environment. It offers a child-centred approach that allows children to learn through self-directed and play-based exploration of forests.
The diverse landscape at Seneca’s King Campus, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, provides fun, unique and challenging outdoor learning opportunities for children, staff and families at the King Observation Lab Teaching School (KOLTS).
The old-growth forest adjacent to KOLTS invites our educators and children to explore many facets of nature, observe the seasonal changes and to revel in the beauty, sounds and smells of their surroundings.
We recognize the FNS site is located on land that has a long history with the Indigenous community. Ambassadors from Seneca’s First Peoples@Seneca, its Indigenous student resource area, help to inform our understanding of Indigenous ways of being, knowing, teaching and learning.
“It’s important to have knowledge of the heart” he explains.
“How do you get that? Well you learn through the soles of your feet, the palms of your hands, the seat of your pants.
All knowledge has to pass through your heart on the way to your head.”
-James Raffan (2014)