Events & Conferences

Discovery Child Care offers engaging full-day or half-day learning opportunities for you and your staff. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion after completing each course. These valuable courses will provide you with the skills and dispositions to be a leader within your organization for nature-based programming.

We offer 1-hour study tours, 2-hour staff meetings, half-day and full-day programs that can be custom built to suit your needs. We can present in our Nature Classroom or come and present at your location.


Upcoming Events

Actively Embracing the Natural Wonders of Winter

Saturday February 1st, 2020 from 10am-4pm, Includes lunch

This professional learning experience is 100% hands-on. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in all four breakout sessions provided.

Please come dressed for the weather, as we will be outside all day.

Fireside lunch provided (weather permitting).

This experience is sponsored by Child Care Capacity Building Funding through the County of Simcoe.

For more information, please click the link below to view the flyer.

Actively Embracing the Natural Wonders of Winter

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Past Events

The Joy in Nature Based Pedagogy: Reimagining Possibilities in Your Program

Saturday September 21/19 from 10am-4pm, Includes lunch

Please join us as we welcome in the fall solstice and celebrate learning in the great outdoors!

  • Inspiring keynote that invites educators to connect with Discovery's story and reflect on their own journey into nature.
  • Study tour of our Nature Classroom.
  • Engaging hands-on breakout sessions relevant to all age groups offering Mud Kitchens, Weaving, Hapazome, Messy Materials, Nature Art with connections to How Does Learning Happen? (2014c).

For more information on our Fall conference please click the flyer below.

Fall Solstice Conference - The Joy of Nature Based Pedagogy

Intro to Forest School Workshop:
Hosted by Forest School Canada & Discovery Child Care Centre

Saturday June 22/19 & Sunday June 23/19

This is an outdoor, experiential workshop for everyone interested in learning more about the theory and practice of Forest and Nature School (FNS). This workshop is especially recommended for those who want to learn more about FNS prior to committing to our year-long Practitioners Course. Participants will learn about play-based learning and how to support risky play, specifically, emergent curriculum and inquiry-driven learning, as well as planning and delivery of FNS programs. Participants will leave the workshop with a broad understanding of FNS theory and practice, and, if they are educators, a sense of how they could interweave FNS into their current teaching practice.

Joy of Childhood Conference 2018

Saturday October 20/18

Come join the Child & Family Collaborative as we explore & connect with the outdoors at the Discovery Child Care Centre Forest & Nature School as they host this year's "Joy of Childhood Conference 2018"


What is a Forest School?

A forest school is an outdoor education model that focuses on using outdoor spaces to help children learn personal, social and technical skills. To put it simply, forest schools take the learning outside.

Why a Forest School? Forest School Kindergarten