Cumming Nature Center Forest School

Cumming Nature Center Forest School

Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Our mission is to provide children with the space to nurture this relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven exploratory learning, hands-on projects and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment. Through forest school, students learn to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.

 

Nature is our classroom

With nature as our classroom, guide and companion our daily activities are based on fostering three things: purposeful work, observation, and exploration. Purposeful work may consist of carving sticks, sawing wood, gathering acorns, building a shelter, building and cooking on a fire, creating natural art–the list is endless!

We take time to observe the little ways the world changes, even in the course of a week. Outdoor play allows the children to honor the strong developmental need to jump, twist, tug, pull, balance, roll, run, climb, dig, sort, build, weave and create. This play also develops fine and gross motor skills, executive function, spatial awareness, balance, coordination, kindness, and empathy. Children work together, using their strong imaginations and ideas to sort out all types of social situations.

 

Preparedness is important

Each day is spent entirely outdoors in all types of weather. In order to fully immerse ourselves in the environment, it is essential that children come prepared for the day’s weather and with the understanding that it is ok to get dirty! Comfort and proper clothing are of utmost importance. 

 

We aim to inspire

Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic, 900-acre environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through experiential learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Educational programming at CNC explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. These programs are designed to inspire innovative and creative thinking among participants and provide them with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to take action in the face of local, regional and global challenges.


Get Started with Forest School

 

Forest School Parent Handbook 

It is critical that families review the parent handbook before registering a child for forest school. The handbook provides detailed information about forest school's core values and guiding principles, along with logistical details regarding food, clothing, weather closures, registration and more. Please take time to read through the handbook, and feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions at 585.374.6160.

 

Download Handbook

 

 

Forest School Registration

Our next year of Cumming Nature Center Forest School is about to begin! Register Thursday or Friday classes for the Fall Semester, Spring Semester or Full Year. Forest School is for ages 4 to 12 and all class days run from 10am–3:30pm.

Register online below or call 585.374.6160.

 

Fall Semester — 14 Sessions

Thursday Group: Sept. 7–Dec. 14 (Excluding Nov. 23)
Friday Group: Sept. 8–Dec. 15 (Excluding Nov. 24)

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $400 $420
2nd Child $380 $399
3rd Child $360 $378

 

Register: Fall Thursdays

Register: Fall Fridays

 

Prefer to Register for Fall by Quarter?

Dates for Quarters 1 & 2 — 7 Sessions Each

Quarter 1: 

  • Thursday Group: Sept. 7–Oct. 19
  • Friday Group: Sept. 8–Oct. 20

Register: Q1 Fall Thursdays

Register: Q1 Fall Fridays

 

Quarter 2:

  • Thursday Group: Oct. 26–Dec. 14 (Excluding Nov. 22) 
  • Friday Group: Oct. 27–Dec. 15 (Excluding Nov. 23)

Register: Q2 Fall Thursdays

Register: Q2 Fall Fridays

 

Pricing by Quarter

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $215 $230
2nd Child $204.25 $218.50
3rd Child $193.50 $207

 

 

Spring Semester — 18 Sessions

Thursday Group: Jan. 4–May 24 (Excluding Feb. 22, March 29 and April 5)
Friday Group: Jan. 5–May 25 (Excluding Feb. 23, March 30 and April 6)

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $550 $570
2nd Child $515 $545
3rd Child $480 $525

 

Register: Spring Thursdays

Register: Spring Fridays

 

Prefer to Register for Spring by Quarter?

Dates for Quarters 3 & 4 — 9 Sessions Each

Quarter 3: 

  • Thursday Group: Jan. 4–March 8 (Excluding Feb. 22)
  • Friday Group: Jan. 5–March 9 (Excluding Feb. 23)

Register: Q3 Spring Thursdays

Register: Q3 Spring Fridays

 

Quarter 4:

    • Thursday Group: March 15–May 24 (Excluding March 29 and April 5)
    • Friday Group: March 16–May 25 (Excluding March 30 and April 6)

Register: Q4 Spring Thursdays

Register: Q4 Spring Fridays

 

Pricing by Quarter

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $290 $320
2nd Child $270 $300
3rd Child $250 $280

 

 

Full Year — 33 Sessions

Thursday Group: Sept. 7–May 24 (Excluding Nov. 23, Feb. 22, March 29 and April 5)
Friday Group: Sept. 8–May 25 (Excluding Nov. 24, Feb. 23, March 30 and April 6)

 

   RMSC Member   Non-Member   
1st Child  $900 $950
2nd Child $875 $960
3rd Child $832 $940

 

Register: Full Year Thursdays

Register: Full Year Fridays


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