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. Find Forest School registration information below.

Sign up for the 2019-2020 full year.

About the Forest School

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.


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


Get Started with Forest School

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.

Forest School (Fall/Spring)

Outdoor Afterschool Program

Toddler Forest School


Forest School Fees

  Full Year Bi-Semester   
1st Child  $950 $525
2nd Child $925 $500
3rd Child $900 $475

 

Wednesdays | 10:00am-3:30pm

Fall: Wednesdays, September 11 through December 20 (except November 27) 
Spring: Wednesdays, January 8 through June 10 (except February 19)

Fridays | 10:00am-3:30pm

Fall: Fridays, September 13 through December 20 (except November 29) 
Spring: Fridays, January 10 through June 12 (except February 21 and April 10)

Register for Forest School

  • Please note that placement is determined based on lottery.
  • To be included in the 2019-20 lottery, fill out the no-fee registration form below.
  • Once the lottery is complete, any remaining spots are filled on a first come-first served basis. Call 585.697.1942 for availability. 
  • After students have been placed, payment plan information will be available to those interested.

All applications must be submitted by midnight on August 1, 2019 to take place in the Lottery

REGISTER

Outside Afterschool Program

This program is students grade 3-5.

   Fees  
Full Year $400
Fall 2019 $173
Spring 2020 $227

 

Mondays | 3pm – 5:30pm

Full Year: Sept 9, 2019- June 8, 2020
Fall Semester: Sept 9, 2019 – Dec 16, 2019
Spring Semester: Jan 6, 2020 – June 8, 2020

REGISTER: OUTDOOR AFTERSCHOOL

 

Outside Afterschool Program Open House  | Thursday, August 22 | 6:30pm

Join us at the Cumming Nature Center on Thursday, August 22nd to find out more information about our program. 


Toddler Forest School 

For ages infant to 4 years old  | Fridays, September 13–December 20 | 10:15am - 12:15pm

Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Toddler Forest School provides parents and together with their child, from infancy to four year old, with natural space to nurture their relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven learning, hands-on projects and basic outdoor skills development. The toddler program prepares students and their families for the adventures awaiting in the longer day of regular forest school.

Instructors invite participating families to observe the small miracles occurring around us every day. Outdoor play allows the children to honor their 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. Forest school teaches students to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive.

Non-Member  $235

Member  $225

Save $15 per child when registering multiple children.

Parent or guardian must attend with child.
 

REGISTER: Q4 FALL FRIDAYS

 


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