Cumming Nature Center Forest School

Cumming Nature Center Forest School

Ages 4-12 years old | Tuesday-Friday | 10am-3:30pm

Forest School at Cumming Nature Center recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. 

Our mission is to provide children ages 4-12 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.

For parents who have questions about how we're keeping your children safe in the wake of COVID-19, we've compiled a list of answers to your frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please reach out to our Member & Visitor Services team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Forest School Lottery and Registration is now closed. Please call or email with inquiries about the program: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585.271.4320.

For information on weekly outdoor programs for ages 0-4 or 13-15, please see below:

Toddler Forest School (ages 0-4)

Field Studies Program (ages 13-15) *NEW*


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.

 

What to expect

Forest School days run from 10am - 3:30pm. Each day at Forest School 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 the utmost importance. 

Forest School students are separated into self-contained cohorts of 10-15 children. In the event of a lock-down, Forest School instructors will take Forest School online.

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 the time to read through the handbook, and feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions at 585.374.6160.

DOWNLOAD HANDBOOK

 

About the Cumming Nature Center

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 Fees

The Forest School fees listed below apply to one day of Forest School. You will need to pay additional fees for each day of Forest School your sign your child up for. 

  Full Year Fall only (14 sessions)    Spring only (18 sessions)   
1st Child  $1,030 $415 $615
2nd Child $1,010 $405 $600
3rd Child $990 $395 $595

*RMSC members receive a membership discount applied upon registration.


Forest School Schedule

Tuesdays | 10am-3:30pm

Fall: Tuesdays, September 8 through December 15 (except November 24) 

Spring: Tuesdays, January 12 through June 8 (except February 16, March 16, and April 13)

Wednesdays | 10am-3:30pm

Fall: Wednesdays, September 9 through December 16 (except November 25) 

Spring: Wednesdays, January 13 through June 9 (except February 17, March 17, and April 14)

Thursdays | 10am-3:30pm

Fall: Thursdays, September 10 through December 17 (except November 26) 

Spring: Thursdays, January 14 through June 10 (except February 18, March 18, and April 15)

Fridays | 10am-3:30pm

Fall: Fridays, September 11 through December 18 (except November 27) 

Spring: Fridays, January 4 through June 11 (except February 19, March 19, and April 16)


Register for Forest School

    • We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please call or email with inquiries about the program: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585.271.4320.
    • Please read the parent handbook before registering your child: DOWNLOAD HANDBOOK

 


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