Our Approach


To explore the true potential of each child by building deep and meaningful connections with oneself, others, and the natural environment. Children’s innate curiosity will be fostered through inquiry, experiential, and play and place based learning.


Community . Stewardship . Growth . Play . Respect

At Scugog Nature School, learning is…

Play Based

We recognize the importance of play in a child’s development, and its integral role in their cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. As said by Albert Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research”.

Inquiry Based

We focus on inquiry-based learning which builds on children’s natural curiosity about the world in which they live. It places their questions and ideas at the centre of the learning experience.


We provide children ample opportunities to learn by doing, reflecting on the process, encouraging them to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for their results.

Place Based

We build a foundation of knowledge through a focus on local nature, culture, and community are central to the lessons learned at Scugog Nature School.