Scugog Nature School provides outdoor, inquiry-based learning to children ages 1 to 13. Through spontaneous outdoor play, children expand their understanding of math, science, art, language, and physical education while gaining confidence and self-esteem. Learning outcomes are based on real-time explorations and experiences rather than predetermined concepts.

We’re located in Nestleton, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Scugog with over 300 acres of the beautiful natural landscape to explore.


Little Sprouts – Ages 1-5 years with guardian | Monday, Friday mornings

Bumblebees – Ages 4-8 years | Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Minnows – Ages 4-8 years | Mondays (Half-day)
Herons – Ages 9-13 years | Thursdays
Young Naturalists – Ages 9-13 years | Series of Monthly Workshops

Summer Day Camp – Ages 4-13 years | July & August

PA Day Programs – Ages 4-13 years

March Break Camp – Ages 4-13 years

About Scugog Nature School

Imagine a classroom without walls, where the forest is your child’s playground. Trees, animals, and birds are not just characters of books, but our friends and teachers too.

Welcome to our Invisible School.

Learn more about a day at SNS


While we often find their tracks when out on adventures, we finally have video evidence of some of our forest friends! 🦌🦝We’re so thankful to Canadian Tire Port Perry for their donation of these awesome trail cameras so we can learn more about the creatures who call our forests home! Want to explore with us this summer? We’ve got just a few spaces left for our Summer Day Camp! Visit to join the fun! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Scugog Nature School
What better way to end our session than by having a marshmallow roasting “competition!”At SNS, some friendly competition can be lots of fun. It’s even better when we can all be winners (and eat our toasted marshmallows)! Want to join the fun? We still have spaces for our Summer Day Camp! Visit to apply! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Scugog Nature School
✨Collections✨There are so many wonderful things we can collect at SNS: friendships, slugs, leaves, shells…the list could go on forever! Today our Bumblebees 🐝 had the chance to collect some treasures out of nature to decorate their frames to take home! A lovely momento and reminder of all the fun we’ve had this session at Scugog Nature School! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Scugog Nature School
❓Have you ever considered what you’d bring in order to survive in the forest? What would your priorities be?Today our Herons discussed just that! Together, we made a list of all the things we could bring before whittling it down to the absolute essentials. After narrowing down our list, we packed up and headed out for an all-day adventure into the forest where we put some of these items to use: building fires and setting up tarp shelters! 🔥 ⛺️ If only our day didn’t have to end at 3:30pm. We’d sure have had a blast testing our handiwork for real! ... See MoreSee Less
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