Our Approach

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 students’ natural curiosity about the world in which they live. It places students’ questions and ideas at the centre of the learning experience.

Experiential learning

At Scugog Nature School, children “learn by doing” then reflecting on the process, encouraging them to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for their results.

Place-based

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

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach us more than we can ever learn from books.”  – John Lubbock