FAQs

Will masks be required?
Students are not required to wear masks outdoors, but physical distancing will be encouraged. We ask that students carry masks with them for those awesome moments when we find a bug, critter, plant, or other natural surprise that leaves us all wanting to lean in close.When indoors (which will be rare), children ages 2 and up will be required to wear masks.

 

Does nature school cover the Ontario curriculum?
Scugog Nature School provides a unique learning environment that has a student-led philosophy where we educate the whole child.Instructors develop lessons and learning objectives around what inspires students, linking, where appropriate, to the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum.

 

What happens in inclement weather?
At Scugog Nature school children will be outside, learning and engaging with the natural environment regardless of the weather. As such, we recommend your children arrive with appropriate clothing. You can find a gear list in the Parent Handbook.In rare instances of severe weather, including thunderstorms, heavy rain, heavy snow, strong winds, and severe temperatures, indoor learning spaces are available.

 

Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend Scugog Nature School?
Scugog Nature School participants should be able to toilet themselves independently, without adult support. Little Sprouts participants must have a parent/guardian with them at all times who will be responsible for toileting/diapering.

 

Is there a lunch program or snacks offered at Scugog Nature School?
Students must bring a packed peanut-free lunch and snacks to Nature School. At times, students will make snacks such as bannock as part of a lesson, and they can anticipate eating fresh vegetables from our large organic garden during the fall session.

Scugog Nature School is a nut-aware centre, but we cannot guarantee that there will not be traces of nuts at our facility.

 

What are the benefits of Scugog Nature School?
Students who attend Nature School benefit from a unique learning experience where they are able to develop theories, questions, and ideas that drive the learning process.

There are many awesome benefits including:

  • Improved self-regulation and academic achievement
  • Improved interpersonal skills (social, communication, motivation, and confidence)
  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Improved concentration and self-discipline
  • Improved creativity and resilience