The Pictou County Forest School is a not-for-profit organization offering nature immersion and outdoor education programming in our forest facility in Meadowville, NS. Established in the spring of 2021, we first offered Summer Nature Immersion Camps and offered a couple of day programs for community groups.
In September of 2021, we began offering year round programming for school aged children. Modelled after the highly successful Guelph Outdoor School, we have been using much of their proven programming and curriculum and working in close partnership with them for our initial sessions.
Programming at Pictou County Forest School consists of six 5-week sessions per school year. Children attend one day per week during each session.
PCFS operates during school hours – won’t my child fall behind?
This is the most common question from parents. Research and experience from other outdoor schools indicates that a child’s participation in a weekly nature immersion program supports success in their other weekly endeavours. This can mean higher grades, better focus, more positive social interactions, increased participation in family and household activities and chores, and a generally increased sense of autonomy and well-being.
Our programs are designed to complement conventional classroom learning and homeschooling/ unschooling choices. Our goal at PCFS is to work with schools and classroom teachers to help students reach their full potential.