Junior Field School (Age 4-7) 

Wonder. Wisdom. Wellness. Work

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What is Junior Field School?

Junior Field School is for 4 to 7 year-olds who have lots of energy, creativity, and curiosity. Our approach is experiential, adaptive and responsive so that each individual learner and family’s needs are addressed. Our outdoor classroom is inspired by  Reggio Emilia Approach where a Learner’s sense of wonderment is the driver of their education. Other inspirations for our field school model are Richard Louv’s Last Child In The Woods, Forest Learning and Inclusive Early Learning Environments with the focus supporting every learner’s sense of wonder, expanding wisdom, connection to wellness and ability to work towards developing resilience. Learn more about our amazing staff team here.

We run our program in two locations: Vancouver and Anmore/Port Moody.

 

Typical Day at Field School Early Learners

8:30 am – 9:15 am: Drop off and wellness check-in

9:15 am – 9:30 am: Welcome circle

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Nature exploration, games and snack nutrition

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Activities related to a monthly theme

11:30am – 12pm: Outdoor Skills lesson

12pm – 12:30pm: Lunch nutrition

12:30pm – 1:15pm: Siesta and Sit Spot

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Led Outdoor Activities (LOA) + snack nutrition

2:45pm – 2:30pm: Closing circle

3:00 – 3:30pm: Pick-up

 

Monthly Core Learning Themes:

April WONDER: Sea to Sky Exploration (Shuttle service is provided)

Focus: fostering a sense of curiosity and connection. Learners will build the primary skills needed to excel in the outdoor classroom, including physical literacy, risk management, food literacy, social-emotional learning, and teamwork. Learners will develop trust, endurance, and resiliency that will serve them throughout the semester- and life!

May – WELLNESS: Fuel Your Body, Fuel Your Mind (No shuttle service)

Focus: cultivating an appreciation for wellness. From sustainable gardening to food preparation, learners will explore the wonderful world of nutrition – hands on! Throughout the month, learners will continue to develop their physical fitness alongside gratitude and mindfulness practices, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, and creative expression. 

June – WISDOM:  Leadership and Community

Anmore Location: Buntzen Lake 

Focus: the celebration of individuality and community. Learners’ self-confidence will flourish as they build upon the skills they have accumulated throughout the semester.  Learners will develop their sense of individuality, responsibility, ownership, and connectedness.

A sneak peak at our summer semester…

July – WORK: Building and Practical Play

Anmore Location: TBA
Vancouver Location: Spanish Banks

Focus: teamwork, planning, and spatial thinking. Learners will take fort building to the next level… fort city! This month is all about putting a practical angle on creativity through collaborative, project-based building activities. As a result, learners will gain exposure and foundational experience in the world of engineering.

August – WILD: At Home in Nature

Anmore Location: TBA
Vancouver Location: Stanley Park

Focus: combining core competencies to create awesome adventures! From starting their own garden to bike adventures, Learners will demonstrate their understanding of risk management, stewardship, local plants, nutrition, woodworking and more to feel at home working and playing in nature.

September – THROUGH THE LENS: Capturing Wonder

Anmore Location: TBA
Vancouver Location: UBC
South Surrey Location: Crescent Beach
Abbotsford Location: TBA

Focus: creative expression and understanding basic visual composition through cameras. Learners will continue to explore the outdoors with a new ‘third eye’ – the lens. In doing so, they’ll learn about how to create beautiful images, paving the way to lifelong artistic literacy. We’ll finish off the month with an awesome slideshow for parents.

Core skills and competencies  

  • Community Stewardship
  • Food and Physical Literacy
  • Plant Identification
  • Positive Peer Relationship Building
  • SEL+R (Social Emotional Learning and Resilience) 
  • Risk Management and Adventure Play
  • Woodworking and Whittling
  • Arts, Crafts, Music and Imaginative Play
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Supports with Academics (reading, writing, math)

Junior Field School Semester Fees


Fees include one instructor (1:6 ratio), all learning curriculum, shuttling for 2-day field trips per week, admission and equipment. We run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm excluding statutory holidays and two professional development days per semester.

Full Summer Semester:

June 08 – June 24: Tuesday – Thursday
June 28 – July 2: School’s Out
July:  Monday to Friday
August 02 – 06: School’s Out
August 06 – September 03: Monday to Friday

Total: 52 days x $85 per day = $4420.00* 

Alternate Attendance Options:

Three days per week: $95 per day, $1,140* per month

One day per week: $115* per day

Drop-in: $135* per day

*GST not included

Vancouver Outdoor School’s Belief Statements

  • We believe learning needs to be flexible, intentional, student-centred and inspiring.
  • We believe you are never too young to be a steward of the earth, and a responsible citizen. Whether this means picking up litter or performing random acts of kindness, we fuel our learning days with caring. 
  • We believe kids, families and adults should play, learn, and explore in the outdoors, while learning to respect each other and the world.
  • We believe we are all connected spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally.
  • We believe you have an entire lifetime to be an adult and a short time to be a kid. That’s why we strive to provide kids (and adults, too!) with the ultimate “kid experience!”
  • We believe Indigenous people have a rightful title to the land and to their culture. We also believe we have much to learn from Indigenous people, and their thousands of years of teaching and sharing experience.

Vancouver Outdoor School’s Belief Statements

  • We believe learning needs to be flexible, intentional, student-centred and inspiring.
  • We believe you are never too young to be a steward of the earth, and a responsible citizen. Whether this means picking up litter or performing random acts of kindness, we fuel our learning days with caring. 
  • We believe kids, families and adults should play, learn, and explore in the outdoors, while learning to respect each other and the world.
  • We believe we are all connected spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally.
  • We believe you have an entire lifetime to be an adult and a short time to be a kid. That’s why we strive to provide kids (and adults, too!) with the ultimate “kid experience!”
  • We believe Indigenous people have a rightful title to the land and to their culture. We also believe we have much to learn from Indigenous people, and their thousands of years of teaching and sharing experience.
Other Resources:

For more information about our VOS Field School Overview, please click here: VOS Junior Field School

To ensure the most up-to-date COVID-19 health and safety practices, we follow the 2021 BC Outdoor Sector Led Outdoor Activity Guidelines.

We also follow the BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings.