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Forest School on the Mountain

Inspired by the Forest School educational approach, the nature immersion program developed by Les amis de la montagne is a fun and unique way for youngsters to reconnect with the natural environment through hands-on learning, creativity and play. Guided by their interests and curiosity, pint-size nature lovers explore Mount Royal and learn about its biodiversity and protection with seasoned instructors.

Please note that our Forest School program is conducted in French. 

Our Forest School on Mount Royal is off for the summer! Subscribe to our newsletter for news and information about future registration dates and activities for children.
In partnership with the Table de la petite enfance d’Outremont, Les amis de la montagne invites families with children aged 0 to 3 years old to reconnect with the environment by sharing a fun and relaxing moment in nature at the Outremont Summit. Activities provide learning adventures guided by the elements and seasons, awakening children’s curiosity and motor skills.

This activity is made possible thanks to the financial support of Avenir d'enfants.

This activity is geared for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by at least one adult member of the family during the activity, but grandparents, aunts and uncles are also welcome!

Meeting place: Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park (Outremont Summit)
In partnership with the Table de la petite enfance d’Outremont, Les amis de la montagne invites families with children aged 3 to 5 years old to reconnect with the environment by sharing a fun and relaxing moment in nature at the Outremont Summit. Activities provide learning adventures guided by the elements and seasons, awakening children’s curiosity and motor skills.

This activity is made possible thanks to the financial support of Avenir d'enfants.

This activity is geared for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by at least one adult family member during the activity, but grandparents, aunts and uncles are also welcome!

Meeting place: Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park (Outremont Summit)
Preschoolers sing with the birds, dance in the rain and play in the woods during this activity specially designed for little ones and their parents. Guided by qualified environmental educators, children develop a sense of well-being in nature while discovering Mount Royal and its environment. 

Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult family member during the activity. All accompanying adults must be registered beforehand in the family file in our online reservation system.

Meeting place: Smith House, Mount Royal Park
Young explorers discover the diverse habitats of Mount Royal in fun ways (blindfolded, crawling on all fours, etc.) and learn about its fauna and flora while making new friends! This program aims to sharpen children’s senses and awaken their natural instincts. Children are accompanied by experienced instructors.

Meeting place: Smith House, Mount Royal Park
Participants explore Mount Royal woodlands while nurturing a community spirit. Under the wing of an experienced instructor, children lead outdoor experiences, develop a connection with nature and learn about fauna and flora and the importance of protecting them.

Meeting place: Smith House, Mount Royal Park
Exploring the forests of Mount Royal, young people cultivate their autonomy and community spirit. By being masters of their experiences, they are accompanied and encouraged to become involved in the preservation of Mount Royal, becoming ambassadors for mountain conservation.

Meeting place: Smith House, Mount Royal Park 
Our Parent Handbook provides additional information on the Forest School movement and our program on the mountain, as well as tips on what to wear and bring according to the weather. The Parent Handbook is usually emailed to parents a few days before the activity.
 

Today’s youth are spending less and less time in nature, with the resulting consequences on their health and well-being. National educational programs in countries such as Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom have shown that regular contact with nature improves children’s motivation, concentration, motor skills, health, self-confidence and social skills.

In Canada, the Forest School movement has taken root thanks to initiatives by parents and associations such as Child & Nature Alliance of Canada. This nature-inspired teaching method aims to provide an immersive experience allowing children to develop strong emotional ties to the local natural environment and a healthy lifestyle while fostering their overall development.

Forest School teaching explores such issues as:
  • Our affective link with nature
  • Introducing children from a very early age to nature
  • Exposing children in urban areas to nature
  • The importance of daily contact with local nature
  • The importance of having a chaperone to facilitate the experience and make links with the broader natural world
  • The role of families
  • Parents’ fear of leaving children alone in nature
  • The link between nature and health
Forest School on the Mountain with Les amis de la montagne seeks to create links between children, nature and Mount Royal. Young members take their first step towards becoming the next generation of mountain custodians as they learn about the natural environment, the weather and the seasons through experience.

Depending on the age of your child, you can accompany them as they discover Mount Royal or leave them with our experienced instructors so that they can enjoy nature throughout the seasons and become familiar with the fauna and flora of the mountain.

Are activities adapted for children or families who do not speak French?

Activities are mostly in French, but our educators will translate in English if and when necessary.

Can another adult accompany my child during the activity?

Yes, but you must first add the name of the accompanying adult in your family file in our online reservation system when you register your child. If this information changes during the season, please make sure to add the adult to your family file and notify us. Note that the child is at all times under the responsibility of the accompanying adult. In case of emergency, all actions taken will be at the discretion of the accompanying adult.

I would like to register my two children in each age group (0 to 3 years old and 3 to 5 years old) for the Saturday family activity. Can I benefit from the family discount?

Yes. To do you, simply register your two children in their respective age groups. You will then automatically obtain the discount.

Can I bring my stroller to the Saturday family activity?

Yes, but you might be limited in your movements with the group. We recommend you use a baby carrier, if possible.

Can I bring my baby with me during the parent-child activity and, if so, must I pay for him or her?

If your baby is 12 months or younger, you can bring him or her with you at no cost. In this case, the baby should be carried by the parent in a baby carrier as strollers are not recommended for this activity.

Please note that this activity is designed for children aged 3 to 5 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you wish to participate in a family activity with two children aged 0 to 5, we suggest you sign up for our Saturday family activity.

I would like to register my child for Forest School on the Mountain but the activity is already full. Is there a waiting list?

No, there is no waiting list for this program.

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What payment methods do you accept?

Accepted modes of payment are VISA and Mastercard. Please note that payment is necessary to reserve your child’s spot. A $50 non-refundable fee is applied for cancellations. No refund will be given within seven days of the start of the activity, unless a written medical certificate is presented.

You are a teacher or would like to organize nature outings for groups of children?

We can tailor-made a nature immersion activity programs on Mount Royal specially for groups. For more information, please contact Emily Coffey at ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

You are a teacher or would like to organize a school field trip to Mount Royal?

Les amis de la montagne also offers a wide variety of educational and recreational activities for children. Consult our list of activities for schools and children groups for details. For more information, please contact Emily Coffey at ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca.
 
For more information on our Forest School on the Mountain, please contact Emily Coffey at 514 843-8240, ext. 221 or by email at ecoffey@lemontroyal.qc.ca

For questions relative to registration, reservations or cancellations, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 235 or write to reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca.