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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 ages 0 to 12 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 protection with seasoned instructors in autumn, winter and spring.

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

Fall registration for the Forest School will begin on August 23, 2018. To register, visit our online reservation system.

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.
In partnership with the Table de la petite enfance d’Outremont, Les amis de la montagne invites families 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.

Fall 2018

Schedule:

The 6 sessions take place every other Saturday:
  • September 15 and 29
  • October 13 and 27
  • November 10 and 24
Two time slots are available:
  • Morning: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Rate:
  • $54 for a family with a child
  • $80 for a family with two or more children
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during this activity.

Places available: maximum 14 families per time slot
In partnership with the Table de la petite enfance d’Outremont, Les amis de la montagne invites families 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.

Fall 2018

Schedule:

The 6 sessions take place every other Saturday:
  • September 15 and 29
  • October 13 and 27
  • November 10 and 24
Two time slots are available:
  • Morning: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (FULL)
  • Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rate:
  • $54 for a family with a child
  • $80 for a family with two or more children
     
Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult during the activity.

Places available: maximum 14 families per time slot
 
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 guardian during this activity.

Fall 2018

Schedule:

The 6 sessions take place every second Wednesday, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
  • September 19
  • October 3, 17 and 31
  • November 14 and 28
Rate:
  • $75 per child
  • $110 for 2 children

Places available: maximum 15 children and 15 parents

Meeting place: Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Montréal, H3H 1A2
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.

This program is geared for children who will be in kindergarten or first grade during the 2018-2019 school year.
Children must be 5 or 6 years old on September 30, 2018. No exceptions.
 
Fall 2018

Schedule:

The 7 sessions take place every other Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
  • September 15 and 29
  • October 13 and 27
  • November 10 and 24
  • December 8
Price: $140 per child

Places available: 12

Meeting place: Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal, H3H 1A2
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.

This program is geared for children who will be in second or third year during the 2018-2019 school year.

Children must be 7 or 8 years old on September 30, 2018. No exceptions.

Fall 2018
 
Schedule:
 
The 7 sessions take place every second Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
  • September 15 and 29
  • October 13 and 27
  • November 10 and 24
  • December 8
Rate: $140 per child

Places available: 14

Meeting place: Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Montréal, H3H 1A2
 
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.
This program is geared for children who will be in the fourth, fifth or sixth grade during the 2018-2019 school year.

Children must be 9, 10 or 11 years old on September 30, 2018. No exceptions.

Fall 2018

Schedule :

4 sessions, one Saturday per month, from 9:30 am to 2 pm

Dates of the sessions:
  • September: 22
  • October: 20
  • November: 17
  • December: 15
Price: $ 160 per participant

Places available: 16

Meeting place: Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal, H3H 1A2
Participants in the Forest School on the Mountain program usually meet at Smith House in Mount Royal Park located at 1260 Remembrance Road or at the Édouard-Montpetit metro station for activities schedules on Outremont Summit. Location is specified upon registration.
Fall registration for the Forest School will begin on August 23, 2018. Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. 

To register, visit our online booking system.

To add your child to the waiting list, you must first create an account on our online reservation system.

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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.

If the activity is already fully booked, you can join a waiting list. If and when a spot becomes available, you will be advised and will have 24 hours to complete your online payment and secure your child’s place in the activity.
 

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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 made available a few days before the activity.
Les amis de la montagne also offers a wide variety of educational and recreational activities for children once they get older and start school. Consult our list of activities for schools and children groups for details.
For more information on our Forest School on the Mountain, please contact Maria Nacher, Head of School Programs by email at mnacher@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

For questions relative to registration, reservations or cancellations, please write to reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca.