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Fostering a sense of wonder for the Natural World

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“Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks and tadpoles” – Brook Hampton.

“My son loves the Saplings Outdoor Program. We enrolled him to attend the programs at Hay Park and Gleneagles Community Centre and both were extremely well run. Our son loves the teachers, and has also made close friends over the past 2 years. Because of the Sapling program, he loves spending time outside learning about the plants and animals of BC. It is an experience that I wish I had growing up, but glad that my son is able to enjoy it today, while respecting and being one with nature. Thank you!

- James, Gleneagles Saplings parent.

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Saplings believes that nature is a child's best education. Fostering a child's sense of wonder for the great outdoors promotes lifelong learning and interest: inspirational, stimulating, and hands-on experiences manifest. The teacher is a resource to help children become aware of the important role nature plays in our lives. Being outdoors develops appreciation for the natural world and our responsibilities related to its preservation.

At Saplings we adapt to the natural pace of the children, and allow them to explore their interests to the fullest.

Each day at Saplings is a little bit different. We allow the children’s imagination to guide our exploration and discoveries. Some of the nature based activities include fort and shelter making competitions, fairyhouse building, nature art, and even creating your own bow and arrow! We value the importance of a flexible program which provide children with plenty of free-time to explore their own interests and enjoy the wonders around them.


"Declan comes home encouraged and exhausted with mud in his eyebrows. It is a delightful thing. ”


kids socks and shoes lined up on a creek edge

We acknowledge that we learn, work, and play on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.

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