Exploring Nature - Outdoor Learning Program


Summer 2019 Exploring Nature Outdoor Learning Program  - Program Full - please email for waitlist.

Our Exploring Nature Outdoor Learning Program is a learning program for children 4 to 8 years old that normally runs for two months in the Summer (July and August).  However, for the Summer of 2019, due to a playground construction project, it will run for the first 4 weeks of July only.  The program is led by our Registered Early Childhood Educators and Ontario Certified Teachers and follows an inquiry-based approach to learning in the outdoors. 

Learning Outcomes

Time spent learning in nature has been shown to have dramatic benefits for children's social, psychological and physical functioning.  Through this learning program, we aim to help children develop a lasting and meaningful relationship with nature that will help them become stewards of the environment.

As the outdoor environment provides a rich place for exploration and learning, there are many opportunities for connections to the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum for the primary grades, which could include understanding life systems, understanding structures and mechanisms, understanding matter and energy, and understanding earth and space systems. The focus of the programming will include daily exploration both inside and outside with intentionally planned experiences that will support the children's learning.

00 PM  Children will bring their own nut-free  lunches and snacks on a daily basis and must come dressed for the weather.  To Register We are now using a new University-based online registration  system. Please use the link below to register for your selected week(s) of the summer program. You will need to add the appropriate course to your cart (one per week), log in with your UofG Central Login or create a Family Account, and fill out the application under the Family Portal tab (one per child). Please feel free to email  outdoor@uoguelph.ca if you need any  assistance.

To Register

Please register through the University of Guelph Open Learning and Educational Support: (PDF instructions for using the enrollment portal are below)


Hours of Operation

Drop Off - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Programming - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Pick Up - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Additional Program Information

Children will bring their own nut-free lunches and snacks on a daily basis and must come dressed for the weather.  More detailed program information will be sent out to the registrants through email before the program starts.

Registration is by week.  If you would like to sign up for multiple weeks you will need to add each week separately to your cart.



Please email outdoor@uoguelph.ca with any questions.


Cancellation Policy

There are no full or partial refunds with less than two months’ notice of cancellation.