Exploring Nature - Outdoor Learning Program

 Exploring Nature Outdoor Learning Program

Our Exploring Nature Outdoor Learning Program is a learning program for children 4 to 8 years old that runs for two months in the Summer (July and August). 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.


To Register

Information about registration for 2022 will be released in January or February. Please email outdoor@uoguelph.ca if you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified when registration information is available.


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



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.