Foresthood

Connecting kids to nature.

See our Child and Nature Alliance of Canada profile

We deliver programs all year round in natural forested areas in Winnipeg. Our programs are listed below and registration is always open.

We also deliver Foresthood programming to groups, please contact us to design a program.

Full Days for 4-11 year olds
In Assiniboine Forest, $40 + GST/day PD Days Registration

Drop off between 8:30 and 9:00 am
Pick up between 3:30 and 4:00 pm

  • January 5th – all divisions – during the holiday break!
  • February 2nd – all divisions
  • March 2nd – Louis Riel SD
  • March 9th – DSFM
  • March 16th – all divisions
  • March 26th – all divisions – Spring Break!
  • March 27th – all divisions – Spring Break!
  • March 28th – all divisions – Spring Break!
  • March 29th – all divisions – Spring Break!
  • April 20th – all divisions
  • May 7th – WSD
  • June 8th – Louis Riel SD
  • June 15th – Pembina Trails & St. James
  • Did we miss a non-instructional day? Just let us know and we will add the date!

    If you’d like to promote non-instructional Foresthood Days to your students and their families you can download a flyer here.Foresthood PD Day Flyer

    Forest Babies (with an adult) for 18-36 months 

    Thursdays, April 5 to May 24, 2018,9am to 11am in Crescent Drive Park, $160+GST Spring Forest Babies Registration

    Half Days for 3-6 year olds 

    Tuesdays, February 20 to March 20, 2018, 9:30 to 11:30 am, St. Vital Park, $125+GST,Foresthood 3-6 year olds 2018 Registration Package

    Tuesdays, April 3 to May 22, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Crescent Drive Park, $200+GST,Foresthood 3-6 year olds 2018 Registration Package

    Wednesdays, April 4 to May 23, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, King’s Park, $200+GST,Foresthood 3-6 year olds 2018 Registration Package

    Fridays, April 6 to May 25, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, King’s Park, $200+GST,Foresthood 3-6 year olds 2018 Registration Package

    Register soon, limited spaces available.

    Completed forms can be faxed to 204-415-4327, emailed to krista@experiencemomenta.com,

    or mailed to 984 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB, R3G 0R6

    Principal Educator

    Lise Brown is our lead staff for Foresthood. Lise has been an outdoor educator for more than 20 years and is a Forest School Practitioner. Lise began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. In 2006, Momenta was founded to meet a need in Manitoba to provide year-round, accessible therapeutic adventure programming that meets best practice and is research-based. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation in 2001, a Masters of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012, the Forest School Practitioner training in 2015, and will be completing the Forest School Instructor training in 2017. Lise combines these areas of practice to provide organizational direction, facilitate groups and mentor individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity and group cohesion.

    + Research Supporting Foresthood +

    “The Forest School movement first originated in the Scandinavian countries, where popular culture prides itself on outdoor living. About 15 years ago, the Forest School idea was established in the UK through the development of practitioner courses. In 2007, the first Forest School was opened in Canada. Today the movement is catching on quickly around the world.”
    + O’Brien & Murray, 2006 & MacEachren, 2013
    “Children receive many benefits from spending their formative years outside. Being outdoors provides diverse learning opportunities, … Health benefits arise from an environment that challenges physical ability, including fine and gross motor skills”
    + MacEachren,2013
    “Risky active play is an important part of childhood risk doesn’t mean courting danger like skating on a half-frozen lake or sending a preschooler to the park alone. It means the types of play children see as thrilling and exciting, where the possibility of physical injury may exist, but they can recognize and evaluate challenges according to their own ability.”
    + Tremblay, M. S, et. al, 2015