Fostering a Sense of Wonder for the Natural World
We are excited to announce that Saplings has received our Interm certificate and will be opening a Kindergarten to Grade 4 Independent Nature School in September 2022!
Aware of the countless benefits that educating outdoors has on student motivation and engagement, we wanted to disrupt the idea that the traditional four-walled classroom is the best and only place to stimulate learning and teach children.
And we were not alone!
Together with our educators and foundational families, Saplings is a community program which teaches children to be active citizens and engage critically in the world around them while also connecting deeply to Place. Saplings educators strive to guide students in their learning through providing provocations which will open the doors for exploration. Our project-based approach to both indoor and outdoor classrooms allow students to delve deeply into diverse topics while following their ideas and interests. By helping students gain the strong foundational skills of asking broad questions, noticing details, and thinking through issues, educators encourage students to really engage with their learning.
We are excited to grow with our Saplings and will be accepting Grade 5 in September 2023.
What parents are saying:
"I drive from South East Van with her little brother in the car, juggling naps and pick up across a bridge so that she can be at Saplings. The teachers are like no where else: the knowledge combined with an outstanding open mind makes for a creative learning that is rare. My daughter’s physical confidence has exploded from being trusted to conquer the forest. Her emotional skills and understanding of others is nurtured. Lastly, I feel heard when I communicate with anyone in the school. I promise you Saplings is the best kept secret in the lower mainland."
- Kindergarten Parent
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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.