Nature School Ottawa

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING 2021 OPEN NOW

​About Nature School Programs

We offer nature school programs for ages 0-16 at Just Food Farm/Green’s Creek in Blackburn Hamlet throughout the year. Nestled in Ottawa’s Green Belt, our outdoor classroom consists of over 120 acres of beautiful forest, streams, and meadows to explore!

For a closer glimpse at what our programs are like and sample activities, check out our about section. Scroll to the bottom of this page for our cancellation policy and registration policy.

If cost is a barrier, please see our affordability page. We strive to make our programs affordable to all through scholarships, reduced rates, and payment plans. Payment Plan option is a deposit upon registration and 3 monthly installments, paid January 1, February 1, and March 1.

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​​Location of all Ottawa programs: 
Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court, Blackburn Hamlet 

See directions

Child-to-Adult Mentor Ratio: 4:1 for kindergarten-age, 5:1 for school-age and 6:1 for teens
Maximum enrollment for each program:
12 for kindergarten-age; 15 for school-age, 12 for teens

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Winter/Spring 2021 Programs

Kindergarten-Age (4-6)

Schedule

Tuesdays 
AM: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PM: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dates: January 5 – June 15

*No class March 16

Fee

​$700

By Payment Plan: $175 deposit + 3 monthly installments of $175

See affordability for
​scholarships & other options

School-Age (6-12)

Schedule

Mondays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  January 4 – June 14*
(Bilingual)
*No class on: February 15, March 15, April 5, May 24

 

Wednesdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  January 6 – June 16*
(Bilingual)
*No class on: March 17

Thursdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  January 7 – June 17*
(Bilingual)
*No class on: March 18

Fridays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  January 8 – June 18*
*No class on: March 19, April 2

Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dates:  January 9 – June 19*
(Bilingual)
*No class on: March 20, April 3

Fee

Monday: $1200

Wednesday: $1380

Thursday: $1380

Friday: $1320

Saturday: $900

By Payment Plan: $345 deposit + 3 monthly installments of $285, $345, $325 or $185

See affordability for
​scholarships & other options

Teens (12-16)

Schedule

Wednesdays  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates: January 6 – June 16*

*No class on: March 17

Fee

$1380 

By Payment Plan: $345 deposit + 3 monthly installments of $345

See affordability for
​scholarships & other options


Registration Policy

Pre-Registration

To support long-term mentoring relationships, we offer pre-registration privileges to participants who were registered in Nature School the previous session (ex: those who were registered in Fall 2020 will be offered pre-registration for Winter/Spring 2021). Registration instructions will be emailed to all those qualifying for pre-registration. A deadline will be provided for pre-registration.

Open Registration

Following pre-registration, open registration is publicly available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates for open registration are communicated on our website, newsletter, and social media.

Waitlists

If a program is full, you can register for the waitlist. There is no fee for being on a waitlist; however, we ask that you only add yourself to the waitlist for programs that you are interested in and available to join. If a spot becomes available, we’ll contact you by phone or via the primary email address provided with a specific deadline to accept or decline (typically 48 hours). If nothing is heard by the deadline, we’ll offer the spot to the next person on the waitlist.

Spots are typically offered in the order that waitlist registrations are received. As gender and age balance is very important to support diversity and group dynamics within our programs, we may also prioritize waitlist registrations on this basis.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your child’s enrollment in the program, we can issue a full refund minus a $100 administrative fee up until 3 weeks before the program start date. Between 3 weeks and 1 week before the program starts, we can issue a 50% refund. Regrettably, cancellations made later than 1 week before the program start date cannot be refunded. 

If a program is canceled by Earth Path before the start date, full refunds minus a $25 emergency cancellation fee will be offered. After the program start date, if we cancel any in-person classes due to COVID-19, we will offer a 50% prorated refund per day missed to be assessed and credited/refunded at the end of the session. For Nature School programs, we will offer online learning opportunities during any cancelation period.