Nature School Ottawa

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2021 OPENS JULY 21 AT 11AM

​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 instalments, paid September 1, October 1, and November 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: 6:1
Maximum enrollment for each program: 12

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Fall 2021 Programs

Fox Kits (ages 4-6)

Schedule

Tuesdays 
AM: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PM: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dates: Sept 14 – Dec 14

Thursdays 
AM: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PM: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dates: Sept 16 – Dec 16

Raccoons (ages 7-9)

Schedule

Mondays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  Sept 13 – Dec 13*
*No class on Oct 11

Wednesdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates: Sept 15 – Dec 15

Thursdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  Sept 16 – Dec 16

Fridays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates:  Sept 17 – Dec 17

Bobcats (ages 10-13)

Schedule

Mondays  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates: Sept 13 – Dec 13*
No class on Oct 11

Wednesdays  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates: Sept 15 – Dec 15

Fridays  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dates: Sept 17 – Dec 17

Saturday Skunks (ages 7-12)

Schedule

Saturdays  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dates: Sept 18 – Dec 18

Wildfire After School (ages 7-12)

Schedule

TBA

Oaks and Acorns (ages 0-3 + caregiver)

Schedule

Tuesdays  9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Dates: Sept 14 – Dec 14

Fee

​$440

Fee

Monday: $800

Wednesday: $860

Thursday: $860

Friday: $860

Fee

Monday: $800

Wednesday: $860

Friday: $860

Fee

$520

Fee

PWYC

Fee

$300


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 enrolment 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 cancelled by Earth Path 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 cancellation period.