Wild Child Program

The Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre is proud to be partnering with the Sierra Club Atlantic to launch The Wild Child Program in New Brunswick

The Wild Child Nature Immersion program is an environmental education program offered by Sierra Club Foundation of Canada – Atlantic Chapter. This program is designed to strengthen the environmental component of existing child care services and give children an increased opportunity to experience, explore, and play in a safe, local, and natural setting. 

We use experiential activities, games, and art to help give our programs focus but also enable us to take advantage of teachable moments that arise in nature. We include some time for free play in our programs because we believe that free play is essential for healthy child development and that children are learning as they unleash their imaginations in wild spaces. 

This program will take place over the course of the school year at various childcare programs in New Brunswick. Each facility will be visited each season for 1 – 1.5 hours per visit. This program aims to support children’s natural inclination to be curious, explore, and play as well as connect with their environment.

Please make use of the following 4 Wild Child Seasonal Activities:

Winter – Wild Child Animal Tracks Summer – Wild Child Fairy Houses
Spring – Wild Child Nature’s Rainbow
Fall – Wild Child Stones

If your facility is interested in hosting the KAN Centre’s Wild child programming, please contact admin@knowlesvillenature.ca or call 375-6400

A little about Wild Child:

Wild Child gives children the opportunity to engage positively with the natural environments in their communities; through games, art, discussions and various fun activities, children learn about our native plants, animals and trees, and basic ecological concepts including; conservation, habitats, life cycles and more. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations, minds and bodies to explore wild places and discover all the wonders they have to offer. This nature immersion program is designed to strengthen the “outdoors” component of existing child care services, and was developed by Sierra Club in response to the growing body of research showing that children need experiences in the natural world for healthy development, addressing the issue of ‘nature deficit disorder’, where increasingly children are disconnected from nature in their day-to-day lives.

(From https://www.sierraclub.ca/en/wild-child)

 

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