Our School

We welcome you to discover a unique learning opportunity for children located in Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada.

The following make up our 2021-2022 School Year Offerings:

Forest Pre-School & Kindergarten : (ages 3 to 5)

Our early childhood program is about play; about being comfortable outdoors and being part of a living community of other children, adults and the natural world. Drawing inspiration from Enki, Waldorf and Nature Schools, the Knowlesville Forest Kindergarten engages the whole child – head, heart and hands.  We set up our play and learning spaces outdoors as much as possible during the fall and the spring under the canopy of the forest by the larger school building.  Through the woods, past the frog pond and out through the cedar grove, our meadow garden has veggies for harvesting and a wide-open field for movement games.  This is the realm of the young child.  A place where the natural world is home-base and we make and grow things with our hands.

DETAILS: We offer a full 4-day nature immersion kindergarten program, Mondays to Thursdays from 9 – 2:30 pm from September to early June.  Enrolment for next fall opens June 1st and space is limited to 8 children this year.  The fall session is full of outdoor exploration, harvest fun in the garden, apple picking & cider making, baking and art as always. The cost is $1600 per term (for a stand alone term) or $3000 for the 2021-2022 school year (plus a one-time $100 materials fee due upon registration). * A 20% sibling discount will be applied automatically for any additional children from the same family.

The lead teacher for this class, Leah (Sparrow) Houghton, comes with an extensive Wilderness Education background (including 3 years at the Alderleaf Wilderness College & 2 years as the Art & Nature Early Childhood Educator at our centre) She has a deep love and respect for children.  She is also taking the foundation courses for the Enki Education Teacher Training.
2021-2022 Forest-Kindergarten & Early Elementary Registration form

Grade 1-8 Collaborative Enki-Inspired School:
(ages 6 to 13)

For 2021-2022 we are offering a hybrid teacher-led + homeschooling support program meant to provide a vibrant learning community for your family.  We are following a Global Cultures, Art-Intensive approach for our curriculum that draws primarily from Enki Education.  There will be 3 classes as follows : Early Elementary for Grades 1& 2; Senior Elementary for Grades 3-5 and Middle School for Grades 6-8.  Full Details here.

Enrichment Programs:

“Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses – their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.” – Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

Nature Immersion Enrichment is an outdoor program for children that builds connections with the natural world through exploration, play and artistic creations.

Wild Child Program (ages 3-7) 

For families wanting to participate in a forest school but not wanting to commit full time, we are offering spaces for children to join in this one-day-a-week nature immersion program.   Cost is $100/month.

Wild Child Enrichment 2021-2022 Registration Form

Art & Nature Enrichment Saturdays (ages 8+) Bi-weekly 9-3pm

Every other Saturday we offer a diverse range of experiences to enrich your student’s education. Many of our days are spent in the woods, where students are given a chance to develop and deepen their connection with the natural world through
projects such as building and cooking over a fire, wood carving, and learning to use wild edible and medicinal plants. We also do handcrafts, play plenty of games, and go on field trips. Join us on Enrichment Saturdays for a year of adventures!

This year our Enrichment program is taking place at Fairlight Farm where students get to experience life on an off-grid farm with many small animals and the beautiful diversity of woods and upper meadows.

Enrichment Saturday 2021-2022 Registration Form

New to the School?   We have an application and enrolment process in place to allow families to gain a better understanding of our school offerings and to assess both the opportunities and limitations that our small school can offer.

You can find the application here.

The application and enrolment process:

We welcome inquiries from parents and families wishing to learn more about the Knowlesville Art & Nature School offerings. The following application and enrolment process is designed to help families understand what the school brings to their children, and how they can support their children’s education at the Art & Nature School.

STEP 1: Arrange a Tour or attend an Open House: Tours can be booked by contacting the School Director. Open Houses are scheduled periodically throughout the year.

STEP 2: Complete an Application.

STEP 3: Interview with the Class Teacher and/or School Director: The parents and student(s) will attend an interview with the class teacher.

STEP 4: After the interview, students applying to the grades program ideally will be able to visit the class for 1-3 days. They will have the opportunity to experience the school day with their peers and the teacher will have the opportunity to see the child at work in the class.  Alternatively, if applying when the school is not in session, we recommend that your child(ren) enrol in our summer nature camps to start making connections with the land and community that support the school.

STEP 5: Acceptance: Once the student has been accepted by the teacher, an acceptance letter will be sent and the family will have 2 weeks to book an enrolment meeting.

STEP 6: Complete Enrolment Contract and Payment Schedule with our office administrator.

Knowlesville Art & Nature School and COVID-19

As required by NB Public Health, we do have a Covid Operational Plan.  In broad strokes, it is the core responsibility of parents to do the daily pre-screening before sending children to any of our programs.  On our end, the KANS will keep our groups small, go outside every day and offer options for supporting continuous learning at home in the event that a family is required to self-isolate or our region goes into lockdown.  An overview of our current operational plan is available upon request.

Please contact us more information about any of our programs or to arrange a visit, by e-mailing info@knowlesvillenature.ca or call the school at 506-375-6400.

School-wide Curriculum Goals:

At the Art & Nature School we offer opportunities for children to explore and learn in ways that engage their whole being and cultivates independent thinking and creative problem-solving.  We use a combination of Waldorf and Enki Inspired Curriculum that nurtures the head, heart and hands of the children.

The HEAD
Thinking and Knowledge

The Art & Nature School’s emphasis is not on what to think but on how to think. It embraces complexity  through simple acts. To be truly prepared for the future, it will not only be necessary to discover unknown answers to a given problem, it will be necessary to define the problem, ask the right questions, and envision many different solutions.

The HEART
Feelings and Motivation

We feel that all people have vitality, wisdom and compassion at their core.  We strive for a learning community that engages the hearts of the children to help uncover their own inherent capacity to care about themselves and their fellow human beings; to discover the wonder and inter-relationships in this world, and to experience many ways to engage and create.  Artistic activities (painting, drawing, drama, music, and handicrafts) are part of the school experience each day.  They foster a heartfelt connection between the student and the subject and make education more meaningful and memorable.

The HANDS
Purposeful Activity

The goal of education is to instill confidence and fosters self-esteem in order to find a meaningful path in a complex and confusing world where self-determination and strong character are needed.  Handwork includes knitting, woodworking, sewing, gardening, cooking and general care of their school environment.  All of these meaningful tasks help to create responsible free individuals who can ultimately contribute to the vitality of their families and communities.

Spirituality

Our school families come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. The curriculum is not based on a particular religious doctrine. Rather, it is based on the belief that there is a spiritual dimension to each human being that also requires nurturing.

Affordability

The Knowlesville Art & Nature School is run primarily on the volunteer spirit of our team.  Our lead teachers are qualified teachers who are offering their teaching abilities at below market salaries because they are passionate about making a rural school in a natural setting a reality.  Our specialty teachers come from the school parents and the local community and include artists, yoga instructors, carpenters and language & culture specialists who very generously give their time and add richness to the classroom on a regular basis.  All this has made it possible to work with families to make tuition affordable for families of diverse economic realities.

KAN School Vision:

The KAN provides a holistic nature-connected environment for ourselves and our children. We started in 2008 with a Forest Kindergarten, which has evolved to including a homeschool collective for children up to grade 8. Inspired by Waldorf & ENKI pedagogies, we strive to nurture through heart connection the inherent vitality and wisdom of our shared human journey.

* ENKI is an art-enriched global cultures program. The foundation of ENKI is the nurturing of the inherent vitality, wisdom and compassion which exists in every child. All programming offered through the Knowlesville Art and Nature School uses this foundation as a starting point  and guiding principle. We are excited to be pioneering this rich educational pedagogy in New Brunswick, Canada.