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Does your child enjoy playing outdoors?

We're thrilled to announce our collaboration with Le Nichoir Wild Bird Conservation Centre during the Winter season.

Spring Session: April 9 - June 21. 11 Weeks total.

Note: We are Closed Monday, April 8th due to the solar eclipse & Monday, May 20.

We are offering a 'Big Kids Adventure' program for ages 7-12 on Wednesdays  from 9:30am - 2:30pm! (see below)

Our Spring Session is located back at Sandy Beach Park and the Hudson Community Centre.

Registration is first come, first served, to a maximum of 12 children in each session. Did you know that you can claim the registration fees for a tax credit with Revenue Quebec?

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Summer Treasure Camp! July 2 - 12. Ages 5-7, maximum of 16 children to explore the treasures found in Sandy Beach park!

Part-Time Program

Options are Monday - Friday mornings, afternoons or full days

AM 8:30 - 11:30am | PM 12:30 - 3:30pm | FULL Day 8:30am - 3:30pm 

You have the option to sign up for ONE three-hour session and/or up to four FULL days.

Full-Time Spring Program:

Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 3:30pm full-time is an option for children ages 3-7 years old.

Note: To attend the Full-Time or the Afternoon Program children must be toilet trained.

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Sample Daily Schedule

Below is a general outline of a three-hour session in the AM or PM. Depending on the season and group dynamic these times are flexible. Our aim is to learn and be in nature to cultivate a deep inquiry into your child's interest and to build strong nature connections over time.

Meeting Time

We begin our time together outside our winter tent located on the SW corner of the property of Le Nichoir in Hudson. Parents are welcome to join or drop off. The first hour children spend time exploring different areas of the forest and spaces engaging while greeting other children. We slowly gather inside the tent into a formal meeting circle where we might sing a welcome song, or a story, or share how we are feeling and what we are excited or curious about for our time together in the forest.

**Please ensure your child brings a healthy snack and a water bottle,  and is dressed ready to play with nature and handle the weather!

Play Time

The next hours we spend getting to know each other, our environment and ourselves through sensory awareness games, purposeful skill-building, and exploratory time moving and discovering nature. The child is seen as the center of learning and our teachers engage with their interests, guiding and engaging with them through play. Choices are offered to encourage role play, games, social interactions, and language development. We will take time in the tent to warm up, and then head back outside to play!

Our program connects with primary program principles from the Quebec Ministry of EducationForest School CanadaReggio Emelia Approaches, and from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Closing Time

We bring grounding and calmness to close our time together with time spent in silent reflection. Each child chooses a space alone to observe and notice nature and time to quietly reflect on their day. Children have the option to draw or journal their reflections. We end with a formal closing circle inside the tent and the opportunity for each child to share their favourite moments, and a word of thankfulness and we close together in a song or story. Parents can meet us back at our meeting space by the tent at Le Nichoir. 

Please be on time! 

*If your child spends the full day with us, please pack a lunch (maybe something warm) and an extra snack. To respect food allergies we are a nut-free environment and discourage the sharing of food.

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Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve - Our Meeting Place

637 Main St. We enter and meet outside the winter tent behind Le Nichoir in the back SW corner of the property, entering from the right side of the path towards Clarke Sydenham Nature Reserve. Parking is south on Main St. in the St. James' parking lot across from St. James' Church.

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Sandy Beach - Our Meeting Place

Past the Hudson Community Center at 394 Rue Main, and across the train tracks on Beach Road, you will find the gated entrance to Sandy Beach Park. This is where drop off and pick up happen. Our meeting place is inside the gate to the park.

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Consent Form

Please download and review the consent form prior to completing your registration.

A form will be sent online for you to sign before the first day of the program.

Note: Parking can be found at the Hudson Community Center or on the street beside the entrance of Sandy Beach Park. A permit is required during certain seasons of the year, most of the year it is free.

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