Established 2008

Our school is nestled in the forest in South Gillies, Ontario, hence the name, "The Forest School".  It started before the Forest School Movement became a thing, and the name became associated with a brand of sorts.  So, to be clear, although we share similar values, beliefs and guiding principals, we are not ultimately connected to the Forest Schools Movement.


Painting by Ned Bittinger from the book When the Root Children Wake Up

THE FOREST SCHOOL is an alternative learning centre that believes learning can be a wondrous adventure, and that people learn best by doing. The programs offered are hands-on, and experiential in nature.  They combine freedom with form and take place both indoors and outdoors.


The primary goals are to:


  • Develop the whole child,
    mind body and spirit;

  • Nurture an understanding of the
    interconnectedness of all things,

    and with that an environmental
    and social responsibility;

  • Nurture/inspire an excitement for learning
    and an understanding that it can be a
    wondrous adventure;

  • Create a community that honours children as individuals, and
    that values and respects the similarities and differences in all of us;

  • Facilitate learning that is theme-based and largely learner directed;
  • Involve the wider community through service, field trips and apprenticeships.





“Education is not
the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire"

- William Butler Yeats


IMAGINE a place where children feel valued and respected, are a part of a community that supports their uniqueness, that is gentle and kind, that feeds their curiosity and love of learning, and that helps develop their self confidence and self reliance.  

IMAGINE a place that is grounded in a desire to nurture peaceful, creative, intelligent people who truly care about the earth and the people on it. The Forest School is this place.

New Program


- Children aged
6 to 10 years old

Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Children ages
9 and over












"A World Worth Imagining" is a children's book written by Forest School founder, Sue Holloway, illustrated by Amanda Clark, and inspired by the Forest School Children.  It tells the story of a young girl who sees what has become in a world guided by respect and compassion. 

This heartwarming tale of hope is for young and old alike.


> Connect here to learn more about the book, or get your own copy.








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