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Forest School on the Mountain

Inspired by the Forest School educational approach, the nature immersion program developed by Les amis de la montagne is a fun and unique way for youngsters to reconnect with the natural environment through hands-on learning, creativity and play. Guided by their interests and curiosity, pint-size nature lovers explore Mount Royal and learn about its biodiversity and protection with seasoned instructors.

Please note that our Forest School program is conducted in French.

Registration for the next season of Forest School will begin Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10 a.m.

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In partnership with the Table de la petite enfance d’Outremont, Les amis de la montagne invites families with children aged 0 to 3 years old to reconnect with the environment by sharing a fun and relaxing moment in nature at the Outremont Summit. Activities provide learning adventures guided by the elements and seasons, awakening children’s curiosity and motor skills.

This activity is made possible thanks to the financial support of Avenir d'enfants.

Four time slots are available:
 
  • Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: September 21, October 5 and 26, and November 9 and 23.
  • Saturday afternoons, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: September 21, October 5 and 26, and November 9 and 23.
  • Sunday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: September 22, October 6 and 27, and November 10 and 24.
  • Sunday afternoons, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: September 22, October 6 and 27, and November 10 and 24. 
Rates:
  • $60 for a family with one child
  • $90 for a family with two children
This activity is geared for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by at least one adult member of the family during the activity, but grandparents, aunts and uncles are also welcome!

Places available: maximum 16 children per time slot

Meeting place: Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park (Outremont Summit)

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In partnership with the Table de la petite enfance d’Outremont, Les amis de la montagne invites families with children aged 3 to 5 years old to reconnect with the environment by sharing a fun and relaxing moment in nature at the Outremont Summit. Activities provide learning adventures guided by the elements and seasons, awakening children’s curiosity and motor skills.

This activity is made possible thanks to the financial support of Avenir d'enfants.

Four time slots are available:
 
  • Saturday mornings, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following dates: September 21, October 5 and 26, and November 9 and 23.
  • Saturday afternoons, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: September 21, October 5 and 26, and November 9 and 23.
  • Sunday mornings, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following dates: September 22, October 6 and 27, and November 10 and 24.
  • Sunday afternoons, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: September 22, October 6 and 27, and November 10 and 24.
Rates:
  • $60 for a family with one child
  • $90 for a family with two children
This activity is geared for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by at least one adult family member during the activity, but grandparents, aunts and uncles are also welcome!

Places available: maximum 16 children per time slot

Meeting place: Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park (Outremont Summit)

Register now
Preschoolers sing with the birds, dance in the rain and play in the woods during this activity specially designed for little ones and their parents. Guided by qualified environmental educators, children develop a sense of well-being in nature while discovering Mount Royal and its environment.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult family member during the activity.

The 7 sessions take place on Wednesdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on the following dates:
 
  • September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20, and December 4.
​Rates:
  • $110 per child
Places available: maximum 16 children

Meeting place for the first session: Smith House, Mount Royal Park

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Young explorers discover the diverse habitats of Mount Royal in fun ways (blindfolded, crawling on all fours, etc.) and learn about its fauna and flora while making new friends! This program aims to sharpen children’s senses and awaken their natural instincts. Children are accompanied by experienced instructors.
This program is geared for children who are in kindergarten or first grade and who turned 5 or 6 years old on September 30 of the 2019-2020 school year. No exceptions allowed.

The 7 sessions take place on Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on the following dates:
 
  • September 14 and 28, October 19, November 2, 16 and 30, and December 14.
Rate:
  • $160 per child
Places available: 12

Meeting place for the first session: Smith House, Mount Royal Park

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Participants explore Mount Royal woodlands while nurturing a community spirit. Under the wing of an experienced instructor, children lead outdoor experiences, develop a connection with nature and learn about fauna and flora and the importance of protecting them.

This program is geared for children who are in second or third grade and who turned 7 or 8 years old on September 30 of the 2019-2020 school year. No exceptions allowed.

The 7 sessions take place on Saturdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on the following dates:
 
  • September 14 and 28, October 19, November 2, 16 and 30, and December 14.
Rate:
  • $160 per child
Places available: 14

Meeting place for the first session: Smith House, Mount Royal Park

Register now
Exploring the forests of Mount Royal, young people cultivate their autonomy and community spirit. By being masters of their experiences, they are accompanied and encouraged to become involved in the preservation of Mount Royal, becoming ambassadors for mountain conservation.

This program is geared for children who are in fourth, fifth or sixth grade and who turned 9, 10 or 11 years old on September 30 of the 2019-2020 school year. No exceptions allowed.

The 7 sessions take place on Sundays, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the following dates:
 
  • September 15 and 29, October 20, November 3 and 17, and December 1 and 15.
Rate:
  • $300 per participant
Places available: 16

Meeting place for the first session: Smith House, Mount Royal Park

Register now
The Parent Handbook will be available in early September and includes a wealth of information such as the daily schedule, rules and tips on what to pack in your child’s bag.

Today’s youth are spending less and less time in nature, with the resulting consequences on their health and well-being. National educational programs in countries such as Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom have shown that regular contact with nature improves children’s motivation, concentration, motor skills, health, self-confidence and social skills.

In Canada, the Forest School movement has taken root thanks to initiatives by parents and associations such as Child & Nature Alliance of Canada. This nature-inspired teaching method aims to provide an immersive experience allowing children to develop strong emotional ties to the local natural environment and a healthy lifestyle while fostering their overall development.

Forest School teaching explores such issues as:
  • Our affective link with nature
  • Introducing children from a very early age to nature
  • Exposing children in urban areas to nature
  • The importance of daily contact with local nature
  • The importance of having a chaperone to facilitate the experience and make links with the broader natural world
  • The role of families
  • Parents’ fear of leaving children alone in nature
  • The link between nature and health
Forest School on the Mountain with Les amis de la montagne seeks to create links between children, nature and Mount Royal. Young members take their first step towards becoming the next generation of mountain custodians as they learn about the natural environment, the weather and the seasons through experience.

Depending on the age of your child, you can accompany them as they discover Mount Royal or leave them with our experienced instructors so that they can enjoy nature throughout the seasons and become familiar with the fauna and flora of the mountain.

Are activities adapted for children or families who do not speak French?

Activities are mostly in French, but our educators will translate in English if and when necessary.

I would like to register my two children in each age group (0 to 3 years old and 3 to 5 years old) for the weekend family activity. Can I benefit from the family discount?

Yes. To do so, simply register your two children in their respective age groups. You will then automatically obtain the discount.

Can I bring my stroller to the weekend family activity?

Yes, but you might be limited in your movements with the group. We recommend you use a baby carrier, if possible.

Can I bring my baby with me during the Wednesday parent-child activity and, if so, must I pay for him or her?

If your baby is 12 months or younger, you can bring him or her with you at no cost. In this case, the baby should be carried by the parent in a baby carrier as strollers are not recommended for this activity.

Please note that this activity is designed for children aged 3 to 5 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you wish to participate in an activity with two children aged 0 to 5, we suggest you sign up for one of our weekend family activities.

I would like to register my child for Forest School on the Mountain but the activity is already full. Is there a waiting list?

Yes. You can register your child on a waiting list on the reservation system. Please keep in mind that a place on the waiting list does not guarantee you a spot; the movement on waiting lists is very unpredictable. You will be notified if there is a vacancy and you will have 24 hours to complete your registration and to make the payment which will reserve your spot.

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What payment methods do you accept?

Accepted modes of payment are VISA and Mastercard. Please note that payment is necessary to reserve your child’s spot. A $50 non-refundable administrative fee is included in the price of the activity. No refund will be given within seven days of the start of the activity, unless a written medical certificate is presented.

Do you offer custom Forest School activities for groups of children?

Yes. We can absolutely prepare a tailor-made nature immersion activity for your group on Mount Royal, inspired by our Forest School! For more information, please send us an email at ecoledelaforet@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

Do you offer activities for school groups on Mount Royal?

Yes! Les amis de la montagne offers a wide variety of educational and recreational activities for school groups. For more information, consult our list of activities for schools and children groups for details.
For more information on our Forest School programmes, please write to us at ecoledelaforet@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

For questions about registration, reservations or cancellations, please call 514 843-8240, ext. 235 or write to us at reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca.