Forest Schoolers Program

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– W.B. Yeats –


This is a 3 day a week bilingual program for homeschooling students aged 7 to 10 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A year-round forest immersion program with an academic twist. This is meant to be a significant compliment to homeschooling families’ learning endeavours.
Forest SchoolersProgram is designed to engage, inspire, and connect participants deeply with the wild world around and inside themselves. Our missions will be to take the observations and experiences we lived out on the land and understand the stories of life around us.


  • 2 days of forest adventures at a local park
  • 1 day of ‘in class’ academic learning with a certified teacher, inside a greenhouse at Le Grand Potager, in Verdun along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River
  • Year round: From September to June
    • January off ***
  • 3 campouts
    • 3 days (2 night)
    • In October, March and June
  • A small ratio of adult staff to students (1:6)
  • The program size will be between 10 and 12 students.
  • Numerous special guests who will teach and inspire on various subjects
  • Visits to Kawisente’s forest in Kahnawake to learn about her culture and the wilderness there

Program specifics: .

On Mondays and Tuesdays, the group will be meeting at Angrignon park or Le Grand Potager to explore, learn various camping and survival skills, track animals, learn about the plants and birds, open their senses and gather observations and questions they will take to the classroom on Wednesdays. They will practice leadership and communication skills. They will work on passion based learning projects. They will also use this time to prepare for their camping trips.
On Wednesdays, we will meet with a certified teacher and spend the day doing a blend of nature connection activities and academic learning.  Our goal is to give the participants an incredible and inspiring experience based on our powerful nature connection practices while at the same time developing the competencies required by the Québec Education Program (QEP). We’ll blend our hands-on field explorations with the subjects of science and history in particular, as a complement to what is done at home.
We will send a short summary of what we did with the students each week, including some pictures and highlights, so you can keep track of the lessons and themes we are exploring. These summaries can be used for your documentation when submitting your learning projects for homeschool evaluations.

How will we approach bilingualism?

We are used to facilitating in both languages and have witnessed significant language development in an informal and relaxed setting. We are attentive to make sure no one feels left out, to build friendships and bonds that are beyond language barriers, and will emphasise vocabulary in English and French.

The forest days will be presented primarily in French. The classroom days will be presented primarily in English. Our staff are bilingual and will always be willing to translate if need be and happy to do so! ***

Your staff:

Jesse Grindler (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday):
Long time Coyote staff, skilled wood carver, fire starter and tender, Jesse is originally from BC. He is a passionate explorer of the play instinct and loves blending the arts with nature connection. He has trained in and practiced Arts-Based Facilitation, Puppetry, Physical theatre and Clowning for over a decade and sneaks these things into his work with youth in nature. Always curious about how stories shape our world, he sees this work as a way to transform lives and cultures towards a state of connection, integrity and creative possibility.
Valentine Bourrat (Monday, Tuesday):
A passionate student of wilderness living skills, Valentine is humble, eccentric, and is committed to the call for adventure. She has a masters in journalism and comes to us after a year at a well established nature school in Chicoutimi. She has trained as a Forest school practitioner, and Montessori teacher in biology, zoology and botany.
Jessica Velasquez (Wednesday):
Jessica is a certified early childhood educator with 15 years experience, including a two year training in Waldorf pedagogy and many years working at Waldorf schools. She is a recent homeschooling parent (and loving it). She is an enthusiastic and kind Early Childhood Educator, open to the many possibilities that facilitate children’s learning. Jessica takes into account and values the uniqueness of each child and respects that each one learns in a unique way. Originally from Colombia, Jessica is passionate about wellness and enjoys connecting with nature and being active. She considers movement essential in healthy child development as it improves memory, concentration, language, attention, emotional wellbeing and even decision making.

Guest instructors:

Kawisente McGregor:
Kawisente has been a longtime supporter and visiting instructor to Coyote Programs activities. She shares about her native culture, about history, and ways to be caretakers of the planet and of each other. She will visit the group and add her special touch of wisdom, humor and lessons to appreciate even deeper, the rich stories of this land.
Steve Leckman:
Coyote Programs co-founder and director will visit the group and will be available to support in various ways. He will visit especially to orient them to some wilderness living skills, for which he is so passionate, to help them prepare themselves for their camping trips.
Laura Molina:
Laura is our youth programs coordinator, and also a professional beekeeper and certified Forest Therapy Guide. She will visit the group, sharing her love of the insect realm and also will share some of her talents in finding peace on meaningful walks.
And others…


Program cost:

6400$ + tax  per student for the whole year.
15% sibling discount.
Payment installment plans available.
Financial assistance available here.


From September 2021 to June 2022
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Please sign up to the waiting list if you are interested! We will open up another group if we have enough participants.

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