The Town of Comox Recreation Department and Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program are partnering to offer spring break nature camps for children three to five years old.
Recreation director Mandy Johns is excited about the opportunity for children and parents.
“Filberg Park and McDonald Wood are the perfect home for a preschool nature program,” she said. “The woods and beaches are close by and the Hands on Farm is a perfect children pick up and drop off point for parents.”
Nature preschools are growing in popularity as parents want their children to unplug and to experience the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Hand-In-Hand director Jarrett Krentzel sees the benefits first hand.
“Children come alive when they’re in nature’s classroom,” he said.
Contingency plans are in place for extreme weather situations and program leaders always have safety foremost in mind. Children dress for the weather, bring snacks and are led by experienced educators with outdoor backgrounds, criminal record checks and a love of children and nature. But most of all, expect your children to be outside as much as possible.
“Boots are meant to get muddy,” said Krentzel. “It means your child had a great day with us.”
Call the Comox Community Centre at 250-339-2255 to secure your child’s spot in Hand-In-Hand Spring Break Nature Education Program. Sessions run March 21-24 and March 29-April 1. Each week is just $88. FMI visit hand-in-handeducation.com