Cancellation Policy - REVISED in 2017 - PLEASE READ
We will do everything possible to avoid program cancellations; however, we reserve the right to do so if necessary. Programs with insufficient registration will be cancelled two days (48 hours) prior to the start date. In this circumstance, we will accommodate your child at an alternative time if agreeable or we will provide you a full refund. Should an individual cancel from a program fourteen (14) days or more days prior to a start date, a full refund, less a 10% administration fee, will be granted. No refunds will be issued with less than fourteen days notice. In medical cases, full refunds will be granted with a doctor’s note. Families are still able to find another child to fill their spot within that 14 day period. Contact us for details.
Annual $25 Family Membership Fee
You can purchase your annual $25 membership when you register for programs online here or by cash/cheque made out to Stewardship Pemberton Society. This fee applies to your entire family (regardless of size). SPS has decided to go this route instead of increasing programming costs. Becoming a Stewardship Pemberton Society Member also allows you a vote at our annual AGM.
Statutory Holidays & Our Operating Season
Please note that we are closed for ALL statutory holidays so our staff can spend time with the ones they love! We open the Nature Centre for programming for Spring Break every year (coinciding with the School District Calendar) for the big kids, and the first week of April for the little kids. We wrap up all programs at the end of November every year.
Our Current Offerings
Go Play Outside After School Club Fall 2017
Does your child love to play outside after school? Book them in for an afternoon of interest led outdoor free play in a natural setting. We will meet your child at school and walk them to the One Mile Lake Nature Centre, where you will pick them up at the end of the day. This program is simply about letting kids be kids, outside in nature with friends after a day of being in school. Favourite pastimes of this group typically include shelter building, making bows and arrows, playing in the mud kitchen or making up their own games in the woods.
Date: Tuesdays - Thursdays, September 5th - November 30th
Fee: $18 per session
Time: 3pm to 5:30 pm
**Early School Dismissal programs offered Sept. 20th and Nov. 29th, 2017.
Fall Registration will open June 12 at 9pm.
Little Saplings - For the Wee Ones (3-5 years of age)
During this exploration, your little one will be guided through an interest-led nature immersion outdoor class. Families must commit to set days for the full month but can book month by month (for example, Mondays in July). Children in this program must be fully toilet trained - no exceptions. This program fills up fast, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Families are not charged for statutory holidays as we offer no classes.
Fall: Classes run Monday - Thursday excluding stats.
Dates: Tuesday September 5th to Thursday November 30th
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
Please note: Our Little Saplings Programs run every year from early April to the end of November..
Get a dose of daily Nature with Stewardship Pemberton at the One Mile Lake Nature Centre for the Professional Development day. Kids must be in kindergarten to Grade 5 for the program. Nature based play and environmental education will form the foundation for the daily topic (topic TBD!).
Dates: October 20th and November 3rd, 2017
Time: 9am to 5pm
About our Programs
All of our Grow with Nature programs have been developed using Coyote Mentoring. Coyote mentoring is a unique and effective educational approach that has been developed over the last 25 years by Jon Young and the Wilderness Awareness School. It uses children’s innate passion and excitement about the natural world as a catalyst to actively engage them in their learning process. This teaching method encourages children to make observations in nature and come up with their own unique theories and thoughts; an invaluable critical thinking tool. This teaching develops the capacity for learning, problem solving and genuine expression, and, awakens a natural sense of wonder. Most of our staff have taken this training through the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington. We also follow the principles of the cardinal directions which guide us through our daily activities. In this natural learning model (find out more here..) students are focused on one learning topic a day, that typically ties into a weekly theme. An example of our daily activities can be found below. This daily flow is adapted to our different age groups and different length programs. Families who would like to see our curriculum can inquire with our staff at the Nature Centre.
Daily Flow - Grow With Nature and Little Saplings
Example: Feature Creature: Slugs
9-9:30 - Settling in
9:30-10:00 - Morning Meeting
•Thanksgiving - Teacher takes the lead, first saying what they are thankful for, setting the tone. The thanksgiving moves around circle with the 'talking rock' and children are encouraged to share something they are thankful for in their world.
•Theme setting- Theme of the day is discussed (ie. for slugs, different body parts, food, habitat, reproduction, life cycle, etc. will be discussed)
•Expectations- set out our safety and social expectations are with the group.
•Morning Story/Yoga OR group game
10-10:20 - Snack
10:20-11:00 - Free Play or organized play, depending on the group
11:00-12/12:30 - Nature Walk (theme based) and play at the beach if applicable
•Look for slugs and evidence of slugs. If you were a slug where would you be hiding? If we find one keep it for a day to observe.
•Go find slugs! Bring some back for observation in glass jars with holes in lids.
12:30-1:00 - Lunch - finish with story/visualization to refocus
1:00- 2:00 - Free play/organized play/swimming time if applicable (note, Little Saplings do not swim, but have access to paddle in the water in a very closely supervised environment).
2-3:00 - EcoArtists - Craft (theme based)
•Make clay or stick slugs
•Hide them where they would normally reside
•Kids go on a slug hunt to find each others creations
•Slug show and tell, naming, painting
3:00-3:20 - Snack
3:20-3:30 - Clean up
3:30-3:45 - Closing Circle
•apples and onions
•recap on the day
•talk about theme
•reinforce key messages
•release any live creatures
3:45- 5:00 - free play, organized play, stories, games.