PD Day | March Break Programs GROWE

GROWE Outdoor Education PD Days / March Break For Children

PD Day Programs for children and March Break Programs for children are two of the services being offered by GROWE (Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education).

These March Break and PD programs for children are hosted at Five Oaks just south of Paris.

The activities are a combination of indoor-outdoor activities... so a go regardless of weather. See details below.   

Ages 5-12

 

Programs run from 9am-4pm

 

Drop off and pick up from 8am-5pm Have the day off and come and play with us... outdoors.

 

Our camps are forest school inspired by having children immersed in outdoors self-directed play and educational activities all day!

 

Your little ones will be guided on their adventure by highly qualified passionate leaders that are trained in Wilderness First Aid.

  

 




 Our 2018-2019 Fall-Winter-Spring Programs

 

 

FALL FOREST FUN - September 14th 2018

Come fall in love with nature with us while we explore what nature is doing to get ready for winter. Play with clay, paint leaves, catch toads and even walk our new tight rope play line. This day will be full of fall forest fun!
 



HABITAT HELPERS - November 16th 2018

Come learn, help and built habitats and shelters for our local critters. Construct shelters in the woods, build an insect hotel, and make your very own bat box. Plus nature inspired crafts and games that will have your little one engaged in nature all day long!
   REGISTER HERE



COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONNECTIONS – January 2nd - 4th

Stay in the spirit of Christmas while we make connections within our local community by finding out how we can help others. Donations of food, used clothes and toys will be greatly appreciated to pass forward to the local woman’s shelter. Special guests and loads of nature inspired crafts will keep the little ones excited even after the holidays!
     REGISTER HERE



WINTER WILD SURVIVAL - January 21st 2019

Your little ones will learn all there is to know about surviving in the wilderness during winter. We will be constructing shelters, tracking animals, snowshoeing, drinking maple sap fresh from the maple tree, creating nature inspired crafts, and building fires.    REGISTER HERE
 



MARCH BREAK WILD WONDERLAND – March 11th - 15th 2019

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Children will be exploring, making new friends and learning about nature in an interactive way by doing nature inspired crafts and games of exploration. Children have so much to learn from nature so let us help your little one reconnect with everything nature has to offer.
  REGISTER HERE



SPRING INTO THE FOREST – April 12th 2019

Let’s explore the forest for all the fun we can find. We will be hiking, tree climbing and create nature inspired crafts. The forest is exploding with life in the spring and we will go on a treasure hunt to find what is springing to life.
    REGISTER HERE



POLLINATOR GARDENING - June 7th 2019

Come play in the dirt with us while we learn all about gardening and the wonderful world of a pollinator’s life .The GROWE Kids will be helping local pollinators while having fun planting a pollinator garden with Vanessa Bees! Be a part of a citizen science bio blitz searching for Monarch butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalis.   REGISTER HERE


 




 

PD DAY PROGRAM COST: 

Single child is $45 per day.

Two or more children from one family unit is $40.00 each per day.

Full payment is due one week before Program Start date. If payment is not made in full, one week prior to Program Start date, then participant may lose their spot. 

Cancellation Policy. If you cancel up to one week before the program you will receive a 70% refund. If you cancel up to 24hrs before the event then you will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellation made after 24 hours, will not receive a refund.


 

MARCH BREAK PROGRAM COST:

 

Single child week rate for all 5 days is $225.00. 

 

Two+ children from one family unit week rate for all 5 days is $200.00 per child.

 

Full payment is due one week before Program Start date. If payment is not made in full, one week prior to Program Start date, then participant may lose their spot. 

 

Cancellation Policy. If you cancel up to one week before the program you will receive a 70% refund. If you cancel up to 24hrs before the event then you will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellation made after 24 hours, will not receive a refund.

 


 

March Break Registration

Register for the Program... this takes you to the Five Oaks Link where you register.

 

Have the day off and come GROWE with us… outdoors! 

 

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Our PD Days and March Break camps are forest-school inspired by having children engaged in outdoor self-directed play and educational activities all day long!

  • Children will be exploring, making new friends and learning about nature in an interactive way by doing nature inspired crafts, games of exploration, and a reflection circle time around the fire.
  • We will concentrate on leadership and team building skills that will foster confidence.
  • Children have so much to learn from nature so let us help your little one reconnect with everything nature has to offer.
  • Connecting with friends in nature is how memories are made!
  • Your little ones will be guided on their adventures by highly qualified, passionate leaders who are trained in Wilderness First Aid.  

 

What to bring? 

Days will be spent in the forest, fields and creeks surrounding the nature center so we recommend bringing: 

  •   Healthy snacks and lunch that are nut free
  •   Refillable water bottle
  •   Full change of clothes
  •   Closed toed shoes
  •   Toque, mitts, scarf, boots (cold days)
  •   Rain coat, splash pants and rain boots (rainy days)
  •   Hat, long sleeves and sunscreen (sunny days)
  •   Umbrella 

 

Once registered a full detailed package will be sent to participating families.

 

Link to GROWE Home Page 

 

 


GROWE Cancellation Policy: 

Full Payment Required upon booking. 

Groups of 15 or more need to pay 30% deposit  

Trips cancelled more than one week prior to event will receive a 70% refund. 

Trips cancelling less than one week will lose 50% of payment. 

Trips cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will receive no refund. 

Trips cancelled by Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education due to weather can be rescheduled or fully refunded.

 

Risk Management: 

Our guides are highly trained, skilled and experienced in leading clients in the outdoors with the completion of many pertinent diplomas, certificates, training, and awards. 

  • We must stay together as a group as much as possible but if you are to ever go off anywhere by yourself we will have a buddy system that children will always follow.

  • No child is to go anywhere by themselves. Always leave space between you and the person in front of you when hiking in the bush.

  • Be aware of ticks and protect yourself by tucking your socks into your pants, checking your pant legs on a regular bases, and stay on the trails.

  • Poison Ivy is a three leaved plant that can cause severe reactions in some people. Stay clear of any three leaved plants by staying on the trails. Never pick any fauna without the guide’s instructions.

  • Allergies, asthma and all other medical conditions will be discussed and medications organized.

  • Always stay hydrated by drinking lots of water no matter what the weather conditions.

  • Always be aware of tripping hazards such as rock, sticks, logs, and slippery conditions on and off the trails.  

 

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: 

Always dress for the weather conditions.  

Dressing in layers is always a good idea since you can always take layers off along the way.  

Winter can be cold and damp so we recommend wearing: 

Undershirt, sweater, wool socks, snow pants, long underwear, scarf, buff, balaclava, toque, mitten/gloves, winter boots, and down filled winter coat/parka, waterproof outer shell.

 

BRING:

Water, extra dry warm clothing, flashlight

 


For inquiries and reservations please email GROWE at GROWE.FiveOaks@gmail.com

The GROWE Program is located in the Grand River Valley at the Five Oaks Centre located south of Paris, Ontario (locate on Google Map)... within a 1 hour driving radius from Toronto, London & Guelph.