Research shows that when children spend frequent time in nature, it has a profoundly positive effect; children are happier and healthier with less stress, more creativity, and better problem-solving skills, and they become more caring stewards of the world around them.
Welcome to Earth Path!
Earth Path provides youth with an opportunity to enjoy nature-based, experiential learning within a caring community that nurtures creativity, self-confidence, and respect for each other and the land. Since 2013, we have offered a variety of year-round programs, including part-time nature school programs, summer camps, and workshops in and around Ottawa, aiming to support the growth of healthy, whole communities.
Together with program participants, we explore 100+ acres of forest, streams and wetland, deepening our connection to the natural world through activities such as tracking animals, harvesting wild edibles, building shelters, naturalist projects, wild-crafting, sensory awareness games, and free play. With a small child-to-adult mentor ratio (4:1 or 5:1) our goal is to work closely with each child to learn their edges and passions, guide them in assessing/managing risk responsibly, and support them in building meaningful skills and relationships. We also nurture stewardship, collaboration, and creative expression through story-telling, music, drawing, and journaling, helping children to share their ideas and feelings and integrate their learning.
So, what can this look like?...
Coming into our fourth year, we have programs running in Ottawa, ON, and Wakefield, QC, in partnership with Just Food and Eco Echo. Come check us out at our next Open House, join our mailing list, or email us if you have any questions!
News and Events
- Registration now open for Nature School programs for Fall 2016
- New nature program for children ages 4-5 in East Ottawa