450 Avenue Rd.
Shade’s Mills Nature Centre
View on Google Maps
Wild Wee Ones is a nature play program for children ages 3 - 5 and their parent or guardians.
We provide a nurturing and learning environment for you and your young explorers to connect with nature and each other. We will help parents and guardians build confidence in allowing outdoor nature play. Our guide will help you enjoy the outdoors in any weather and to find ways to engage your little one in age appropriate nature adventure. This program takes place entirely outdoors exploring the fields and forests of Shades' Mills.
Our play space is the earth, the trees, the rivers and the fields. We lead by the explorer’s natural curiosity and expand on the interest. We meet outside and stay outside, rain or shine, hot or cold, becoming aware of what we need to wear for our experiences.
Each day is greeted with a welcome of each other and gratitude for the day. Through playing games and discovering together, explorers are challenged to go beyond the familiar. That through questioning the unfamiliar, explorers will learn to focus their attention, to ask why, to collaborate with peers, developing inquisitive confidence they will learn to answer themselves. It is through this journey together, in nature, that each explorer will challenge, investigate and answer developing fundamental skills and confidence, which will last a lifetime.
In addition, the day is filled with art, song, dance, reading, storytelling, and much more. Through this program you will learn the importance or restoring nature play for your wee wild one.
The program is offered every Friday from 9:30 -11:00 am from November 23 to December 21. The registration fee covers a parent with one child between the ages of 3 to 5 years. You may register additional siblings for $25 per session. GRCA park members pay $55. Non-members pay $80 which includes park entrance fees on program days. Online registration closes on November 21. For registration options after that date please email ShadesMillsNC@grandriver.ca.