“Out and about adventures is an outdoor, early learning program for preschoolers. We meet once a week to build, explore, learn and play together outdoors. Children will be given the opportunity to explore and learn through the natural world. We play rain or shine!”
We value those who have connected with and cared for this land and acknowledge that our programs take place on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations
Out and About Adventures is an urban out-door, early learning program based on the philosophies of Forest School but modified to work in an urban park setting. Children will be given the opportunity to connect with nature and each other through repeated visits to the same natural space. This allows the children to play in an ever changing playground that always presents new opportunities for play and exploration. We are a child-directed, play based program where children are viewed as capable, curious individuals. We believe that when children are given the time and space to play in the outdoors, truly amazing learning can happen.
The natural world provides us with a calm amidst our urban lives; a place to breathe, room to move, and freedom to explore at one’s own pace. Through participating in ‘Out and About Adventures’, children are given the chance to get to know the natural places in their city and form a relationship with the natural world through repeated visits to the same natural space. Our hope is, that as these children grow they will come to value and care for the natural world as an important part of their life experience.
Meet the Instructors
Cara Agro was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She moved to British Columbia in 2009, and continues to be inspired by the beauty of this province. She finds joy in exploring our majestic backyard. Cara is passionate about providing children with an opportunity to feel capable, confident and curious in the outdoors and hopes to help foster a sense of wonder and respect for our natural environment. Cara believes that nature is our best teacher and that children deserve ample time to play and learn from the outdoors. Working with Forest and Nature Schools brings together her passion for working with children and her love for the natural world.
Cara has a BA in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and completed the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Vancouver Community College. She has worked in preschools and in private child care. In her spare time, Cara enjoys adventuring with family and friends and discovering as much of British Columbia as she can.
Tim Day has been working in childcare for the last two years as a Special Education Aide for two children on the Autism Spectrum. When Tim isn’t taking the boys on different adventures around the lower mainland he can be found working with Fresh Air Learning or working with Out and About. Tim is a proud practitioner of Forest and Nature School and is passionate about outdoor learning. Tim is always willing to lend a helping hand, and get right in the thick of the muck with playing/supporting children in the outdoors!
“I believe every child can learn and grow by leaps and bounds when properly supported in an outdoor setting.” – Tim Day
Jessie Zhong moved to Canada with her family over 15 years ago and grew up in British Columbia. She developed an appreciation for nature only a few years ago on her first hiking trip, and since then she has been on a personal quest to explore as much of it as possible. During her free time, Jessie likes to visit nearby parks to observe the wildlife and relax in the fresh air. Other hobbies include reading novels and sketching scenery. Jessie is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University and plans to complete the university’s PDP program to become an elementary school teacher. She hopes to eventually pursue further training to help children with learning or other developmental disabilities. Jessie continues to be fascinated by the carefree minds of children as they learn and interact with their environment, both indoors and out.
Laurie Yeomans recently moved to Vancouver from the UK where she grew up. Her passion for nature and the outdoors came from a very young age where as a child she would spend nights up on the Malvern Hills in a sleeping bag and nothing else, watching the night sky and searching for shooting stars; during the daytime she would hike and cycle anywhere possible. Laurie moved to Vancouver for a new adventure, and to be closer to the mountains, forest and sea. She is excited to pursue her career as a Woodland educator. Laurie is keen to teach and learn from the children she works with, enabling them to explore what they best love in life, and help them experience nature in a way that not everyone gets the chance to in our modern society.
Laurie has a BA honors in Drawing and Applied arts from UWE in the UK, and is a certified Woodland activity Leader. While she was living in the UK Laurie gained lots of experience working as a nanny for various families, volunteering with The Hackney Pirates (a secondary school literacy program) and Muddy Boots (a Forest School) as well as working with a music therapy school for adults with severe disabilities.
Cassie is so excited to be working with Out and About Adventures this summer! Growing up in the farmlands of Chilliwack, Cassie found freedom, joy and solace in being outside. She is enthusiastic towards learning, sharing knowledge about the uses of plants, and facts about creatures. Cassie has been an early childhood educator for 4 years, and has been working with children for most of her young adult life. She is happy to combine her experience and love of being outside with her experience and knack for working with children. She feels that each person is unique and enjoys connecting with people. She believes that just like every individual has their place and purpose, so does every natural material and the great outdoors is worthy of reverence and respect. Cassie can’t think of a better way to spend time then being outside exploring with friends.