“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 B.A. 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
Heather Talbot is a nature loving, beekeeping, artist, and educator that moved to Vancouver in 2011. Originally from the UK, Heather spent the first six years of her life in Northern Scotland where her family home backed on to moorland and managed forest. Back then, it was normal for her to spend her days playing outside and learning from nature… it was only years later, after moving to a small town in England, that she realized how lucky she had been to have this experience as a child. While still living in the UK, Heather volunteered with a community orchard project, as well as environmental arts events, before going on to manage a 2 acre urban farm and community garden for 7 years. This project provided the opportunity for the community, particularly youth, to get engaged with growing food, experiencing the seasons and learning about their natural environment. Since moving to BC Heather has been working with Fresh Air Learning and loves to work with children outdoors.
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.