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Explore Nature

Grades JK TO Gr. 3 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

Explore Nature:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 3
  • Gender
  • Class Size
  • Tuition
    $5,575 to 13,750/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    24 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 125 Brentcliffe Rd, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3Y7 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Explore Nature

With its unique forest school approach, Explore Nature stands out as an innovative school that transcends the conventional classroom setting. Immersed in nature, the school enables children to experience enhanced focus, reduced anxiety, and deepened self-awareness. Explore Nature’s commitment to personalized learning is clear with their 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, which allows them to cater to the unique learning styles of each child. Beyond the standard Ontario curriculum, the school’s holistic education includes mindfulness sessions, literacy and numeracy growth, and the chance to care for animals in collaboration with Pawsitively Pets. These experiences foster empathy, responsibility, resilience, and a broad range of emotional and social competencies. At the heart of Explore Nature is a commitment to students' overall well-being and a balanced development through creating positive connections with the self, others, and the environment.

School's Perspective

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How Explore Nature sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Explore Nature is a unique outdoor education school (K-3) nestled in Leaside. Small class sizes (6:1) and serene forest classroom allow for hands-on learning and curiosity-driven exploration. Learning outside improves attention, reduces anxiety and cultivates self-awareness. In addition to the Ontario curriculum, we offer mindfulness sessions, literacy and numeracy development, and the chance to care for animals. Our passionate teachers create an inclusive environment where individual learning styles are embraced."

  • A focus on personal growth, well-being, and positive relationships
  • Learning outside improves attention, reduces anxiety, and cultivates self-awareness.
  • Weekly mindful sessions, literacy and numeracy development, and the chance to care for animals
  • Small class sizes and multi-age groups nurture leadership skills and collaboration
  • Hands-on learning and curiosity-driven exploration

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Explore Nature stands apart from other schools by offering a unique blend of outdoor education and holistic development. Our forest school approach fosters a deep connection with nature and provides students with hands-on experiences that ignite their curiosity and love for the natural world. Our school goes beyond traditional classroom walls, allowing children to learn and explore in a serene and calm outdoor environment."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Explore Nature goes beyond academic learning, equipping students with essential tools for managing stress, building resilience, and promoting overall well-being. By tailoring the learning experience to individual needs and building upon students' unique starting points, we foster a sense of achievement, boosting their self-esteem and motivation. Students graduate from Explore Nature with the tools to thrive in diverse settings and become compassionate and confident leaders in their communities."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Our school's partnership with Pawsitively Pets offers students a unique opportunity to interact with and care for rescue animals. This hands-on experience not only teaches children about empathy, responsibility, and animal welfare, but it also instills a sense of pride and confidence in their abilities. By nurturing a caring relationship with animals, students develop a deep appreciation for all living creatures, fostering a compassionate and empathetic mindset."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"We prioritize building positive connections with self, others, and nature. Through meaningful experiences and relationships, our students develop a strong sense of self-awareness, empathy, and respect for others and the environment. A focus on positive connections enriches well-being and personal growth, promoting a balanced lifestyle. By providing a nurturing and inclusive space to express their emotions and develop self-regulation skills, we empower them to navigate challenges with confidence."

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Explore Nature

Written reviews of Explore Nature


Parent, Alicia Shala (2023)

Gr. 1 (current) — This school is all around amazing. My kiddo has a lot of energy and needs space to move around and e...


Parent, Karen Sadler (2023)

Gr. 1 (current) — My daughter is thriving thanks to the small, collaborative nature of this school. The teachers work ...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Jennifer Ego, Executive Director

As the principal of Explore Nature, I am thrilled to welcome you to our vibrant learning community. At Explore Nature, we believe in the transformative power of outdoor education and experiential learning. Our dedicated team of educators is committed to providing your child with an exceptional educational experience that fosters a deep connection with nature, cultivates a love for learning, and nurtures their overall well-being.

We are proud to offer a unique curriculum that combines academic excellence with meaningful outdoor experiences. Our students engage in hands-on activities, explore the wonders of the natural world, and develop essential skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving.

At Explore Nature, we celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and the value of each student's unique talents and abilities. We provide a safe and supportive environment where students can express themselves, take risks, and grow both academically and personally.

I invite you to explore our website, schedule a visit, and discover firsthand the exceptional educational opportunities that await your child at Explore Nature. Together, let's inspire a lifelong love for learning, foster a deep connection with nature, and empower our students to become compassionate and engaged global citizens.


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