The Forest School philosophy of child-led, nature-based exploratory play has been in practice in Europe for over 150 years, and has since spread around the world. Studies show that experiential play outdoors enhances children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, and nurturing a bond with nature leads into a desire to care for the environment as the child grows. Research confirms that learning, in its most basic and most advanced states, is enhanced by adventurous play, where risks are assessed, confidence is born, strength is built, and empathy is developed. We invite your family to join ours, and LEAP outside!
LEAP Outside’s mission is to: foster a relationship between children, families, and nature; nurture children’s physical, social, and cognitive development through outdoor play in nature and nature-based activities; and build and support an inclusive and sustainable community.