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Lamb's Pond​ Forest School


Forest School is a program of teaching that uses the natural world, often forests and other green rural spaces, to teach kids personal and social skills that they would otherwise learn at school, but in a more exiting and dynamic way.  Forest school encourages children to connect with the natural world, take calculated risks and aims to help them develop independence, confidence and creative thinking skills.

"When children feel immersed and absorbed in the natural world, they are learning the highest that nature has to offer — because Nature Herself is their Teacher”

-- Joseph Cornell, Sharing Nature With Children

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Your Teacher

Shelley, a qualified Teacher, BEd, OCT, formerly employed with the CDSBEO as an Occasional Teacher, has over 25 years experience teaching preschool to adult-aged learners in many outdoor education settings. She enjoys working with children and passing on her love and extensive knowledge of nature and the outdoors.  In 2003, Shelley was the recipient of the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation/Dupont Canada award for advancing the understanding of the environment of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority watershed, and promoting its protection through education, conservation or advocacy.

“Wonderful day spent with my grade 5/6 &7 students. The students were so happy”

Laura Deeves, Teacher, St Edwards Catholic School, Westport, 2018

Primary Programming - Kindergarten to Grade 3

The following programs are curriculum related and designed to encourage curiosity, exploration and discovery. Programs are listed below in alphabetical order. Shelley is also happy to work with teachers should they wish to design a custom program to fit their curriculum and student needs.

Splash Museum

(Gr 1- 3) Science and Technology - Spring, Fall

Students explore and discover the diverse plants and animals found in Lamb's Pond. A fun pond activity game helps students to understand the complex food chain and predator relationships.

Seeds Please

(Grade 1-3) Science and Technology -Fall

Students discover the secrets of plants on the move by collecting and classifying seeds. The mysteries of seed dispersal and its importance are highlighted. Guided activities take students into the forest and field to discover the variety of seeds produced by trees, forest and field plants.

Knee Deep in Wildflowers

(Gr 1-3) Science and Technology- Spring

Students meet some friendly flower puppets who teach about the characteristics of a flower by transforming students into a living flower. Through guided activities and a hike, students will explore and compare flowers found in a forest and field habitat.


(JK and SK) Science and Technology Spring – Fall, Spring

By using their senses, students will experience seasonal changes, life cycles and a genuine sense of wonder, appreciation and respect for the natural world. Puppets, hands-on sensory exploration activities and games will guide the children into discovering more about the season they are visiting. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging students to unleash their natural sense of curiosity for exploration and discovery.

Critters and Minibeasts

(Gr K-3) Science and Technology Early Fall- Spring

Your students will learn what makes an insect an insect through a fun puppet show and human to insect transformation. They will also have an opportunity to experience live capture and release of insects in a field and forest area. Students will have the opportunity to appreciate the valuable role insects play in the environment. Emphasis is on respect for life, observation, description, classification and life cycles.

Colours in Nature

(Grades K to 2) Science and Technology – Fall, Spring

Through guided hands-on activities, students will become aware of the many colours present in nature and how these colours are used by nature.

Program Length

All regular programs are two hours in length, available both mornings and afternoons. Normally programs would begin at 10:00 am and finish by noon. If you wish to make a day out of your field trip you could combine programs or conduct your own education program. Shelley would be pleased to provide you with program ideas.


A minimum of seven working days’ notice is required. If the Lamb’s Pond Forest School is notified of the cancellation less than seven days in advance of the scheduled visit, a cancellation fee of $30.00 will be charged.

We will contact your school by 8:00 a.m. if we need to cancel due to severe weather. There will be no charge for a cancellation made due to severe weather conditions.

 (see policies)


Lamb’s Pond Forest School is located 10 km north of Brockville, along new Dublin Rd. , just off Hwy 29. Buses can back up in the driveway across from the Forest School Entrance, in order to allow teachers, students and volunteers to disembark safely on the entrance side. ADDRESS: 6436 New Dublin Rd, Addison, Ontario Shelley will be waiting at the entrance.

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 $7.00 per student attending half day programs.

A minimum fee of $120.00 applies to all groups.

Please bring cash or a cheque made payable to Shelley Gallagher.

Cancellation fee is $30.00 (see policies).


We encourage students to bring a litterless snack/lunch. We maintain a no waste facility and request students and staff bring all garbage and recyclables back to their school (Boomerang Lunch).

Our bathroom facilities consist of a very clean outhouse and hand washing station.

Please dress in weather appropriate, comfortable clothing.