"An old Indian saying: 'It's better to know one mountain than to climb many"
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
We choose our locations with great care. The choice of location is fundamental to the quality of experiences available to our young learners. We also consider accessibility, safety, amenities and legal restrictions.
Each of our groups has a main home base where the majority of their sessions will take place. Each group will go on one or two excursions each term depending on the length of the term We recently went to Fort Canning Park, The Learning Forest in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and to Labrador Nature Reserve where we have often held our campfire cooking sessions.
We also seek to collaborate with local groups on community gardens and volunteering opportunities in order to broaden the experiences that we offer at each site.
Most of our sessions take place at our exclusive nature space in the heart of Dempsey.
Our project here is ongoing, Forest School is a process and as our understanding grows through our experiences, so will our site evolve over time. Now it is a wonderful space for children to play freely outdoors the way they once were allowed to, tomorrow who knows what wonders it will provide.
We occupy part of the Core Collective fitness and wellness hub. The location boasts an excellent cafe, pizza restaurant, Swish swimming pool, fitness and wellness services and the nearby Trimmings Spa.
How to find us
The address is 27A Loewen Road, Dempsey, 248839
At the far end of the carpark is a path, follow that round to your right that leads you to our gate.
This is where it all started in 2018 and we will always hold a special place in our hearts for this nature park!
Bukit Batok Nature park is a stunning venue with everything that we need. We have identified four locations within the nature park to make ourselves at home each session. We rotate location and keep group sizes small so that we do not regularly disturb other park visitors.
Sessions at this location are currently on hold, but we hope to re-start them again in the future,
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a World Heritage Site with an incredible variety of flora, fauna, terrain and learning opportunities on offer.
Although we no longer hold regular sessions here now we have opened in Dempsey, this remains a favourite location for excursions.
The Southern Section of the gardens has a beautiful stream, specialist heritage, sundial, frangipani and ginger gardens as well as the fabulous Learning Forest. Very soon a new extension will open linked to the Learning Forest which will boast a nature play garden and we are very excited about the prospect of using this resource in the future.
Ang Mo Kio Park
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest urban parks in Singapore that allows us to bring Forest School to the city. With its re-naturalised meandering river and stepping stones, Dragonfly Pond, Butterfly Garden and Community Garden run by volunteers we are able to rotate to different areas of the park throughout the term and utilise this unique green space.
How to find us
We meet at the large Pavilion in the River Plains section of the park, closest to Bishan MRT
EAST COAST PARK
East Coast Park is accessible to those living in the East of Singapore and it’s magic combination of forest, sea, sand, BBQ pits and camping opportunities allow for a rich Forest School experience. We will venture to different locations from our meet point to experience all East Coast Park has to offer.
How to find us
East Coast Park, Marine Cove, Area C.
We meet at the permanent shelter next to BBQ Pit number 23, Only a short walk from the main car park at Marine Cove.