What clothing should my child wear in the winter or the rain?
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear!" Weather does not bother children. It is essential your child has waterproof footwear/boots with insulated lining in the winter. We suggest layering:
base layer polyester or wool (no cotton)
mid layer- fleece,polyester, or wool sweater/jacket/pull over
outer layer waterproof coat/jacket.
Snow pant bibs with coat or full body suits work well in winter. All children are required to have a change of clothes in their backpack in case they get wet. Wool socks and mittens are recommended. If gear is a concern please contact us so we can help you find what you need for your child!
Do you cancel for weather conditions like rain or snow?
We are all about nature immersion in ALL weather. The only time we cancel is if there is lightening or high winds in the area. If we are in the woods and there is a storm we seek shelter in our barn. We typically use a fire to warm up but if need be we are able to warm up in our barn as well. If our roads are impassable due to snow or icy conditions we will notify you of cancellation. Please remember children LOVE to play outside in the rain, if properly dressed and this builds confidence and resilience.
How will this prepare my child for school?
The developmental benefits of early childhood nature immersion are numerous and profound. A child's experience during this formative period determines their view of the world, how they will interact with others and their feelings of self-confidence as well as the physical and cognitive ability to attend in school. Nature-based learning seamlessly incorporates foundational learning skills into the daily exploration and play of the children.
What is the field guide to child ratio?
We recognize the benefit of a low counselor/student ration. We guarantee a 6/1 ratio but often we are 5/1.
Can my child attend FORESTplay year round program if he/she goes to public school?
We have had children in public school attend our year round programming. We suggest you talk with your child's Principal and Counselor to discuss the benefits they will receive from the program.
Do you have family discounts?
River's Edge offers multiple child family discounts as well as full tuition paid discounts. We also offer a monthly payment plan.
If I need to remove my child from the program will I get a refund?
FORESTplay tutorials are 9 month programs and when you enroll your child you are committing to the full tuition. We are unable to refund or stop payments. We know this can be a hardship but we also know your child will love it here!
Do you have refrigeration for lunches?
We are a primitive camp program and do not have electricity or refrigeration. All children carry a lunch in a separate lunch box. We encourage healthy food with little sugar. We do not share food and we also practice carry in carry out as we do not provide trash cans. All trash and uneaten food will be returned in your lunch pale. Please do not send food in paper bags as they tear. We also ask you to send a refillable water bottle, please no plastic water bottles. Lunches packed with a refreezable ice pack do just fine. Please remember food is fuel for your child.
Are bugs a problem? Or the sun?
We are in nature and there are bugs, we ask you apply bug spray in the morning and send a can with your child to be reapplied at lunchtime. We encourage you to do a "tick check" at bath time as we do have ticks but they are not a big problem. We are in the shade and rarely experience sun burns but we do encourage you apply before arrival and if necessary send a tube and we will reapply if your child needs it.