For some, it was always a treat when teachers would say, “let’s go study outside!”

Now a new early education program on the Island is putting that concept in action!

Jarrett Krentzel is the Director of the new Hand-in-Hand Early Years Nature Education program in Cumberland.

Hand-in-Hand is a unique learning experience for children aged 3 to 5 years old.

It might sound like a new age idea, but he says schools like this have been around for years.

But what about in more recent years? About 15 years ago, the trend gained popularity in San Francisco.

Krentzel says there’s been interest from parents in Campbell River and Nanaimo and other areas beyond the Comox Valley borders.

 

He adds that outdoor education is a growing trend.

The classroom is the outdoor environment at the Coal Creek Historic Park.

The program begins September 2015 and registration is currently open.