OUR STORY

The Fraser Valley's First Forest School

Langley Forest School (LFS) started in 1985 as a parent participation preschool based in Fort Langley, BC. In 2014, the preschool transitioned to forest pedagogy and LFS moved 100% outside. In 2015 LFS made basecamp in Williams Park (North Langley)  and in 2020, we added a second location at the Municipal Natural Park (South Langley).

Today, Langley Forest School is a non-profit charity, managed by a Board of Directors, many of whom are our parents, running a Forest Canada pedagogy. Our fully licensed early childcare educators (ECEs) and Outdoor Experience Days leaders (OED Leaders) run an outdoor curriculum that is play-based, place-based, offers supported risky play and is child emergent.

Outdoor classroom gathering area at preschool

Our school serves as an extension of the home, developing and nurturing values that will prepare children for life - socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. We believe that not only do children learn best in a play-based environment, but that intensive connection to the outdoors can only serve to enhance their learning.

Our forest school programme serves to reconnect children with our ever-changing environment while creating a base of knowledge surrounding the importance of community and sustainability and environmental stewardship. The first of its kind in the Fraser Valley, our school meets a child's need for self-esteem, leadership skills and kindergarten readiness, in addition to meeting a community need for alternative school options.