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The Clubhouse Farm program was created to allow our children to play, relax, and exercise in a natural environment. More and more research shows that young people participating in more outdoor activities develop vital life skills. Our Clubhouse educators have made time in each program for children to get out on the farm and in nature to explore, learn and create. And after three successful years, we’ve seen beneficial results for each individual child.
The Clubhouse Farm was started in 2012 as a program to offer our children more time outside playing in nature. Spending time outside has so many benefits for children of all ages, and the staff too! Soon after the Farm program began, the Clubhouse received the 2012 British Columbia Child Care Award of Excellence in Innovation. We’ve got an orchard with hammocks, a sand pit, a dirt pile, mini houses, fairy gardens, herb and veggie gardens, and chickens! Every year we add a little more. Below are some of our posts, and we’ll be sure to add more to keep you updated on our progress.
The benefits of outdoor play and learning are becoming increasingly recognized, and the Clubhouse Farm is receiving more requests for school group visits than we can currently accommodate. In addition to our daycare and preschool Farm visits, and the School Age Care programs on non-school days and Summer days, school groups can book the Outdoor Classroom for a variety of activities that meet Projected Learning Outcomes.
As part of the plan to expand this grassroots project and open gates to new opportunities, our non-profit charity is open to community partnerships. The Clubhouse Farm development plan is the first step in moving towards our goals to improve the nature playspace and classroom, supporting biodiversity, improving the local ecology, and increasing farm fresh produce.