Location: 154 McMinn Road, Rollingdam, NB
Ages: 6-11 (grades 1-5)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm (September – June)

Term 1: $2700 ($3000) or  $675 ($750)/month  (September 6 – December 23)
Term 2: 4500 or $750/month  (January 10 – June 24) (opens Dec 1)
Annual Payment $6300 ($7000)
2021/2022 Program options:
Part-time Enrichment Programs (1 & 2 day/week options)
Thursdays: Earth Works
Fridays: Earth Art and Sound
Limited Spots Available

Monday- Emergent Curriculum
Tuesday – Emergent Curriculum
Wednesday – Emergent Curriculum
Thursday – Earth Work
Friday – Earth Art and Sound


Nature’s Backpack’s mission is to inspire passion for wellness and the outdoors by nurturing youth in transformational outdoor experiences while nurturing the mind, heart, and body. We achieve this through:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Mindful moments and expressive arts
  • Wilderness and naturalist skills
  • Interaction with elders and more

Nature’s Backpack Land-Based Learning Centre provides nature immersion and mentorship for children and community. We have designed an effective and fun holistic approach to the overall health and well-being of children. Our program offers a much-needed alternative to the formal indoor classroom setting, for ages 6-11.

What to Expect from Our Offerings:
We offer programs for all ages in Charlotte County, in all weather.

  • We will guide participants to dress and gear up for any weather condition in a way that is extremely affordable and mindful of the environmental/social impact of making these decisions.
  • Weather and the various forms “snow,” “rain,” “dirt,” etc. can have, reading the radar, sky, water, wind using the senses, mindfulness, and pattern recognition.
  • Social Studies of diverse cultures around the world
  • Mindfulness and focus on the present moment 
  • Elements: water, earth, fire, air, ether
  • Naturalist perspectives on plants, animals, insects, rocks, fungi, lichen, etc. 
  • Tracking 
  • Risk assessment and how to handle and mitigate hazards
  • Navigation 
  • Shelter building
  • Fire building
  • Carving and safe, practical knife skills (staff will assess for readiness)
  • Leadership skills and practice
  • Storytelling
  • Imaginative play with opportunities to share 
  • Meditation: developing safe space within to be alone, to find calm, to restore, quiet time
  • Yoga: the basics of time-tested practices that help balance the energy and mind
  • Self-expression: visual arts, writing, sounds, movement, performance
  • Forest bathing
  • Local/regional history: geology, social (pre and post colonist) 
  • Gratitude practice
  • Deep listening: to the world around us, to each other, and to the Self


  • Global competencies that develop academic achievement and well being
  • Transformative: confidence, resilience, independence, interdependence
  • Improves academics: increase focus, attention, creativity, innovation, problem solving, critical
  • Thinking, passion to learn
  • Mental health benefits – widely revered as the best way to address and treat Nature Deficit Disorder, to minimize the symptoms of trauma, dissociation, ADHD, substance abuse, and many more symptoms of mental/emotional/spiritual disharmony.
  • Physical health – fitness, agility, balance, coordination, stress, energy, inflammation
  • Environmental awareness and stewardship
  • Healthy relationships with others and with Self
  • Mindfulness, consideration of others, and compassion


Additional information

Payment Options

Term 1, Term 2, Year, Monthly