Shoresh Outdoor School

Earn badges and learn about Judaism through hands-on nature-based learning in the great outdoors!

With seed funding from UJA Federation’s Julie and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Education and the WOW! Grant Committee, Shoresh is thrilled to be launching the Shoresh Outdoor School.

The Shoresh Outdoor School is a year-round Jewish supplementary program. Students in grades 1-6 will earn badges by exploring Jewish holidays and cycles, mitzvot and rituals, and ethical teachings. As well, they will learn valuable lessons in local ecology and environmental sustainability, while developing practical outdoor and wilderness skills. The Shoresh Outdoor School is pluralistic and open to the many ways that our community members live and learn Jewishly.


Dates: Tuesdays from September 12 – October 31, 2017

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden on Lebovic Campus Drive, Vaughan

Program Fee: $380/student 

To register, click here.

For more information, please contact Shoresh Outdoor School Coordinator, Maya Stern, at 416-805-8382 or

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the Shoresh Outdoor School?
The cost to register is $380 per semester (eight 1.5 hour sessions). Subsidies are available.

How do I get my child to and from the Kavanah Garden?
Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their children from the Kavanah Garden. For a map and driving directions to the Kavanah Garden, click here.  The Kavanah Garden is also accessible by York Region Public Transportation. For route information, visit

How do I register?
To register, please fill out the Shoresh Outdoor Schoool Registration Form. If you have any questions, contact Please then mail your payment to:

Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs
c/o Risa Alyson Cooper
132 Cedric Avenue
Toronto, ON M6C 3X8
***Please note that this is a mailing address only!

If paying by cheque, please enclose the cheque made out to Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs along with the completed Registration Form.

If paying by cash, please contact

Will food/snacks be provided?
Children should bring their own snacks as well as a full water bottle. As part of the program, children will sometimes have an opportunity to make their own nutritious snacks such as sun tea, salad, and smoothies (made with our bicycle powered blender!). Any ingredients used will be certified kosher and vegetarian. Please inform us of any food allergies. Please do not bring nuts of any kind to the Kavanah Garden.

What is Jewish Pluralism?
The Shoresh Outdoor School is a pluralistic program that welcomes Jews of all different backgrounds and affiliations. While learning about Jewish ethical teachings, holidays celebrations, rituals, and prayer, we will be open to the many different ways that our community members interpret these traditions and how they choose to live and learn “Jewishly.”

Why Badge Learning?
Badge learning is a proven method to motivate children and increase their excitement for learning. For more information about badge learning click here.

Why do Jewish Education outdoors?
Please read our blog posts on Why We’re Starting the Shoresh Outdoor School and why we think it’s important to Take Jewish Education Outdoors.

What is the daily Schedule?
Based in the eight-shields model designed by Jon Young

3:30-4:00pm Rolling arrivals, Snacktime
4:00-4:15pm Opening circle
4:15-4:25pm Get in Your Guf
4:25-4:30pm Sit Spot
4:30-4:50pm Garden-based activity
4:50-5:00pm Break
5:00-5:20 Forest-based activity
5:20-5:30pm Closing Circle

Is there a washroom on site?
There is a portable washroom facility on site.

What happens in the event of rain?
In the event of light rain, programs will run as usual, making use of our covered spaces. The Shoresh Outdoor School is an outdoor program and parents should make sure to send their children with full rain gear and lots of warm layers. In the event of extreme weather, the Shoresh Outdoor School will relocate to a nearby indoor space.

What should my child bring with them each day?

• Closed toed shoes
• Rubber boots (for river exploration)
• Brimmed hat
• Rain gear (Every day!!!! Just in case!)
• Sunglasses
• Extra socks
• Extra layers
• Medications, inhalers, epipens, etc.
• Sunscreen
• Small backpack
• Snacks
• A full water bottle!!!

*Please remember that the Shoresh Outdoor School is an outdoor nature program and your child will be spending time playing outside rain or shine. Please dress your child in weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty.

Who are the staff?
The Shoresh Outdoor School is staffed by an allstar team of educators! All staff have undergone hands-on training in outdoor Jewish environmental education and are truly gifted at communicating the awe and wonder they experience relating to the natural world. Maya Stern, Shoresh’s Family and Youth Progam Coordinator brings extensive experience in nature education. Tiferet Nashman, Shoresh’s Event and Curriculum Coordinator, brings a strong background in Jewish education. At the Shoresh Outdoor School, there is a staff:child ratio of 1:6. All staff are first aid trained and certified.

Wait! I still have more questions!
Not a problem! Please contact Maya Stern, Family at Youth Program Coordinator at or  416-805-8382.


The Kavanah Garden is a project of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs. During the growing season, we host a FREE family drop-in program at the Kavanah Garden on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-6pm. No registration necessary, but parental supervision is required. As well, through the season we will host multiple community festivals and learning opportunities open to community members. For more information, check out our Calendar of Events at




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