399 King Rd, Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X1 - Traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw

(250) 797-4758

Nature education for the land and soul

Youth Programs


Fianna Wilderness School is offering forest programs for kids throughout the mid-island and on Gabriola Island. Our programs are for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12. We offer yearlong nature-based mentorship in the 8-Shields model, an approach to education that was developed by Jon Young at the Wilderness Awareness School. The 8-shields “Coyote Mentoring” approach formalizes the child-led, experiential schooling methods apparent in nature-based cultures. This approach cultivates our children’s curiosity and innate wisdom, guiding them into personal and collective learning experiences that reveal their gifts and support their development towards healthy maturity and wholeness. 

Your kids will learn about responsible harvesting, medicinal and food plants, natural materials, wild crafting, navigation, tracking and stalking, bird language, ancestral heritage and local ecology. With strong core routines of gratitude, circle sharing, singing, storytelling, inquiring, mindful “sit spots”, and mentoring of each other, they will experience and incorporate a nature-connected community-minded culture, grounded in relationships of respect and reciprocity. 

We are also very excited to be starting our farm program this year. We have come to believe in the balance and reciprocity between the wild and the cultivated. Check out our farm page for more details. 

Programs run September-June.

Program Information



Weekly and Monthly forest program for kids ages 6-12, in the Village of Cumberland.



Weekly forest programs at Whalebone Beach and forest. Ages 4-6 and 7-12.



Weekly forest program for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12, in the Town of Comox.

Fianna Farm


Weekly farm and forest program at a stunning 90 acre family farm in the town of Black Creek (15mins north of Courtenay).

Xmas Camps


All day camps for kids in the Cumberland and Comox area.

Spring Break Camps


Week long day camps for kids in the Cumberland and Comox area.