Year Round Program
Room to Roam Outdoor Learning is an outdoor early childhood education program for 2.5 to 5 year olds in the Tricities area. We are a roaming program in that we do not have a home base building. Instead we rotate among a variety of parks. In this way we can offer a broad range of natural settings and experiences. We work with the local Parks and are fully insured.
Locations: We will be visiting different parks throughout the year to give the children exposure to a diverse range of natural environments. We will be visiting Lions Park as our home base park along with, Chelsea Park, Wellington Park, Lafarge Lake and Glen Park.
Class Size: Our teacher to student ratio is 1:6 and we run our programming with a small class size at a maximum of 12 students per 2 educators. In this way each child can connect with our educators and be provided with the support they need.
Choice of days: We offer classes four mornings a week from Monday through Thursday and whether you want to have your child attend all 4 days or 2 days or 3 days it’s your choice which days of the week you would like. We do ask that children attend a minimum of 2 days a week as we have no “walls” so we must gain your child’s trust quickly. The more your child attends the more quickly a connection is made and trust is established. Also 2 days a week allows the children more opportunity to learn our routines and connect with their peers to develop more meaningful friendships all of which aids in developing their social and emotional skills.
We generally follow the school year operating schedule and break in December for the Christmas holidays as well as spring break.
Registration for the upcoming 2022-23 school year is now open. To register we require a non-refundable registration fee of $50.
2.5 – 5 year olds
September to June
9 am to 12 noon
Monday through Thursday
(your choice of days based on availability)
Locations: Lions Park, Chelsea Park, Lafarge Lake, Wellington Park and more!
2 days per week $320 per month
3 days per week $420 per month
4 days per week $520 per month
This is a 3 hour mixed age class. We’ll enjoy the beautiful parks of Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam. Children will have the freedom to run, and move about our parks all while learning about environmental stewardship and how to care for the plants and animals in our parks. We will be learning how to be safe while we are outside and how to work together and stay together. We will also be learning about kindness and giving through participation in our give weeks. Children arrive with their own snack and water.
3 to 5 year olds
September to June
1 pm to 4 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Locations: Lions Park, Chelsea Park, Wellington Park, Lafarge Lake and more!
Fee: $320 per month
On Tuesday and Thursdays afternoons we are offering a 3 hour program for 3 to 5 year olds. We will hike through the trails we encounter and explore and identify the plants and animals in our parks. We will have the freedom to run, climb and move about as we discover the different plants, trees and wildlife in our parks and learn about environmental stewardship and how to care for our parks. We will be learning how to be safe while we are outside and how to take care of each other. We will also learn about kindness and giving through participation in our give weeks. Children arrive with their own snack and water.
What to wear?! A complete gear list…
Cold, wet weather
- Rain coat and rain pants.
- Rain boots – in cold weather rain boots with a warm liner or with neoprene (Kamiks or Bogs).
- Warm under layers made of wool or polyester fleece.Use at least three layers in cold weather. No cotton please. Cotton gets wet and draws the warmth out of your body.
- A toque that fits under a hood.No pom poms please. They are so cute but they don’t fit under a hood.
- Warm, waterproof mittens.
Warm, dry weather
- Brimmed sun hat.
- Sunscreen already applied.
- Closed toed shoes.
- Long sleeved shirt and pants (cotton is ok in the warm, dry weather).
- Extra sweater or hoodie.
- Rain coat (can be kept in backpack or tied to the outside of pack).
What goes in the backpack?
Each child needs to come with a back pack that fits their body and can fit all the things they need. It’s best to have a pack with a chest strap which helps the pack to fit comfortably throughout the day. The pack should contain the following items:
- Extra set of clothes (socks, underwear, pants, shirt) in a waterproof bag (ziplocks work great).
- Diapers and wipes if necessary.
- Water bottle.
- Snack in a reusable container that your child can open and close.
- A small cup for tea.
- Whistle to hang on back pack (often these are built into the chest strap).
Note that educators do carry an extra set of clothing, sunscreen and hand warmers just in case. Each child is expected to come appropriately dressed for the weather.
We depend on the income we receive from our fees. Thank you for your support!
Click here for our withdrawal policy.
- 2 days per week
- Days of your choice
- $320 / month
- 3 days per week
- Days of your choice
- $420 / month
- 4 days per week
- Monday through Thursday
- $520 / month
We are running our summer camps for children aged 3- 6 years old at different locations for the month of July. Each week of July we will being offering a 3 hour session from 9 am to 12 noon for 5 days a week at a rate of $200 per week.
- There is a siblings discount available of 10% off the second child.
- There is no registration fee.
- Full payment is required at the time of registration.
- Classes will happen rain or shine.
- Each child is expected to pack their own snack, bring a water bottle, have sunscreen (already applied prior to class) and appropriate clothing. Please see “What to wear” for our warm, dry weather wear items.
- The teachers will have extra water with them and emergency sunscreen for children if necessary.
Summer Camp Withdrawal Policy:
To withdraw from the camp, 30 days written notice from the beginning of your first camp is required. You will receive 50% of fees back.
There will be no full refunds regardless of when you registered.
July Camps – 2022
Registration Opens March 1st, 2022
Dandelion: July 4 – 8
Lions Park – Come join Miss Cheryl and Miss Nina in some wonderful exploration within beautiful Lions Park. We will play among the shady trees and head down to the river to explore, play in the sand, look for minnows and watch out for ducks and other shore birds. We’ll have our mud kitchen and magnifying glasses out to help in our exploration.
Foxglove: July 11 – 15
Chelsea Park – Come join us at this beautiful park with access to forested trails along the salmon bearing streams. We will have lots of adventures on nature walks and free play in the forest. Oh so much to discover in the forests. Mushrooms, ferns and wildlife oh my!
Lupine: July 18 – 22
Hockaday Park – Oh what fun we’ll have at this little gem of a park. After we explore the playground and open field we’ll take the time to head into the forested trails along the river and learn about the fish, bugs and animals that live here. We’ll stop to explore along the sandy river banks and we’ll be sure to have our mud kitchen!
Fairy Bell: July 25 – 29
Blue Mountain Park – There is just so much to explore at Blue Mountain. We’ll be in the shade of the tall trees and explore the many pathways. There are many interesting sculptures, a small pond and waterfall which offers a lovely place to wonder, provoke imaginary play and of course climb.
Lions ParkLions Park – This beautiful park in central Port Coquitlam offers so many opportunities to explore play among the tall shady trees and wide grassy fields. While it’s got an amazing playground we can also head down to the river with our mud kitchen and learn about our local salmon habitats and how we need to care for it.
Chelsea ParkThis lovely quiet park tucked away in a quiet residential area offers us large grassy fields and a playground as well as access to the creek side Poco Trail and forest. So many possibilities here for exploration of our natural forested parks.
Blue Mountain ParkThe lovely park in the middle of Coquitlam just has it all. We will be playing among the tall Douglas Firs and Cedars, exploring the stream and pond and hitting up the playground.
Coquitlam River ParkThis amazing park offers us a little oasis into the forest and river running through it. Part of the Poco Trail runs through the length of this park offering such wonderful access.
The Parent will pay one month’s fees upon registration. This amount is not refundable in the event of cancellation prior to the commencement of the program in September. The Deposit will be applied to the last month’s fee when proper notice of withdrawal from the Room to Roam program is given.
In the event you wish to withdraw your child from the program, the Parent is to give Room to Roam 30 days written notice of withdrawal of the child. If proper notice is not given, the Deposit will be forfeited. (i.e. If the last day of care will be March 30, notice must be given by March 1st. )
The last date to be eligible to withdraw or make changes during the school year and receive a refund is March 1st for leaving April 1st. No deposits will be returned after this deadline.
Once the program starts, no refunds will be given for missed class days, including cancellations due to weather or other causes. Room to Roam is unable to offer make-up days for missed classes.