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Nature School

TCC Terra Nova Photo2680 River Road
604-238-8437 (direct to Nature School)

Throughout the seasons and no matter the weather, students of Terra Nova Nature School spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Children explore the natural landscape and its inhabitants for a learning experience that will always be dynamic, emergent and innovative!

Terra Nova Nature School programs take place in Terra Nova Rural Park and the Edwardian Cottage. Terra Nova rural park is a 63 acre park that provides a stimulating and diverse outdoor experience for children, including historic buildings, a community garden, and the award winning adventure playground.
The Thompson Community Association has partnered with the City of Richmond and the Richmond Schoolyard Society to deliver this non-profit Nature School, which is the first in the City.

Programs at the Nature School

Licensed Preschool
Preschool Registration for 2017-2018 School Year
The program is full for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list or have any questions, please 604-238-8437 or

Preschool registration is conducted by lottery in or around mid-March for the following school year. Please contact Thompson Community centre for more information (604-238-8422). 

For detailed program information, please refer to the PDF below or visit
PDF Document  TCC Nature Preschool Information Brochure


The Terra Nova Nature School was featured in the September 2016 issue of Sage Magazine. Read the article below:
PDF Document Sage Magazine - Nature Preschool Article
TCC Nature Preschool Photo 2 
Beyond 4 Walls
Seasonal programs for preschoolers and children are offered under the Nature School umbrella to enhance its reach and impact to varying ages and children who may otherwise not have a Nature School experience. Programs include topics such as growing and harvesting, outdoor spy, and old fashioned survivor skills!

A variety of Beyond 4 Walls camps are offered for summer 2017, including:

Uncovering the Past – ages 8-10yrs
Imagine and explore how past generations lived on the lands of Terra Nova by making crafts, cooking, storytelling and outdoor activities. All Beyond 4 Walls programs are based in the Terra Nova Rural Park outdoor nature-based setting.
Mon – Fri……August 14 – 18….1:00 – 4:00pm
$169/5 Sessions………………..#1996338

Connecting Canadians with Nature
Connecting Canadians with Nature is an investment in the well-being of our citizens. Please review the report below from the Canadian Parks Council.
PDF Document  Connecting Canadians with Nature Report

TCC Nature Preschool Photo 1