“If we hope to preserve our way of life, the first thing we must do is rediscover our respect for the land, the water, and the entire natural world. And if we do manage to regain that respect, then we must make sure that human beings never lose it again.” – Lois E. Hole

St. Albert Nature School (SANS) is a non-profit education based organization committed to teaching children through experiential nature-based programming.

This is not your typical classroom!  Rain or shine, hot or cold, students spend the their time outside connecting to the environment around and utilizing its tools for intellectual, physical and emotional development.  Meetings take place on the logs and stumps that make up the forest;  students utilize sticks and rocks to practice their early literacy or numeracy skills; and seasonal centres focus on harvesting the fall garden, building the winter snow forts and “cooking” in the spring mud kitchen. Learning is hands on and experiences are used to build on one another.

Our outdoor classroom is based out of the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association Clubhouse which is used to access washrooms and shelter during extreme weather conditions.


St. Albert Nature School is owned and operated by Nicole Tomas and Lori Waters-Sim. We are two Bachelor of Education graduates with a combined 12 years of teaching experience in early elementary french immersion classrooms. We believe that children thrive when given the opportunity to be outdoors learning and connecting through nature.


Brooke Leslie is the newest member of our team!  Miss Brooke comes to us with a B.A Degree with a specialization in Early Childhood. She has years of experience working as an educational assistant in classrooms and running outdoor camp programs. She believes in Nature based education and has had the opportunity to observe it in practice while living abroad.  She brings both international perspective and new ideas to our programming and we are thrilled to have her join us at St. Albert Nature School.