Andrew McMartin, Executive Director
I imagine most of you have a special place in nature that you can draw up in your memory. A place where you caught frogs, got stung by bees, climbed trees, or built forts. You may even be able to remember what it smelled like, what birds lived there, where the fox made its den, or a number of different bumps and bruises you got along the way - evidence of great adventures! These are the kinds of experiences we hope to impart on your children.
The Pine Project provides a space where kids can explore, ask questions, take risks (with the support of their counsellors) and get very dirty!
At the end of their time with us, children may have burs in their hair, clay on their face, and dirt under their nails. Each of these is a thread, a connection to the natural world that, in addition to clogging up the laundry machine, brings them one step further on their path to connecting with nature, and ultimately themselves.
For us it doesn’t matter if the child’s path is heading towards a life as a naturalist, a biologist, an artist, or mechanic. We see again and again that spending time in nature with great mentors can help a person uncover their unique gifts, and add strength in curiosity, adaptability, creativity and resilience. All are tools that we believe set up kids well for a successful future.
Thank you for considering the Pine Project. We hope to have the opportunity to help fill your child's life with fun, laughs, dirt, and adventure.