Nature Based

South Shore, Massachusetts Forest Adventure Groups

Our Forest Adventure Groups are a new service offering for children all throughout the South Shore.

Large Occupational Therapist Guided Outdoor Play Groups

These are large groups of kids between the ages of 7-12 years old, playing in nature together. Group sizes will range from 10-15 children per group. Each group will be run and guided by a skilled Occupational Therapist, alongside 1-2 additional Group Assistants.

Our Why

The reason behind these groups is complex but important. Modern day society does not leave much time or room for outdoor free play. Yet, free play, especially in large groups, is one of the most beneficial ways a developing child can spend their time. Children learn a variety of essential skills in large group play that will serve them as they become adults. Unsupervised outdoor play teaches children how to handle risks and challenges of many kinds, hence developing a sense of confidence in oneself. This is an inoculation against anxiety. The youth of America have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and isolation than ever seen before. Our mission here at EXPLORE Pediatric Therapy is to combat these diagnoses by getting children back outdoors together.

What Will Your Child Gain From This Experience?

These groups help to support healthy risk taking, imaginative or explorative play, emotional resilience, problem solving, communication skills and team building skills. Additionally, there are countless benefits from spending immersed time in nature that include decreased stress, lower levels of anxiety, improved immune system and attention restoration.

Group Meetings

Groups meet weekly at a designated location. Each group runs for 90 minutes. Each week, our team will provide supplies and loose parts for the group to engage with. Our staff are there to help and step in when needed, but also to give the children the opportunity to work on skills with the least amount of adult intervention. The Forest Adventure Groups follow the public-school calendar. This means that if school is closed for a vacation week, we are as well. However, we do not close at any additional points throughout the year.

Screen Free

These groups are screen free. Meaning, please do not send your child to group with any type of screen or device. The goal is for them to connect to each other and to nature without distraction.

Weather

Our groups will run all year from September to June, despite the weather. If we must cancel due to a storm or unsafe weather, you will be notified 2 hours prior to the start time of group via email. Weather that we consider “unsafe” includes high winds of 35 mph gusts or stronger, blizzard like conditions, or below freezing temperatures with wind chill and gusts.

Cancellation Policies

If your child is absent from group one week due to personal circumstances or choice, they are welcome to attend any of our other site locations for a make-up session at any point throughout the school year services (From September to June).

Forest Adventure Group Benefits

Nature Based Occupational Therapist Guided Play Groups

Nature Based

South Shore Forest Adventure Groups

Start Date - Week of September 8, 2024.
End Date - Week of June 15, 2025.

LOCATIONS:
· Hingham – Monday’s 4:00pm-5:30pm
· Duxbury – Tuesday’s 4:00pm-5:30pm
· Middleboro – Tuesday’s 4:00pm-5:30pm
· Pembroke – Wednesday’s 4:00pm-5:30pm
· Plymouth - Wednesday's4:00pm-5:30pm
· Marshfield – Thursday’s 4:00pm-5:30pm

EXPLORE Pediatric Therapy Forest Adventure Groups

$ 120 monthly fee for 90mins per week
  • Unlimited option to reschedule or attend other site locations for make-up sessions.
  • Billing runs on the 10th of each month.
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Meet Our Team

Founder and Occupational Therapist
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapist
Special Education Teacher
Early Childhood Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

1 time per week for 90 minutes. This is a drop off model.

We follow the public school calendar for closures. So, if the town school district is off for a holiday or vacation, we are too. We do not close
our services at any additional points throughout the school year.

Our groups begin the 2nd week of September when the new school year starts and run until mid-June when school gets out for summer.

Your child should be able to function in a larger group setting without 1:1 support. These groups are designed to help build confidence, independence, grit and resilience. Also, your child cannot be a“flight risk”in this setting due to the child: adult ratio.

Each group has 1 Occupational Therapist in it. All of our groups have 1-2 Group Assistants, as well.

Proper gear is the most important aspect to your child’s success in nature. Waterproof shoes, layers of clothing when the seasons change, and durable clothing that allows your child to move freely are best. We provide guidance on this as each season changes.

Yes! We do not shy away from the darkness. We offer headlamps, lanterns, and flashlights to group participants.

It is always parental choice for the type of weather they will send their child in. We rarely cancel group! The extreme weather we consider for canceling a group is high winds since our groups take place in wooded areas; anything over 35 mph gusts are too risky. Regarding the cold temperatures in the winter,if it feels like 00 degrees or colder, we will either shorten the group to 60 minutes instead of 90 minutes, or in extremely cold temperatures we do not conduct group outdoors. As an alternative option, your child is welcome to join us at any of our other site locations for a make up session at any point throughout the school year.

Our Forest Adventure Groups are a healthy after school option for children throughout the South Shore community. These are best for ages 7-12 years old. Kids need several hours of unstructured physical playdaily to adequately stimulate and integrate sensory pathways.Since our groups arescreen free, children can disconnect from technology, and re-engage their senses properly. This helps prevent anxiety, depression, burn out, social isolation and inattention like behaviors.