Nature School

Terra Nova Nature School

2680 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. The rural park is 63-acres and provides a stimulating and diverse outdoor experience for children, including historic buildings, a community garden and the award-winning adventure playground.

Thompson Community Association has partnered with the City of Richmond to deliver this non-profit school, the first in the city.

Visit the official Terra Nova Nature School website for more information.

Preschool Registration Information

2023-2024 School Year
Registration for Terra Nova Nature School will be held by lottery on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 in-person at Thompson Community Centre. Visit for more details and email for inquiries.

Nature Preschool Information Brochure 2021-2022

Preschool Lottery Form 2023

TNNS 2023 Lottery Form

Call 604-238-8437 (Nature School) or 604-238-8422 (Thompson Community Centre) for more information.

Terra Nova Nature School coordinators wrote the following article on mindfulness featured in the 2018 journal for the National Association of Environmental Education, based out of the UK.

Thompson Nature School Article

TCC Nature Preschool Photo 2Beyond 4 Walls
Seasonal programs for children up to 15 years old 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. Curriculum is developmentally appropriate for each age group and topics such as garden-to-table cooking projects, nature awareness games, outdoor skill development and connecting with nature are explored.

Connecting Canadians with Nature
Connecting Canadians with Nature is an investment in the well-being of our citizens. Review the report below from the Canadian Parks Council.

PDF Document

Connecting Canadians with Nature Report

TCC Nature Preschool Photo 1