Sprite-like, a trio of students makes its way through the woods with ease. They run at a full sprint along winding trails, dodging branches before stopping to catch their breath by the fire. One boy adds a log while another casually stokes the embers, as though nothing could possibly be more normal than a group of five-year-olds tending to an open flame.
Such moments of freedom and ease are central to the identity of New Brunswick’s first forest school. In Irish Mythology, Tír na nÓg is a mystical locale where young people are free to avail themselves of all the world’s enchantment. It is this Tír na nÓg — or “Land of the Young” — that Lisa Brown had in mind when she started the school, a decision that was motivated in large part by the encroachment of technology into childhood.