A forest learning center in Sint-Niklaas
The Ark is a primary school following the Freinet principle of ‘live learning’.
Students will discover a vast living space full of wonderful creatures, stories, possibilities, communities, cozy corners and thrilling adventures.
As we set out on our journey of teaching the next generation, we have a responsibility to (re-)connect pupils with their natural environment, so they can be rooted in neutral but diverse, common but extraordinary, thrilling but non-judgmental ground. And from those roots, build their own dreams as individuals and as engaged members of the community.
Forest Maker Nicolas de Brabandère
Forest Report: 9 Months
Survival Rate: 85%
Tallest Tree: 120cm
A big maintenance day happened on October 15, with the children of the school. We did have a small incident in this Pocket Forest — the local ‘park team’ thought it would be a great idea to create a path through the forest so they cleared some trees. The school direction has taken action, the missing trees will be replanted and they fenced the site.
“The world is our classroom, starting with the nearby school environment and neighborhood. As we venture out into the world, we discover a vast living space full of wonderful creatures, stories, possibilities, communities, cozy corners and thrilling adventures.”
— Mieke Derynck, De Ark, leader in environment
Forest Report: Planting
- Minerals & Elements
- Beneficial Biology - Microbes and Fungi
- Organic matter - that holds Water