Autumn Forest Camping
Camp for 3-12 years old children in Songjiang
Forest Camping is a three-day program for 3-12 year-old children and their parents to learn hands-on natural science and outdoor skills.
Deep Dive into Nature!
we believe that learning should be FUN!
DAY 1 - SATURDAY 3rd Oct
09:00 Welcome - Set up the tents
10:30 Wood craft (make a bow)
13:30 Knots and Shelters (build a shelter)
19:30 Bonfire + Music Concert
DAY 2 - SUNDAY 4th Oct
08:30 Nature Art
13:30 Plants & Friends (Nature Walk)
19:30 Movie Screening
DAY 3 - MONDAY 5th Oct
08:30 Treasure Hunt
11:00 Wild Cooking
15:00 Certification Ceremony
16:00 Clean-up Challenge (Plastic Pirates)
Plants & Friends
Explore the less walked paths to spot secret colorful wildlife. Learn to find your way among forest and rocky grounds, developing balance and coordination.
Reveal the artist inside you, connect with your creative mind, assess and express your emotions while using natural elements and inspiration from the local environment.
Knots & Shelters
A playful activity in the woodland to learn to tie different knots and how useful they can be.
A basic skill for outdoor campsite, teaching how to manipulate nature in a non-invasive way.
Use the growing confidence with the environment and the knowledge about wildlife to follow the clues through this playful quest for a hidden treasure.
Respect natural resources by learning the journey of food from farm to table. Train basic survival skills by cooking on a campfire. Enjoy a healthy meal made with your hands.
Clean up ecosystems threatened by plastic pollution. Feel empowered to fight it and create awareness about the direct link between our daily habits and the environment.
Grow independence and self-confidence, learn to properly assess risks while exploring Nature in a safe way. Practice building shelters, using knots, orientation and making a bonfire.
Directly observe and discuss the relationships between the local ecosystem and its wildlife. Get a taste of botany, birding, identifying insects and listening to the sounds of nature.
Traditional team games from various countries and different traditions develop motor, social and emotional skills, while providing opportunities to get familiar with the surrounding nature.
The 3 Cs
The sparkle of our learning journey
When one approaches the world with an eager mind to understand it, learning becomes fun. As an ever-growing tree, knowledge always finds room to enlarge its roots and bear new fruits.
A kind heart is our best companion
Happiness is a state of mind that starts from the inside. We celebrate life with gratitude towards the planet and contribute to making this world a better place for everyone. Stewardship for the planet starts early-age.
Sharing our self with the world
Our ability to connect ideas is linked to how confident we feel to fail and try again. Creating a positive environment where participants feel free to experiment and try new things is crucial to nurture someone's confidence.
Forest Camping Highlights
This program aims to provide children living in the city with the opportunity to develop their connection with Nature. The objective is not to transform the child into an encyclopedia but to ensure that she has a positive experience while being outdoors, then developing awareness about the natural processes around her and curiosity to learn more about the world at large.
Cross-curricular project-based study.
Team learning, communication, listening, and collaboration skills development.
Practical life activities that build independence and self-confidence.
Cultivate awareness and respect for the environment.
Create a sense of stewardship and community that transcends nationalities.
We are all citizens of one planet and we need to take care of it.
Introduction to the ecological mindset and how all life forms are important for maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.
Practice healthy living habits through offline activities outdoors.
Build social and emotional skills to relate to each other with kindness and compassion.
This camp program runs for three days and two nights.
Every day activities will be different, following participants' interests, nature's rhythm and unexpected observations during the Nature Walks.
Green Steps Triple Focus
Explore the environment with a scientific mindset, understand the laws of nature, and learn how to interact with the wilderness in safe and responsible ways.
Experience nature as a space to build awareness, respect, and compassion towards each other. Renew old and make new friendships in nature’s many playgrounds.
Songjiang 88 Mutian
It is a perfect base, conveniently located at the greenest area of Songjiang district. It is a combination of forest land, countryside and fields, making it the perfect outdoor classroom to organize nature discovery activities.
What makes this location attractive is the possibility to explore and interact directly with Nature. It is, without a doubt, one of the best spaces for recreation and outdoor environmental education within the city of Shanghai.
Our Nature Guides
MS Marine Biology degree from Spain University, Master in sustainable tourism management from the International Institute of Environmental Education, Montessori Early Childhood certified educator from North American Montessori Center. CEO and founder of Green Steps. Designer of environmental education activities and eco-tourism itineraries in China since 2011. Former mountain rescue officer. With over 10 years of experience as a diving instructor, first aid instructor, and swimming coach.
Postgraduate Degree in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University UK, and Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language from East China Normal University, with a focus on deeper learning strategies. First Aid certified. Over 12 years of experience in the Charity/NGO sector as a board director, project coordinator, teacher trainer, and active volunteer for environmental education, disabled children, and migrant children projects. Teaching environmental topics in Chinese Primary schools and International Schools. Green Steps Nature Guide.
ESL English Teacher with a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certified teacher with a Teaching English to Young Learners specialization. First Aid certified. Having grown up on a rural farm she shares lots of knowledge about plants and first-hand experiences of the natural world, making her lessons fun and colorful. She is passionate about experiential education and uses creativity everything at hand to create engaging experiences.
At least one parent should attend the camp with his child/children.
The first hours, sometimes days, of a camp are often challenging for the younger ones, in particular, if they did not have previous experience spending time away from their usual caregivers.
It takes some time, a few activities and games so that children build up their confidence and get familiar with the camp staff and other participants.
The ticket includes one child and one adult in the camp fees, if you would like to book a second child or adult please purchase the appropriate additional ticket.
In the camp facilities, there are some common spaces, terraces, and rest areas where, after their child gains confidence, some parents might like to stay reading or working while the program unfolds, then join their child later on.
Green Steps activities follow a supervision ratio of one Nature Guide for a maximum of 6 participants, this increases the capacity to provide personalized interactions and ensure appropriate safety control.
All Green Steps Nature Guides are trained as First Aid providers, with internationally recognized certification, completed within the last 24 months.
Please inform us during the booking process and when dropping your child the first time, if there is any medical condition that you think we should be aware of to maintain appropriate safety during this camp. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples: asthma, allergies, recent injuries, behavioral issues, strong fears, etc.
Our program takes place even in case of light rain; in case of heavy rain or storm, we will keep participants updated for alternative activities, rescheduling, or eventual cancelation using the WeChat group established for every single activity.
In case of rain make sure your child brings a spare set of dry cloths secured inside a dry bag, a light raincoat.
Camping tents are adapted to the rain, so we would not change the sleeping arrangements in case of rain.
Shower and bathrooms are available onsite.
Photos & Videos:
Every day there will be a selection of photos and/or videos from the activities shared with parents via a WeChat group established for this purpose.
The media materials collected may be used in our social media for marketing purposes, if you wish not to appear in our public posts please let us know during the event.
Participants need to bring:
We have a limited supply of tents and sleeping bags you use after providing a deposit onsite: first comes, first served. Please let us know what you need at the stage of booking your ticket.
If you have your own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, and mattress), it is best that you bring it.
Comfortable sports clothes, light, and quick to dry.
Hiking shoes or solid sports shoes (we walk muddy paths inside the forest)
A little snack (zero waste to eat along the way mid-way)
Your Nature journal (provided on the first day attending the program).
Small backpack for carrying own equipment.
Be mindful of the ongoing season (i.e. bring a raincoat and an additional set of clothes in case of rain, bring sun protection in case of sunny day, bring mosquito repellent in the hot season, etc.)
BRING REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE - ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES AIM TO BE ZERO WASTE
Depending on the weather, meals happen outdoor on the terrace, on the grass field or under a shelter.
We eat lunch at 12:00 am and dinner at 17:30.
Before eating we all wash hands with water and soap.
To avoid allergies we will ask participants not to share personal food.
Please inform us of any allergies during the booking process and also when starting the activity.
We expect all participants and Green Steps staff to engage in respectful, compassionate, kind behaviors, and respectful communication to each other. We prevent and avoid the use of violence (verbal and physical by any staff and participant). In case of repeated behavior issues that affect safety and others' wellbeing or non-following the Green Steps staff instructions, a participant may be excluded from the program, in this case, fees are not refunded.
The program is facilitated in English & Chinese. This is not a language course, the objective of our communication is that concepts are understood and that participants have fun while maintaining appropriate safety measures.
Transportation is not included.
The exact gathering location is
No. 1121, Hongyang Road, Xingda Village, Songjiang District, Shanghai
Most convenient public transportation is:
Metro Line 5 Xiaotang Station-Exit 2 and transfer to Bus Line 882
地铁5号线 萧塘站-2号口 转乘 882路
88 Mutian Farm reception phone:
Wechat contact and phone of the Nature Guide in charge of the activity will be shared by email and WeChat 48h before the activity.
Booking, Cancellation & Fees:
Booking requires full payment using the registration link here provided (top of the page).
100% refund for cancellation earlier than 7 days before the start of the event.
50% refund for cancellation 7 days or less before the start of the event.
No refund for cancellation 24h or less before the start of the event.
the activity gets canceled for major events (government notice, site
notice, weather alert, or other) a full refund will be provided to
Included in the Camp fees:
Accommodation, activities, equipment, teacher fees, space fees
Not included in the Camp fees:
Outdoor insurance (optional, available under request), extra snacks, drinks and food between meals, transportation
Ask us more questions!
Come and meet us:
Make an appointment and meet our Shanghai Nature Guide team in our Shanghai downtown office. Share with us your questions and concerns. We are more than happy to explain our program to you further.
Green Steps Shanghai Address:
Shanghai, Xuhui District, Panyu Road 1199, building 3, 101 Office.
It's near Yishan Road subway station (Line 3-4)
phone: (86) 134 2499 8471
Green Steps connects people with nature. We design and implement experiential activities to increase respect and understanding for Mother Earth. We teach hands-on natural sciences using the outdoors as a playground and laboratory. We provide families, schools and companies with a personalized solution to develop environmental knowledge.