Found In The Forest is a documentary exploring the Environmental School, a new public school in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada which opened it’s doors in the fall of 2011.
The film investigates the differences between it and traditional schools, looking at the style of learning, ecological involvement, class structure, and the impact of outdoor learning on the children. With the school still in it’s infancy, teachers, administrators, researchers and parents are working together to develop a school that gives students a rich and unique learning environment while challenging conventional educational models.
As a parent of a child attending the school, Filmmaker and Photographer Craig Cerhit was able to explore every aspect of the school with unfettered access. How can you teach math without a chalkboard or textbooks? Can a child really learn in the rain? How can a BMX track be educational? These questions and many more are answered. By following the students for over two years and interviewing the school administrators, teachers, parents, researchers and students Found In The Forest answers many questions for those who want to know more about this unique school.
The film is in it’s final stages of production and will be available for purchase and rental by the end of February 2014.