Outdoor learning and Forest School

 Our approach to outdoor learning

Our staff are qualified and experienced  play, outdoor practitioners and forest school professionals and use our passion and interest, combined  with our knowledge, to develop an outdoor learning adventure based on the play and Forest School principles and ethos. There are also opportunities to learn traditional skills.

We offer different adventures tailored to all age groups and commitments from one off sessions to full programmes.

We can enhance our sessions by providing the opportunity to gain nationally recognised certificates including Young Star Navigator Awards, John Muir Awards

Younger Adventurer

We offer nature play based  adventures for the younger adventurer, where play is used to explore the natural environment, through free play and activities which may include:

  • Campfire cooking
  • Art and crafts
  • Stories around the camp fire
  • Group games
  • Making fires with flint and steel
  • Den / shelter making
  • Nature awareness  activities

Child and LadybirdExplorer Bear at a forest school doing leaf art activityForest School: Treasure hunt

Older Adventurer

We also offer Forest School inspired nature adventures for the older adventurer.  Activities could include the above as well as:

  • Nature skills i.e. greenwood working and whittling
  • Practical conservation
  • Nature surveys
  • Team building and communication skills

Forest school: Whittling ActivityConservation at Fort ApacheTrees

The sessions can include Overnight Adventures / residential and opportunities to gain Certificates and John Muir Awards.

What is a Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Some of the principles

  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning

Taken from the Forest School Association website.

How to take part?

If you want to know more or to arrange a session please contact us to discuss your needs.