What is Forest School?

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting

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At Forest School participants take part in a really wide range of activities that develop a really wide range of skills! These could be any of the following and so much more – the list could be fill the page:

  • Fire lighting – different ways of lighting and laying the fire; types of fuel; fire safety
  • Tool use – whittling with fixed blade knives; removing bark with a potato peeler
  • Nature – identifying trees, insects, flowers; looking after birds;
  • Environment – recycling; promoting sustainability
  • Team building – blindfold games; communication activities
  • Physical – tree climbing; active games; using the slack line
  • Creative – nature based art activities; paracord weaving; knife work
  • Mindfulness – setting intentions; breathing; appreciation of nature

In taking part in Forest School, participants have a very good chance at have the following developed:

  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-worth
  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Calculating risks

The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it.

WHAT IS FOREST SCHOOL? | FOREST SCHOOL ASSOCIATION