Forest school is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. We believe everyone should have regular, long term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities.
We offer a learner-centered approach, where participants can learn through self directed play and exploration. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to access risk.
The Irish Forest School Association have beautifully described the Forest School experience:
What to happens at a forest school session?
Activities change with the seasons and we make sure to allow space to explore learning opportunities as they arise. As such, there is never a set schedule of activities but some of what we may explore includes:
- Wild edibles and medicines: learning to forage safely and ethically; making teas, medicines & wild cooking on the fire.
- Tool use* and craft: Learning how to safely use tools such as saws, knives, drills, secateurs. Using these tools to create beautiful objects from wood.
- Den building: Working together to build group shelters and learning the basics of outdoor living.
- Animal track and sign: Get camouflaged, learn how to stalk like a fox, explore the traces left by animals who share the woods with us and what we can learn from the birds.
- Nature-inspired games and sensory awareness activities to build deep connection to self, each other and to nature.
- And our course plenty of campfire stories, songs, chats and fun!
*Tool use is closely monitored and supported.