The Forest School Experience at South Lee Educate Together

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.