The Forest School Association‘s (2019) definition of 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 not a place- it’s not the title of an education
establishment and it isn’t a set curriculum; rather it’s an approach to outdoor learning with its own principles and a specific philosophy.
We don’t take Forest School lightly! If it’s not following the Forest School approach, we aren’t calling it Forest School!
Our qualified practitioners will carefully consider the participants, providing an experience that suits their needs; given the participant-led nature of Forest School, we can’t prescribe what will be included, we will listen to, support and follow the interests of those attending.
Open Weekly Forest School Sessions
“Seedling”: [Noun]: a young one, growing, becoming stronger and preparing to join the world
We are thrilled to offer a weekly Seedling Forest School session, for children aged 2-6 years to enjoy, to explore the woods, follow their interests and prepare for transition into the world. Parents will share this experience with their children, learning, playing and crafting together. Children under 2 years are welcome, but there’s no need to book/pay if attending with an older sibling.
To find out more, including dates, times and to book, please see this link
“Wildling”: [Noun]: a person who is growing more wild, and becoming feral; who is it home in the wilderness, and possesses a carefree and expressive nature
We are thrilled to announce the return of our long running weekly Wildling Forest School Group, for Home Educated children aged 7 years and older!
The session allows children and young people the freedom to explore and enjoy the woods, follow their interests and ultimately to develop their well-being, confidence and resilience, whilst learning about themselves and the world. Parents will share this experience with their children, learning, playing and crafting together.
Just click this link for more details, including when and where we meet, and to book!
“Feral”: [Adjective]: they seem wild and uncontrolled; in a wild state, especially after escape from domestication.
Our weekly Feral Club takes place on an evening, and is an opportunity for children aged 7 to 14 years to find freedom in the fresh air, whilst taking part in this Forest School programme, as well as enjoying bushcraft activities, target sports and wide games. The Feral Club meets at 6pm until 8pm, either on a Tuesday or Wednesday at Baby Moon, Dunsdale, TS14 6RH.
Here’s the link to the Feral Club details; this is a hugely popular club, if there isn’t places left, the just Get In Touch via the contact form below, and we will add you to the reserve list!
Our other Forest School Programmes
We work with or good friends at Community Ventures from Middlesbrough to host this 12 week Forest School programme, which has a strong focus on developing the well-being of the adult participants, as well as developing their employability skills. The John Muir Award is used as part of the programme, giving the weekly sessions greater focus, as the team approaches each of the four challenges.
This was such a rewarding programme, which ran for one year, with the patients from Victoria House, Cygnet Healthcare.
Working alongside the Occupational Therapy Team, we focused on developing independent living skills, maintaining focus and becoming more active.
Commissioned by the team from Youth Work Plus, as part of the Youth Service for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, we have hosted several Forest School programmes, including diversionary summer school programmes!
This was a pilot which has now developed into the Progress Programme. Funded by Routes to Work, we worked with adults who were long-term unemployed with a view to providing them with recent experience so that they could present the skills and qualities needed to potential employers.