Forest School

Forest School is a process of learning and development that takes place in a local woodland, usually as part of a programme of regular visits, offering children and young people the freedom to flex their imagination and learn in an exciting, natural environment.

Especially popular for pre-school, Foundation Stage, and primary school children, the Forest School approach also works for a wide age-range of youth groups and pupils, and there is growing interest in its capacity to include those excluded from mainstream education.

Through creative, playful and physical activities such as exploring, building dens, and simple tool use, children's awareness of their environment is allowed to develop naturally, either individually or collaboratively.

Research suggests that regular participation in Forest School sessions:

  • Builds self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves motivation and encourages cooperation
  • Encourages responsibility, independence and the management of risk
  • Improves language, communication and social skills
  • Improves gross and fine physical motor skills
  • Increases understanding of the natural environment and of seasonal change
  • Encourages a positive attitude to learning
Our instructors also offer adult training and support for staff involved in Forest School and other woodland activities.

For more information or to book a Forest School, contact us on 01245 223342 or to send us an email click here.

* hauthe Level 3 Forest School Leader Training - 5th-11th July 2018 *

Experienced Forest School Leader trainers, huathe, will be running a Level 3 Forest School Leadership training course at Danbury Outdoors during the summer.

The course, which is certified and accredited by the Open College Network, includes a 'closing weekend' of additional training which will take place during Spring 2019, and Outdoor Paediatric First Aid for candidates who require it.

Units of learning covered by the course are:
  • Learning and development at Forest School
  • Delivering a Forest School programme
  • Practical skills for Forest School
  • Woodland environment at Forest School
  • Planning and preparing Forest School

Course information can be found here, If you'd like to learn more about hauthe please visit their website

For further infomation you can contact huathe by emailing, or to book please contact Danbury Outdoors on 01245 223342.

Course Info

1/2-day tasters to year-long programmes
Local woodlands, your school grounds, or one of our centres
Please contact us for dates
From £125 for half a day or £200 for a full day
Offered by:
CALL US : 0345 200 4220
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