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, self-directed learning experiences in a woodland environment.

Based on a Scandinavian concept of working outside in nature with young children, Forest Schools encourage participants to initiate their own play and learning, take risks and respect their environment and one another.

All Forest Schools programmes aim to engage participants in their own learning, help them to master achievable tasks, develop social and emotional skills and build confidence and self esteem.

It is important that participants' basic needs are met during a session before learning can begin. warm clothing, food and drink and an environment in which they feel safe form the basis of any session. Routines and boundaries are an important part of Forest schools, helping participants to feel safe and to start to understand physical and social boundaries.

The Forest School programme usually takes place for a minimum of 1 session per week over a 8-10 week period.  However, a longer term approach is preferred to fully benefit participants’ development and learning.  Programmes are based around engaging themes through which woodland skills are taught in a safe, positive environment.  The sessions all include team work, self-initiated learning and achievable tasks.  Activities can include shelter building, tool use, fire lighting, campfire cooking, other woodland crafts, art and music. For younger children and early years forest schools are about exploring, discovering, imagination and building confidence in the outdoor environment. The sessions are facilitated by qualified Forest School leaders.