Training Courses


Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders (5 days)

23rd & 24th April, 22nd May, 18th & 19th June 2018 at Pucks Oak Barn

25th - 29th June 2018 at Nower Wood

6th & 7th October, 3rd, 4th & 5th November 2018 at Nower Wood

Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants (4 days)

12th - 15th March 2018 at Bay Pond

1st & 2nd and 29th & 30th October 2018 at Pucks Oak Barn


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What is Forest School?

Forest School is a unique outdoor education programme run by trained leaders. It gives children and young people the chance to explore, learn and discover at their own pace, developing their confidence and self-esteem in a safe and supportive space.


Forest School is a feeling you can’t put into words

Forest School is different from most other forms of 'environmental education' in that it involves a minimum of six sessions in the same woods and the activities are mainly determined by the children and are predominately play based.

The skillful Forest School leader will use the children's own interests to extend their knowledge and skills thereby increasing the next generation's appreciation and care of the natural world.

The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

What happens at Forest School?

Typically, small groups of pupils (usually a maximum of 16) take part in a programme of six or more weekly sessions lasting at least 2 hours.

All sessions are designed and led by trained Forest School Leaders. However, Forest School strongly encourages child–led learning, so as the weeks progress, pupils are given more freedom and responsibility to explore their interests and initiate and direct their own learning.


Forest School uses natural resources to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation. 

Sessions happen entirely outdoors, whatever the weather. This enables participants to connect with nature, experience the seasons and see how the Forest School site changes over time.

Forest School takes place at the same location each week. We run Forest School sessions in school grounds, local green spaces and at our nature reserves across Surrey.

Types of Activities:

  • Green woodworking using tools, e.g. musical instruments and jewellery
  • Shelter building
  • Natural art
  • Knots and lashings
  • Fire lighting
  • Climbing and balancing
  • Habitat exploration

The Benefits of Forest School

Forest School is suited to all ages and abilities. The aim of Forest School is to develop the person as a whole.

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 physical motor skills
  • Increases understanding of the natural environment and of seasonal change
  • Encourages a positive attitude to learning

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