Have you ever wanted your kids to be more in touch with the outdoor world? Be more in touch with nature? Building forest dens, knowing how to make a fire (if they ever need it) and setting up their tent? Well, have you ever heard of FS? They teach all this and more! So, read on to find out where there are ‘Forest School near me‘
Forest School in Scotland
Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow
With a partnership with the University of Glasgow, these weekly Forest School sessions help build a connection with nature and encourage life-learning skills with a range of activities, alongside two fully qualified Forest School staff! All are part of their school year programme.
Do you think your kids would like to be one with nature?
33 Kirklee Road,
Outdoor & Woodland Learning, Scotland
Their forest schools offer long-term development programmes that occur once a week. The minimum amount of sessions is 6 but they can last longer!
Did you know forest schools originated in Scandinavia? And it grew incredibly in Scotland! Participants would walk to a local woodland environment to take part in outdoor activities, and develop motor skills and outdoor skills like campfire cooking – all in a natural setting.
Forest Schools in Northern Ireland
The Jungle, Magherafelt
With the Forest School teachers, your kids will explore the outdoors to develop their connection with nature. Learn about nature, and develop their physical skills through craft activities, nature walks and bushcraft skills. They can engage with story-time, build dens and huts, learn about campfire cooking and so much more!
An outdoor classroom that is both super fun and involves adventurous activities, all in natural and beautiful settings.
60 Desertmartin Road,
£15.00 per person (minimum group of 10 people) 2-hour session
Northern Ireland Forest School Association, nationwide
Explore ancient woodlands, engage in craft activities using Mother Nature’s materials and help your kids improve their cognitive development! Encourage the involvement of children with nature, whether it’s on beautiful nature reserves or along nature walks!
Forest Schools in the North East
Footprints on the Moon, Northumberland
You’ll all be able to interact and lose yourself within the nature around you. Engage in seasonally-based outdoor activities perfect for families to enjoy. From nature walks, storytelling and foraging to campfire snacks and more!
If you love the environment and wish for your kids to get stuck in with learning how to engage with the outdoor world – this is the perfect experience!
Plessey Woods Country Park,
Monday to Friday 08:00 — 18:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 — 16:00
£6.00 per session
Stomping Grounds Forest School, throughout North East England
So, what are they? An organisation that puts the participants as leaders, to build connections with each other, the environment and with themselves. From undergoing outdoor activities in woodlands to encouraging communities to get together and engage with nature. From making spears out of thick branches to building dens and bushcraft activities that would help you in a woodland environment.
An inspirational and interactive activity that can help your child in many ways.
Monday to Friday
08:30 - 17:00 or 09:30 - 14:30 sessions
From £35.00 per ticket
Forest Schools in the North West
Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside
Perfect to introduce to primary schools and add to the young children’s weekly school activities. If you work at a school that thinks it would be an incredible opportunity – applications to apply for a Forest School end 11th November 2022.
Middlewood House Forest School, Cheshire
Light fires with what you can find, learn how to cook on a campfire and engage in woodland activities using natural materials. All are welcome to develop their thinking, ideas and skills. Use creative thinking to suggest new ideas for Forest School activities and then finish off their session with songs and a story!
Off Carleton Road,
Higher Poynton ,
Monday, Thursday and Friday 09:30 - 11:30
6 block sessions are £40.00
Individual sessions are £8.00 (1 adult and children under 5)
Additional adult and children 5+ £5.00 per person
Forest Schools in the Midlands
Nettle Hill, Coventry
Here your kids will be encouraged to take supported risks appropriate to the environment – instead of being afraid of them!
It’s the best way to get away from the screens, get fresh air and relish under the sunlight. To have the experience to explore more about the world outside of their tablets.
Forest Schools Birmingham, Birmingham
Forest Schools are a brilliant addition to the school curriculum, that can see kids develop their confidence in the outdoors as well as in themselves. They work with a selected group of pupils who might be having trouble at school, or elsewhere. And the Forest School helps them embark on a journey of self-discovery and appreciation of themselves and the surrounding world.
From fun and challenging activities to creating craft instruments, understanding the delicate ecosystem and using their imagination! With so many more positive aspects of a forest school, you’ll see your kids hopefully open up and become much more confident!
Forest Schools Birmingham,
Kingstanding Wellbeing Centre,
Forest Schools in the South East
Natural Playscapes, Sussex
Think den building, tree houses, forest theme play areas, woodland learning and so much more. Making a campfire and encouraging team building and problem-solving!
It’s a no-brainer when you want to combine less screen time, more sunshine experiences, outdoor adventures and confidence building!
Unit 8, New Place Farm,
Call them to see how you can transform your playspace:
Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30
The Forest School Way, London
You can rest assured they’ll be taken care of by highly qualified staff that have worked with kids of all ages and abilities. So, everyone will have a fab time!
Please check the website for upcoming holiday dates
Prices start from £55.00 for a day ticket
Forest Schools in the South West
Outdoors Group, Devon
Join an outdoor woodland adventure during the school holidays, engage in fantastic family fun with this alternative education and watch how your kids grow. With home education, kids are encouraged to use their practical skills and decision-making when working together as a group outside. In a relaxed environment, you can see how they thrive!
Mulitple locations across Devon
Orchard Forest School, Churston Ferrers
They run sessions for local families and communities, with the opportunity to experience a wide range of new skills. They are designed to build self-confidence, esteem and resilience – but not forgetting the fun!
You can explore the fairy garden, hide in the willow dome and hobbit house, build dens, make mud pies, bug hotels and so much more!
Please check their Facebook page for upcoming sessions.
Please check their facebook page for upcoming sessions
So, now you know all the best places to explore the big world, learn new survival skills and gain a deeper understanding of the world outside. All are provided by one of these many ‘forest schools near me’. Your kids will become confident in the outside world and themselves, and isn’t that what we all want?
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