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Forest Schools

School's out! (...in the forest!)
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.  Forest Schools leaders run activities for groups, incorporating outdoor bushcraft skills to build the student's confidence in an outdoor environment.  So much more than just a 'Natural Classroom', Forest Schools uses outdoor and woodland environments to encourage the creativity, skills and confidence of students of any age, from pre-school to adult.  
Forest School activities
What's it all about then?
Forest Schools is most effective when delivered as 'regular and continuous learning in an outdoor environment', so we encourage groups and classes to book a series of sessions, which will build up basic skills such as communication, teamwork, self confidence, and self esteem.  Participants will see these skills develop and grow over a number of sessions.  
What kind of activities are there to choose from?
Forest School sessions may incorporate a number of activities including Den building, games, natural art, knots, tool use, construction activities, fire lighting, outdoor cooking and free play.  Every group's Forest School experience will be different, as the activities are always tailored to the group's needs.  the Forest School ethos is focused on learner-led activities, to develop the strengths of the participants, so if your group shows an interest and aptitude for a particular activity, that will be encouraged and built upon.
How do I find out more / book a series of sessions for my group?
You can give us a ring for a chat about how we can develop a Forest School programme tailored to your group.  We can then send you out more detailed information, pricing, etc.  
Forest Schools training
Who is it for?
PrFont34Bin0BinSub0Frac0Def1Margin0Margin0Jc1Indent1440Lim0Lim1Anyone who is interested in becoming more confident working in the outdoors. It is particularly suitable for teaching staff, scout/guide leaders, nursery workers, and for those who lead walks or activities of any kind.   
What will I learn?
PrFont34Bin0BinSub0Frac0Def1Margin0Margin0Jc1Indent1440Lim0Lim1Forest schools trainees will learn about the history of Forest Schools and how it came about, how to plan, organise and deliver Forest Schools activities to groups of all ages. You'll learn how to build confidence in your students by encouraging them to take a lead in their own development. Using skills from den-building to fire-lighting and campfire cooking, you will inspire, support and encourage your students in an outdoor setting. There are 3 levels of training and we currently offer Levels 1 and 2 in Walsall at the moment. There is no need to do each level in turn. Just choose the Level that most suits your needs.
Level 1:
Aims to build knowledge and confidence in the safe use of equipment and tools. You'll learn basic woodland skills, from identification of trees, to knot-tying and fire lighting. You'll learn how to use natural learning environment to enable your learner groups to develop thier own skills and grow in confidence.
Level 2:
The level 2 course builds on the Level 1 experience, introducing creative ways to engage with groups of all ages..It also introduces different activities that you can use to develop and diversify the Forest School sessions that you deliver. You'll build yet more woodland skills, with the confidence to be able to pass on what you know and in turn build the skills of your students. As a Level 2 practitioner, you will be trained to support a Level 3 practitioner in developing and leading activities.
        Part of this course involves designing and delivering a Forest School programme alongside a level 3 practitione
Sounds Great!  Where do I sign up?
Please give us a ring to find out when the next available course is running. Just phone Countryside Services on 01922 65 4260 or email curnown@walsall.gov.uk.
Contact us
Environmental Improvement Team
Clean and Green Environmental Depot
200 Pelsall Lane
Telephone 01922 653344
Email eit@walsall.gov.uk