Outdoor Education

Forest School

We can provide short (minimum 6 weeks) or long  term Forest School programmes for schools.

Forest School is based more on the process of learning than it is on the content – more on the ‘how’ than the ‘what’. This means that genuine Forest School practice steps boldly out of the shadow and limitation of ‘planned activities’ and ventures collaboratively into the realms of the unplanned, unexpected and ultimately unlimited. Children and young people are given encouragement to direct their own learning – this often requires catalysing on the part of the Forest School leader either through stimulating play in the outdoors or through ‘scaffolding’ a child’s learning, but mostly through simply observing how children are in the outdoors.
Significantly, and on many levels, a woodland environment is central in supporting this very dynamic approach to learning: the passage of time, from the changing of the seasons, to the contemplation of an ancient tree; the dynamic nature of an outdoor environment – an infinite source of smells, textures, sounds and tastes; a range of visual stimuli from near to far, high to low, very big to very small; and the infinite layers of historical, cultural, spiritual and mythological significance that speak of our deep relationship with trees and woodland through the ages. (FSTC)
Citizens Science

Unleash the scientist within…

You can play a role in recording vital information for nationwide enviornmental surveys

The surveys explore the health of our soils and trees, the quality of our air and water, the distribution of invertebrates, and the importance of hedges. We provide easy-to-follow survey instructions, straightforward ID guides and support from our community scientists across the UK.

Your contribution is important in helping scientists build up a picture of the UK’s natural environment.

Bushcraft Days

Your class can join us for a day of bushcraft – learning basic survival skills as well as how to be a responsible citizen in the outdoors!

We can do:
Basic Fire lighting
Animal tracking
Green woodwork

and discuss the responsibilities that come along with Scotlands unique outdoor access code!

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