Forest Schools

Photo courtesy of Kindling Play and Training
Working with a number of Forest School providers, We have piloted a novel approach to living history using Forest School techniques that we want to use to bring the story of South Pennine woodlands to life for our schools and a wider urban audience by recruiting a new generation of woodland heritage champions.

What is a Forest School ?

A Forest school is a type of outdoor education in which children (or adults) visit forests/woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as “an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment”.

Forest schools use the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children and young adults. Woodlands are great way to learn about ecology and heritage in their own right but woodland can be used to learn about mathematics and communication outside the classroom.