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At Wild4, we believe in outdoor adventure of any size, from discovering woodlice to climbing trees! We aspire to get more people outdoors exploring the natural environment and we reckon that Norfolk is a great place to get started!
Wild4 facilitates family nature exploration days, long term Forest School programmes, natural learning sessions, adventurous play opportunities, outdoor birthday parties, conservation advice for schools and greenspaces and teacher training.
Our mission is to inspire people to play, explore and adventure more outside in natural, local environments. We encourage hands-on learning, personal development and an appreciation of nature through fun, often novel, outdoor experiences.
What can outdoor learning and play achieve? We have an IDEA:
INSPIRE – the outdoors is an amazing, multi-sensory place that begs to be investigated. Learners should be inspired to gain knowledge, to take ownership of their education; the natural world ignites interest and inspires exploration.
DEVELOP – outdoor learning and experience develop a learner in many ways. Holistic development, the improvement of a person as a whole, is easily achieved outdoors with understanding guidance and learner-centred tasks.
EXPERIENCE – it is paramount for learners to have genuine, hands-on experience of subjects to learn about them and from them. Experience of outdoor, natural environments also prepares learners for risks that exist in the real world, allowing them to make safe and informed decisions.
ADVENTURE – to achieve something that once seemed impossible, to wander in an unknown territory, or to make a groundbreaking discovery; adventure kindles and drives learning and exploration. Even small adventures encourage learners to think independently and solve problems through trial and error with experimentation. Adventure makes us happy, both as children and adults.
Meet the Wild4 team:
Lead Outdoor Practitioner - Vicky Eyles MSc
Vicky has always been intrigued and excited by the natural world. She has over ten years experience working and volunteering with many outdoor education organisations and charities. She has worked from rocky coasts to Broadland, wild woods to urban parks. Vicky studied BSc (Hons) Zoology before exploring the world of outdoor education. In 2013 she returned to education to study MSc Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Her Masters research project investigated experience of learners during a Forest School programme, utilising the voice of the child. From this distinction-awarded work, Vicky presented a paper at the 2014 International Education Conference in Munich, winning best paper in her group.
Vicky is a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and a GNAS Archery Leader. She attends regular bushcraft competency training courses to enhance her skills further. She holds a valid Forest School First Aid certificate and a Level 2 Outdoor Food Hygiene certificate. Vicky is currently undertaking online training for ASD awareness and is attending more survival and bushcraft training in 2018.
We are lucky to have several dedicated volunteers working behind the scenes at Wild4, whether with graphic design, photography or running of events.