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Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational learning and development concept that enables learners to develop and explore through hands-on experiences.  Regular opportunities to achieve through child-appropriate activities are presented, and learners are able to take responsibilities for themselves and others in a natural woodland environment.


Forest School develops innate motivation, promoting a positive attitude to learning and building confidence, self-esteem and independence. The Forest School ethos considers learners holistically and well delivered programmes are characterised by establishment of positive relationships and development of activities in learner-appropriate, achievable steps.


Forest School involves regularly visiting the same woodland area over an extended period of time.  The emphasis of a programme is learning in the outdoors rather than learning about the outdoors; although this occurs naturally from being inquisitive in nature. Learners are encouraged to take a role in leading their sessions as their confidence grows within the site, leading to a more direct experience of the natural environment through child-led exploratory play.


Within the range of activities that can exist in a Forest School programme, many can be linked to National Curriculum objectives and learners' health and well-being benefit greatly from the time in nature.



Forest School at your setting

Forest School programmes run regularly over time, ideally once a week ranging from a few months to over several years. School groups benefit from Forest School programmes, but any group of people can become learners, from pre-school to adult.


Wild4 currently runs Forest School programmes across Norfolk.  We can run Forest School programmes at private sites or areas close to settings.


Contact us on to discuss programme possibilities and prices.