Forest Schools

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Forest Schools encourage independence, teamwork, confidence and self esteem in children and young people as they explore and experience the natural world for themselves. Forest Schools are fun and child-led, involving hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.

Forest Schools are recognised nationally as an innovative way of working outdoors with children and young adults. The sessions support many elements of the National Curriculum and focuses on the emotional and physical well-being of the participants.


A typical Forest School programme is run outdoors, and aims to enthuse and utilise the interests of the participants to engage them. Some programmes can have a strong practical skills element and so contribute to the conservation management of our urban woodlands.


The Wildlife Trust can deliver Forest School sessions on one of our reserves, at our Environment Centres, or at suitable locations local to you – perhaps even your school. Please get in touch to find out more.

Our work to deliver Forest school sessions for children at EcoPark in East Birmingham is being funded by the generosity of players of the People's Postcode Lottery.