Being outdoors has huge benefits for children, both physically and mentally, and the growing network of Forest Schools aims to tap into those benefits by educating children in the fresh air. Forest School and nature based learning has now become very established in the UK with more than 12,00 trained leaders.
Forest School offers children and young adults:
The inspiration to be curious, fascinated, interested and inventive.
The freedom to explore different ways of ‘being’, feeling, behaving and interacting.
The opportunity to:
Experience beauty and wonder in the woodland and become ‘lost in the experience’
Gain confidence through learning new skills
Develop imagination and creativity
Meet challenges and learn to handle risk in safety
Feel relief from stress and anxiety
Develop their spirituality through a sense of awe at the natural environment.
Increase their autonomy and independence
Take responsibility for own learning and building self confidence