What is Forest School?


Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.


Main principles of Forest School

FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.



Our forest school ethos:

At Discover Outdoors, our forest school ethos promotes a child-led approach to learning and play. We promote safe exploration within the woodland environment and encourage children to enjoy a range of outdoor activities sharing our passion for the outdoors enables learners to develop respect for nature; others; and themselves.




Forest school in schools




We have the capacity to offer forest school sessions to all ages from EYFS through to KS3 both at our purpose developed site or on school site. Our regular forest school package includes…

Site development and preparation

Planned sessions in line with holistic development and assessment

Site & activity risk assessments

Risk/benefit analysis

All resources provided

2 Level 3 forest school practitioners

Staff CPD and PPA time covered

Price on application

(Limited availability for 20/21 academic year – enquire today)