What is Forest School?
Forest School is about teaching children using the outdoor environment, the ethos is about promoting confidence, self esteem and independence through small achievable tasks. All Forest School sessions are linked to the curriculum, with the emphasis on child-led learning.
While playing in nature children become motivated learners. They are engaged and work with others more effectively. Learning is transferred back into the classroom.
Forest School is a long term holistic learning process that aims to raise self-awareness and self-esteem in participants. Regular sessions take place in natural environments, where the landscape itself adds to the experience of learning. Qualified practitioners, trained in child development, self-esteem and learning theories facilitate sessions to gain personal outcomes for each participant. Forest School can be applied to all age groups and abilities and can be linked to the Australian National Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework.
Forest Learning in Action
Nature Play QLD supported Mt Nebo State School with a personalised site specific Forest Learning Workshop. Take a look at the magic they have since created in their own Forest School, captured beautifully in this short video below.
We are pleased to announce we have a number of Forest Learning opportunities - all this is training for adults!
The content for all learning opportunities are linked with the Australian Curriculum, My Time, Our Place and the Early Years Learning Framework.
Level 3 Forest School Leader Training - 5 days
After the huge success of the first four Australian Level 3 Forest School Leader courses in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Nature Play QLD's partners, Forest School Learning Initiative (UK), are delivering this workshop again in 2019. This is a thorough training qualification which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to set up and run a Forest School.
Date: 27th to 31st May, 2019 (5 day course)
Venue: Myhorizon and IndigiScapes, Capalaba
Cost: $2225 to include Open College Network West Midlands registration
Suitable for: Qualified educators of children 2 to 10 years.
Personalised site specific Introduction to Forest Learning Workshops
Organise a personalised workshop for your service - we'll come to you! Suitable for groups of educators, 20 or more people.
Cost: $2200 inc GST. Larger group size available for an additional $110 pp inc GST.
Forest Learning Workshops - 1 day
This Forest Learning and STEM Workshop is perfect for those wanting to learn how to implement Forest Learning/Bush Kinder and outdoor STEM learning experiences into their educational centre or school.
Forest Learning and STEM Workshop
Explore and experience an established bush kindy site with the opportunity to discuss routines, STEM experiences, tips and overcoming barriers with experinced forest school leaders.
Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Location: Clearview Early Learning and Kindergarten, 86 Dugandan Street, Nerang, QLD, 4211
Cost: $220 (inc GST) + booking fee
Guest Speakers: Debbie Priest, Director and Forest School Leader and Nettie Lester, Kindergarten Teacher and Forest School Leader