The Making of Australia’s Own Forest School Leader Tribe

I am absolutely delighted to report that the first Australian Level 3 Forest School Leader course was an overwhelming success! Our qualifying Level 3 Forest School Leaders were a passionate, engaged and enthusiastic group with a breadth of experience and knowledge.

The 5-day training consisted of the teaching and learning of

  • The ethos and practice of a forest school program and the links to educational theorists, the EYLF, National Quality Standards, My Time, Our Place and the Australian National curriculum
  • Children’s holistic development and how the approach links to self-esteem, resilience and emotional intelligence,
  • Risk management and health and safety policy and practice, including outdoor first aid scenarios,
  • Children’s brain development, learning styles, schemas and behavioural management at Forest School,
  • Observations and analysis of Forest School sessions with children,
  • The environmental impact and management of the Forest School site,
  • How to plan and evaluate Forest School sessions,
  • How to complete a ‘Forest School Handbook’ for your service,
  • An introduction to flora and fauna in Qld and how to share the knowledge with children,
  • Common knots, lashing and building self-supporting structures and shelters,
  • Safe tool use, policy, practice and maintenance and woodcraft activities,
  • Fire lighting, management and safety cooking on a fire,
  • And much more…

There was a great deal of laughs, ‘wow’ moments and even tears of joy throughout the 5 days, which I am sure the educators, the Forest School Learning Initiative team and I will remember for a long time.

Since the 5 training days, I have been thrilled to witness the ongoing support, collaboration and team spirit amongst the ‘Forest School Tribe’.

I cannot wait to visit all the services of these inspiring educators over the next 6 months, to offer further support, observe and see the magic in action!


Participant feedback:

"What an amazing course to be a part of. I loved each day and how it was split with practical/theory. Very informative and the 4 leaders were great. Thank you so much. Feel blessed to be part of it all."

"Loved, loved loved the course and learnt so much. Can go back and educate staff at my school on the risk BENEFFITS! Have lots of ideas to implement with the kids and how to involve the teachers."

"Most amazing experience. Have learnt so much about myself in this completely unfamiliar environment. While I agree and promote outdoor learning, it is something that I was not comfortable doing, but now I feel as though I could do it!"

"Love that the nature movement is ramping up in Australia. You've changed the way we practice forever!"

"Fantastic! Loved the heart and soul that the teachers taught us with. The clarity and embracing of everyone on their individual path, with a common goal. I'm so honoured to have been a part of this."


Come join the Forest Learning Tribe!  Three upcoming opportunities:


Introduction to Forest Learning, Maleny

This one-day workshop is the perfect learning opportunity for those wanting to learn how to implement Forest Learning into your educational centre. Suitable for educators working with children aged from 2 to 10 years old, including early childhood, FDC, OSHC, home school and Primary School Educators.  

When: Saturday 19 November, 9am to 3pm.

Where: Ananda Marga River School, 251 Bridge Creek Road, Maleny, QLD 4552

More info here  or  Book here

Or contact [email protected] to host a personalised Forest Learning Workshop at your venue


Next 5-day Course:  Forest School Level 3 Leader Training 

This is a thorough training qualification which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to set up and run a Forest School.  Forest School Learning Initiative (UK) have partnered with Nature Play QLD to extend this provision of Forest School Leader Training to Queensland. Suitable for:  Qualified educators of children 2 to 10 years.  

Location: Brisbane

SAVE THE DATE!:  26 to 30 June 2017.

To register your interest, email [email protected]


Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop, Gold Coast

Additional learning opportunity in conjunction with attending the 2017 Nature Play Symposium: 'Just for the Fun of it!' 

SAVE THE DATES: Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop 10 March & Nature Play Symposium 11 March 2017

More info on Symposium and Workshops here


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