Forest School

Forest School is a unique outdoor learning experience that enables children to explore and learn about nature while improving self-esteem and gaining new skills.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a child-led, play-based ethos that offers children regular opportunities to succeed, improve self-esteem and develop as a person, through hands-on learning in a natural setting.

Sessions help to stimulate creativity, improve self-esteem and teach children new skills via activities such as shelter-building, green woodworking, natural art and fire-lighting.

Over a number of weeks, children are given the chance to play and explore their own interests, enabling them to direct their learning and develop a relationship with nature.

The education team at The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has been championing the Forest School movement in the North West since 2009.

Discover the impact Forest School has had on children and teachers we have worked with in Manchester.

Our Forest School Services

Our experienced team can help you in all stages of your Forest School journey. We offer:

• Volunteering opportunities.

• Forest School delivery programmes at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston and The Hive at Moss Bank Park in Bolton for educational facilities and home education groups.

• Delivery programmes in educational facilities with suitable grounds.

• School ground improvements to create sites suitable for Forest School.

• Family Taster Days.

• Adult Training.

To find out more about our School grounds service click here. 

Adult Training

We run accredited Level 2 and Level 3 Forest School training courses at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston and The Hive at Moss Bank Park in Bolton. Using the outdoor environment, you will learn to encourage and inspire children to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem through the mastery of small, achievable tasks.

Forest School Level 3 will enable you to become a Forest School Leader, allowing you to set up and run Forest School sessions on your own site, supporting children and young people to regularly engage with the natural environment.

Forest School Level 2 will enable you to work as an Assistant alongside a Level 3 Practitioner, helping with the setting up and running of Forest School, and supporting both the Leader and children during sessions.

Upcoming courses are:

Brockholes - Level 3 - FULLY BOOKED UP
Training 26th Feb – 2nd Mar 2018

Skills Days – 17th & 18th April 2018

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The Hive, Bolton - Level 3
Training 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th & 11th May 2018
Skills Days – 18th & 19th June 2018

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Get in touch

For more information about our Forest School sessions, training and our other services:
T: 01772 872000
To find out more about our School Grounds service click here.
To read our beginner’s guide to Forest School click here.

Forest School across Manchester and Liverpool

We also run a Forest School project in Manchester and Liverpool, delivering free sessions and training in four education facilities in each city across the calendar year, thanks to support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 

To find out more about our Forest School project in Manchester click here, or for Liverpool click here.

Alternatively we put out weekly updates across all our social media platforms on, FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

For more information about our Forest Schools supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery please contact:

Molly Toal
Assistant Communications Officer