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, build confidence and teach children new skills via activities such as shelter-building, green wood-working, 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.
Watch the video below and discover the impact Forest School has had on the children and teachers we have worked with in Manchester.
The children have really loved exploring the outside environment. The hands-on approach has really allowed children to experiment and enjoy learning without even realising.St Mary's C.E. Primary School, 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. Click here for more information.
- Family Taster Days during school holidays.
- Forest School level 3 and level 2 courses and Adult Taster Days. Visit our dedicated page for more information.
Forest School across Liverpool and Manchester
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.
At first, the children's self-esteem is low and they ask if it’s okay to do something before trying anything but after six sessions of Forest School the children’s confidence has developed so much, it’s amazing. The pupils who haven’t tried Forest School yet are all desperate to join in now.Teacher, Our Lady Immaculate Primary School, Liverpool
Get in touch
For more information about our Forest School sessions, training, volunteering opportunities and our other services, please contact:
T: 01772 872000
For more information about our Forest School Project in Liverpool and Manchester, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, please contact:
Molly Toal, Forest School and Communications Officer
What have we been up to at Forest School?
Rewilding children and adults across Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
Keep up with our latest Forest School news, blogs and events, below.
From soil to sand for British Science Week
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Schools receive year-long place on the Forest School Project
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Cooking up treats at Forest School
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