Forest School is an outdoor education experience in which students visit the same local woodland on a regular basis over an extended period of time.
Through forest play, young people develop problem-solving skills, the ability to interact effectively with others, and knowledge across subject disciplines.
The ethos of Forest School allows learners the time and space to develop their interests, skills, and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences. At Forest School, young people have the freedom to explore, play, build, create, imagine, and use their senses to experience the woodland environment and to engage with one another.
Forest School leaders are specially trained and must be certified to lead groups. At Forest School, leaders/teachers step back and observe the students in order to understand their interests and needs. Then, with this in mind, teachers carefully scaffold differentiated learning experiences which encourage students and inspire them to achieve.
Students visit the same woodland site in all but the most extreme weather conditions on a weekly basis for one to three hours. At Forest School, we subscribe to the old adage that there is no such thing as bad weather; just bad clothing. Forest School in Canada takes place in four seasons: learning how to dress appropriately for outdoor adventures is part of the experience.
Each Forest School program is tailored to meet the needs of the students within the group and is continuously developed as the participants grow in confidence, skill, and understanding.
Forest School is ideally suited for preschool, Junior and Senior Kindergarten, and elementary grade levels.
The only thing better than Forest School is
MORE Forest School."
—Alec, age 5