For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

WITH is a Registered Charity
Registered office: Coed Y Llyn Farm, Treflys, Porthmadog, LL49 9YL 

Registered Charity Number: 1147117

What is Forest School?

‘Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees’.

(Forest School Association)

 

Young People learn best from first hand experiences. Using a range of activities both designed by the leader and instigated by the young people themselves, you will explore and learn about a woodland environment while developing practical and social skills. Building independence, confidence and social skills are important parts of Forest School and we aim to encourage confident creative and independent individuals who can work effectively both by themselves and in groups.

The Forest School Principles

Our Forest School sessions are based upon the principles agreed by the UK Forest School community.

  1. Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

  2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  3. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  4. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

  6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.

Possible Activities for Forest School

Activities for Forest School are varied. Some will be planned and led by the Forest School Leader but others will be decided by the you and the other people in the group in order to allow you to try out your own ideas, explore your own interests and to attempt new ideas. The activities will depend on the ability, experience and interests of the young people in the group. Some of these activities might include:

  • Den Building

  • Woodworking

  • Fires & Cooking

  • Exploration and Foraging

  • Games

  • Natural Crafts

 

 

Other details

Each Forest School session lasts for three hours in either the morning or afternoon. Start times vary so if you are not sure what time your session starts, please contact WITH using the details above. The group will meet at the area designated in ‘The Forest School Site’ section below. Please make sure you arrive promptly. We will wait at the meeting area for a maximum of 15 minutes after the start of the session to allow for any late arrivals. If you arrive later than this, an adult will need to accompany you into the forest to locate the rest of the group.

 

If, for any reason, you are unable to attend Forest School on a specific week, please let us know as soon as possible using the details above. If we need to cancel a session, we will give you as much notice as we can and make sure you receive this missed session at another time.

 

All staff involved in Forest School hold relevant DBS checks and attend regular safeguarding training. All concerns and disclosures will only be shared with the designated safeguarding officer and necessary agencies, if appropriate.

Forest School