Forest School is a model for engaging people in “the wild world” where they can be immersed in learning experiences that allow them to take on challenges safely within a woodland environment. The methodology used is focused on the learning process, rather than the learning outcome, whilst allowing the learner to be immersed in the flow of each task in order to acquire a new set of skills using the woodland around them as a resource and stimulus.
Those who participate in Forest School will be encouraged to develop their social skills, levels of independence, communication skills as well as levels of responsibility for their local environment and their curiosity when engaging with the natural world.
Being part of a forest school creates opportunities for personal challenges to be undertaken safely and with appropriate levels of support and guidance. Within the community of the forest school environment the process of taking on these personal challenges can enrich and support the holistic development of any participant.