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Forest School guides & books

Forest School experts share their skills & knowledge through books & guides for Early Years, Primary schools & anyone wanting to develop their outdoor provision.

- How-tos, guides & manuals for creating & developing your Forest School
- Starting & growing Forest School provision at your setting
- Forest School book recommendations to inspire and inform your time outdoors

We’d love to hear about the books & guides that have inspired you or informed your Forest School practice. Please send links, recommendations or short reviews to

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Guides & manuals

Arranged, as much as possible in chronological order, most recent at the top.

Snow Day at Forest School!

5 top tips for managing your Forest School in snowy weather.

This article appeared in issue 4 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
Download the article for free below

Snow Day at Forest School

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Forest School books

The books below are all available to purchase from Muddy Faces. You can find even more Forest School books in our shop, from research and pedagogical approaches to practical guides and inspiration. All our books have been read by our team, and we are happy to recommend them.

The Essential Guide to Forest School & Nature Pedagogy - Jon Cree & Marina Robb

£19.99 exVAT

This book is a complete guide to Forest School provision and Nature Pedagogy and it examines the models, methods, worldviews and values that underpin teaching in nature. Published 2021.

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Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years

£18.99 exVAT

How has Forest School helped to change attitudes about risk and challenge in the early years? What are the benefits of using this approach for children’s development, health and overall wellbeing?

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Developing a Forest School in Early Years Provision

£19.99 exVAT

Explains what Forest School really means and combines theory with practice on the importance of play and risk.

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Forest School and Autism - Michael James

£21.99 exVAT

A practical guide to delivering Forest School methods to people with autism - both children and adults - with advice on how to adapt activities to make them more inclusive. (see book review from Jon Cree below)

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Forest School for All - Sara Knight

£30.99 exVAT

Anyone interested in how to implement the Forest School ethos in their learning environment will be enthused and inspired by this book.

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Forest School in Practice - Sara Knight

£26.99 exVAT

A beautiful full-colour book by Forest School expert and teacher Sara Knight that inspires and encourages individuals of all ages to take an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning.

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International Perspectives on Forest School - Sara Knight

£27.99 exVAT

Forest School is now implemented across a wide range of settings both nationally and internationally, and this book explores the global similarities between the Forest School approach and how natural spaces are being used all over the world.

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See also

More guides available in the Muddy Faces Outdoor Hub

Loose parts guides

Toolkits, guides & manuals for working with loose parts and stimulating loose parts play.

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Fire guides & activities

From fire safety, setting up your fire area and fire pit designs, to ignition methods, fire lighting and cooking, to safely extinguishing at the end of the session, we have developed an excellent range of fire-related guides and activities - useful for everyone from beginners to experienced outdoor practitioners.

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Woodworking & tools guides

How-tos, guides & manuals to choosing & using tools outdoors.
Early Years & Primary School children can develop woodworking skills with proper training & supervision.

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Learning outdoors guides

How-tos, guides & manuals for creating an inspiring environment for outdoor learning, and projects that can be undertaken.

Arranged in chronological order where items are dated, most recent at the top

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Foraging guides

Tips and guidance for responsible and sustainable foraging.

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Outdoor play guides

How-tos, guides & manuals for nature play & outdoor play.

Arranged, as much as possible, in chronological order, most recent first

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Books in the Muddy Faces shop

Browse our book sections for more titles on practical and theoretical perspectives on Forest School, outdoor play and learning.

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Books & Identification

This section is full of fantastic books to support your outdoor play, outdoor learning and forest school through theory and practical ideas. We stock fiction and non-fiction books all related to the great outdoors.

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