Forest School guides
How-tos, guides & manuals for creating & developing your Forest School.
Arranged, as much as possible in chronological order, most recent at the top
How to set up a Forest School – from the roots up!
'This booklet has been created to support people who are looking to set up a Forest School, become a Forest School practitioner or who are ‘Forest School curious’. The document is a reflective tool to help prospective Forest School leaders navigate through common problems encountered by the community during set up and delivery.'
Forest School Association, 2020
Forest School for Wellbeing
'Working with Newcastle University we have created an information booklet for use in schools and other settings who want to explore using forest school to support children and young people's social and emotional wellbeing.' Looks at the benefits of Forest School, practical guidance and measuring impact of Forest School for wellbeing, case studies, links & references.
Breeze project, February 2020
Setting up a Forest School programme
Pointers and issues to consider before creating your Forest School programme.
OWL Scotland (Outdoor & Woodland Learning)
Setting up a nursery forest school
'There are few areas of early years practice as rewarding as setting up a forest school for the children in your care. Early years consultant and qualified forest school leader, Tricia Pillay, explores how you can introduce a forest school to your setting.'
How to Start a Forest School
'Helpful hints and starter information to help you start a forest school.'
Little Acorns Forest Schools.
5 things to know before starting forest school
A 'list of essential gear that you may want to check out before you head down to the woods…'
Kidly, 28 February 2019
How To Introduce Forest School At Your Setting
Benefits, principles and 11 tips for getting started, from people who have set up their own Forest School provision.
Famly, 21 November 2018
Tips for running a successful forest school where 'magic happens every day'
Tips for practitioners.
daynurseries.co.uk, 4 May 2016
EYFS Best Practice: All about ... forest schools
'The forest school approach is growing in popularity, and it is taking a variety of different formats as settings embrace it in ways that reflect their individual needs.' Includes an interview with Jon Cree, chair of the FSA at the time, and some useful case studies from a range of settings rural and urban.
Nursery World, 18 May 2015