30 Days Wild

person walking through a meadow with the 30 days wild logo over the top and the question Can You Do Someting Wild Every Day For A Month?

“Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! We’ve got 101 ideas – but you can make up your own, too!”

National Parks Week

Boy Jumping On A Wild Hillside

‘National Parks Week is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks – Britain’s breathing spaces.

There are events across the UK’s 15 National Parks, including many free family events. Choose your nearest Park on the National Park Website, and join in fun activities for all, including:

  • Family friendly adventures
  • Quirky adventures
  • Adventures for beginners
  • Walking routes
  • Family activities
  • Trail running
  • Cycle routes
  • Camping areas

There are countless outdoor activities in which to take part, including walking, cycling and star-gazing.’

#NationalParksWeek

Earthwalks with Jon Cree

Earth education is the process of helping people of all ages live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world. One of the most commonly led earth education vehicles for encouraging people to connect to nature in a deeper way is an Earthwalk.

Earthwalks foster feelings of joy, kinship, reverence and love for the natural world – ‘a light, refreshing touch of nature that focuses on reawakening individual senses and sharpening perceptions in the natural world’.

“Earthwalks, an alternative nature experience” is the new Earthwalk book packed with old and NEW sensory based activities. The book works alongside the workshop to help with the ways of planning for and delivery of earthwalks.

This new publication is the culmination of many years work by the international organisation, the Institute for Earth Education, renowned for it’s earth education programmes and training workshops. This workshop will be delivered by one of the I.E.E.’s accredited trainers; Jon Cree.

What you will gain:

An introduction to earth education and where Earthwalks ‘fit’ in our programmes
A chance to plan and review your own Earthwalk
Experience two different Earthwalks
In-depth analysis on leadership, mechanics, and flow of an Earthwalk
Tools and confidence to lead earthwalks
An update on earth education developments

Date: 6th April 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree.
Cost: £95.00.
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex.
Time: 09.30 – 17.00

Nature Play & the Therapeutic Space (two-day training)

An experiential training for health and education practitioners wanting to work in ‘Green Spaces.’ No previous experience is necessary but would suit people working with children or young people. This two-day training has been created to help those working with groups of young people and children to understand why some children present difficult behaviours and are unable to participate in the group activities.

You will develop your facilitation skills and ability to work with children that present difficult behaviours and explore therapeutic nature-play skills (e.g. reflective communication and use of puppets & sand) which will engage the group of children and individuals building their emotional regulation, curiosity, imagination and well-being.

The course will include:

Therapeutic nature play.
The Forest School Continuum.
Exploring effective strategies for working with children displaying vulnerable and challenging needs.
Establishing Trust: understanding the fundamental importance of safe space/s and how to utilise it.
Psych-ed: Understanding difficult behaviours and the connection between sensory input, emotional response and behaviour (with the impact of ACE).
Explore your own triggers and inner landscape.
Play ideas: child-led and adult-directed e.g ropes and clay.
Key communication strategies: creative, reflective and empathetic skills.
Increase the tool kit to include more sensory-based games.
Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity.
Play skills include sand, puppet and music.
Day one

Theory: Child development and attachment; How to grow a brain, Psych-ed; Importance of nature in childhood; Sensory Play and Stress; Group Dynamic: Importance of connection to others; 7 basic emotions; Exploring your own triggers & inner landscape.
Activities: Role-play: The brain, baby to adult; group work to develop your skills and confidence. Group games and sensory experiences – forest school approach and the creative use of clay.
Day two

Builds on the outdoor skills of participants – e.g. using ropes, puppets, story making.
Setting up your space – tarps, shelters and safe dens.
Importance of risk and challenge. Focus on the need for individual therapeutic play when working with groups and developing skills.
Theory: The Axline principles; Toxic Stress; Eric Berne: Drama Triangle; Attunement; Principles of child-led play – nature play/therapeutic play; Communication skills – instruction/reflection; Safe boundaries & Health and Safety in the outdoors; Risk Assessment; Directive/non-directive.

Date: 22nd & 23rd April 2020
Lead Facilitator: Kate Macairt and Marina Robb
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £175.00
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Forest School Training Level 3

Forest School Training Level 3 with an FSA Endorsed Trainer!
Takes place in East Sussex and near Brighton.

Part 1: (4 days) Wednesday 18th March, Thursday 19th March at Mill Woods, Monday 23rd March & Tuesday 24th March at Parkwood Campsite.
Part 2: (3 days) Wednesday 29th April, Thursday 30th April & Friday 1st May 2020 at Mill Woods.
Part 3: (2 days) Tuesday 2nd June & Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at Mill Woods.

Approved by the Forest School Association and awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands, this Level 3 Certificate provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.

The training will combine key principles of Forest School with best practice from Environment and Nature Education, child development, the world of play (wild, free and therapeutic play) delivered by our professional team who have many years experience.

Circle of Life Training are now providing online learning resources to supplement this in-depth direct training. These documents are laid out in an easy to understand format that link to the Forest School Units. We also supply useful video material, links to best practice, a student upload to share valuable resources and the option to download resources for you to keep.

Full training fee = £920

More details: https://www.circleofliferediscovery.com/index.php?page=forest-school-training

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During a forest schools, learners spend regular time in a woodland environment outdoors leading their own learning through activities such as fire-lighting, using tools to create wooden objects, den making, creative activities and lots of games. Creating a fun, supportive environment and giving children exciting, achievable tasks, enables them to succeed and build confidence and self-esteem, and develop new skills which support their learning back in the classroom.”

We have been running Forest School programmes at Scotswood Garden for 10 years and delivering training for the last 6 years. We are the only Forest School Association recognised provider in Tyne and Wear, and we recently won a national Outdoor Learning Award for our Breeze Forest School programme.

Dates: 26th, 27th March, 2nd April 2020 (learners will need to attend all 3 days)
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: £260

More details can be found on our website: https://scotswoodgarden.org.uk/learn/forest-school-training-newcastle

Please share this info in your networks and with anyone you think might be interested.
If you want to discuss the training please feel free to get in touch with Harriet@sncg.org.uk

Feedback from course participants:
“An absolutely amazing journey that has opened my eyes, mind and soul to the benefits of Forest School”

“The trainers had a fantastic ability to put people at ease and support them on this incredible journey”

“The approach was very in keeping with the course and the content”

“Taught in a clear, supportive manner.”

Outdoor Learning Practitioner Training Course

Ideal for those working at any level, with any age and ability of children, who wish to enhance their curriculum and utilise their grounds by taking learning outside.
This course will cover a range of activities, ideas and lesson plans mapped to your curriculum. It will look at the risks/benefits and sustainability of using your outdoor space.

An accredited (level 2) training course designed to show you how to make the most of outdoor learning opportunities using your school grounds.
Wish to reduce the cost and attend the course without the accreditation? No problem – please check out our pricing structure

Included with this course to support your Outdoor Learning Adventures;
A range of Curriculum-Based Outdoor Learning lesson plans with supporting risk assessments.
Some practical Outdoor Learning resources to get started with
10% Discount on Wild Learning’s unaccredited Outdoor Learning courses

For the accreditation, participants will be expected to run outdoor learning sessions in their workplace and produce a short workbook focusing on their experiences.

This training course runs over 2 days 5th & 6th March 2020

Outdoor Numeracy and Literacy Training Course

Join us to explore a range of outdoor activity ideas focused on delving into the National Curriculum outdoors.
Ideal for those working at EYFS, KS1 & KS2 with opportunities to differentiate as needed.
Take away; ideas, confidence, written session plans, supporting risk assessments and some basic resources.
Just wish to attend half a day for one topic or the other? no problem, please let us know when you book.

Outdoor Learning Practitioner Training Course

Ideal for those working at any level, with any age and ability of children, who wish to enhance their curriculum and utilise their grounds by taking learning outside.
This course will cover a range of activities, ideas and lesson plans mapped to your curriculum. It will look at the risks/benefits and sustainability of using your outdoor space.
An accredited (level 2) training course designed to show you how to make the most of outdoor learning opportunities using your school grounds.
Wish to reduce the cost and attend the course without the accreditation? No problem – please check out our pricing structure
Included with this course to support your Outdoor Learning Adventures;
A range of Curriculum-Based Outdoor Learning lesson plans with supporting risk assessments.
Some practical Outdoor Learning resources to get started with
10% Discount on Wild Learning’s unaccredited Outdoor Learning courses
For the accreditation, participants will be expected to run outdoor learning sessions in their workplace and produce a short workbook focusing on their experiences.
This training course runs over 2 days 23rd & 24th April 2020

Forest School Refresher & Networking Event

A half day event on site to refresh some Forest School practical skills. We’ll provide the opportunity for you to get hands on with tools, fire, shelters and knots, plus encourage you to network with like-minded others.
Bring some lunch to cook on the campfire and some ideas to share if you wish.

Date; 4th June 2020
Location; Daventry Country Park, Daventry, Northamptonshire
Price; £30 per person