Walk in the Woods

child walking down a path in the woods

All through May. v

Walk in the Woods is the The Tree Council’s festival to encourage everyone to enjoy trees and woods. Across the UK, walks, talks and other events take place in town and countryside – an invitation to go down to the woods or to a local park or just enjoy tree-lined streets. Flowers, birdsong and leaf colour make them particularly inviting.

Walk in the Woods is a great opportunity to organise an event and get new people interested in trees – especially in their local patch. A particular aim of Walk in the Woods is to attract people who rarely, if ever, visit woods – even those on their doorstep.

Find local events on the website, or add your own.

National Tree Week

boys hidden in the foliage of a tree

“First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

National Tree Week is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year, The Tree Council’s member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, our 8,000 Tree Wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees. There’ll be something for everyone, from celebrating a favourite local tree to walks, talks, wood fairs, Tree Charter and Tree Dressing events.

Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes, continues to add value to our lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can sometimes be taken for granted: they not only create a habitat for all sorts of wildlife, but provide services to humans too. We get food, fuel and building resources from them; they help prevent flooding, clean our polluted air and water supplies and conserve energy.

Trees are good for business, too. It’s been proven that trees increase property values as well as footfall in shopping or business areas, all of which helps to boost the local economy. The value and contribution of trees is immeasurable, going back to childhood memories such as climbing a favourite tree, admiring the gorgeous autumn colours they bring or simply, being glad they are around us. Whatever the reason, trees are a valuable asset and deserve to be celebrated.

Do you want to be part of this great collective achievement?
All events can be found on our Near You map. To find out about the kind of activities which took place in your area last year, for inspiration, you can look at past events. If you’re interested in organising your own event, read further to get some useful tips on how to organise successful tree planting activities and don’t forget to list your event on our website, so that other people can come and join you!

Each year we produce a downloadable poster that event organisers can download to advertise their own National Tree Week events. Use it on its own, or insert it into your own local poster that includes the time and place or a contact number, and put it up on local notice boards. Use it as many times as you like – it’s free!

National Tree Week culminates with Tree Dressing Day on 3rd December. “

European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision makers and the wider public. Well it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

The Climate is changing, bringing changes that affect the life of every being on earth. Nature was never so threatened – nor so needed – as before.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we crop, they all depend on the quality of our ecosystems. From the mountain tops to the deep seas, there is a huge variety of habitats protected by National, Nature, Regional, N2000, Marine or Periurban Parks. In Europe, nature has a level of protection thanks to the work of our Parks: they preserve our natural resources and are authentic hubs of biodiversity. They are our life support system.

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

European Day of Parks

2019 theme: Our Natural Treasures

Our Protected Areas are made of amazing landscapes, incredible species and unique habitats. What are the Natural Treasures your park is protecting? What is the story of that endangered species that live in your Park?

#EuropeanDayofParks

About the European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision-makers and the wider public. Well, it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

Little Forest Folk – CPD Training

We recently gave a presentation and delivered a workshop at the National Associate of Head Teachers conference and as such, requests for individual training and site visits have been coming in thick and fast. Our capacity to cope with the level of enquiries has officially hit its limit!

In response, as we know so many of you are extremely keen to see what we do at Little Forest Folk, to feel inspired and to ask those burning ‘how do you..?’ questions, we are excited to announce the launch of Little Forest Folk training days.

Little Forest Folk training days will take place in Wimbledon, South West London on selected dates in 2018 for small groups limited to a maximum of 16 attendees per training day.

Cost: £40 Half Day / £125 Full Day

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!”

World Environment Day

World Environment Day Logo

A global celebration of nature, a day to reconnect with the places that matter most to you.

‘On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

A Platform for Action
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People’s Day
Above all, World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.

The Theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017 is connecting people to nature.’

#WorldEnvironmentDay

World Environment Day

a circle with a colourful fingerprint pattern and the words World Environment Day

The United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The people’s day
Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

The theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”.

Together we can #BeatAirPollution

Toolkits provide a how-to guide on solutions to air pollution, allowing you to pick and choose what is right for you. Whether you are a business, a government, school or individual.

#WorldEnvironmentDay

 

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

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day Poster

‘The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that Rangers do in conserving the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF’s) member Associations, The Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organisations, schools and individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF worldwide.’

Outdoor Mentor – Spring ID

Welcome the arrival of spring by joining us in the beautiful setting of our Caerwys woodland. This session is about spotting signs of spring what to look for and where.

Sessions are free but booking is essential.

Wilderness and Adventure in the Early Years

clump of dandelion flowers

This course will introduce you to the idea of how we can ignite children’s natural desire to become explorers, adventurers and inventors. We want them to see and experience the world through every sense.

  • Consider in more depth (drawing on research) why we need to re-focus on nature.
  • We will look into how we can live more in the moment.
  • Develop collections of fascinations.
  • Cherish the questions the children ask and use these as a starting point.
  • Find out about settings that already take this approach to learning.
  • Understand what high quality provision looks like for understanding the world and look into resourcing and books.
  • Explore how young children have a role to play in sustainable development.
  • Practical ideas to implement into your practice.

9-9:30- An introduction to Wilderness and Adventure
9:30- Embracing the elements of the seasons
10:30- Break
10.45-12:00- Using the outdoors to promote a love for Literacy
1:00- Mystical Maths Outdoors
2:00- 3:00- Deepening the love for adventure and exploring through Bushcaft

This course is perfect for those wanting to implement more nature based learning in their setting.

Time will be spent working outdoors throughout the day.

Encounters with nature in urban settings

3 small children running through a park, past a clump of daffodils

With Kathryn Solly.

This interactive course will support and extend the practice of those working within early childhood settings who have very little chance to explore wilder opportunities with their young children.

Via a balance of theory, research, discussion, and pedagogical ideas to try out for yourself the course will grow your confidence and ideas about what is possible outdoors when space is restricted and limited. This course will focus on providing ways to explore nature and the local environment in urban settings without access to woods or easily accessible natural places.

It will provide the following:

  • Strategies to enhance young children’s access to and understanding of nature
  • Opportunities to be bolder in what you provide, and how you provide what you do.
  • A chance to reflect on what your role is as a leader of outdoor learning and play in nature is.

 

Photo: Muddy Faces

Introducing the Pikler approach

a flyer with a hpto of a toddler rolling on the grass

A series of two workshops, facilitated by Pikler specialist Dorothy Marlen and Pikler enthusiast Clare Caro

  • Do you have, or work with, very young children?
  • Have you heard of the Pikler approach and wondered what it is?
  • Would you like to find out more about how this will help you in your role?

The Pikler approach provides a new paradigm of early childhood care for the 21st Century. Created and developed by Dr Emmi Pikler and her team in Budapest, Hungary, the Pikler Institute in Budapest trains professional carers from all over the world.

We in the UK now have the opportunity to learn about Pikler’s extraordinary insights into how to care for the true needs of the young child, particularly from birth to three.

The main principles of the Pikler approach are the importance of self-initiated movement from birth, and the importance of relationship-based care. Together these two principles provide the ideal conditions for healthy development, play and learning. These workshops will provide a thought-provoking introduction to the approach; the Pikler Institute in Budapest and the Pikler UK Association both offer more extensive and in-depth courses.

 The two workshops will give you a practical introduction to:
• ‘Relationship is all’ – how to understand and practice relationship based care;
• Creating the right conditions for calm, focused play from birth;
• Being in nature and the Pikler approach.

Play – Saturday 23rd March, 9.30am – 2.30pm

• Appropriate toys and play for different ages
• Setting up the right conditions – environment, routines, attitude and skill of the
carer
• Managing and reducing conflicts
• Experiential exercises, video footage and time for discussion.

Outdoors in Nature – Saturday 15th June, 9.30am – 2.30pm

• How play unfolds – universal play patterns
• Our relationship with the outdoors
• The roles of movement and care in play
• Lessons in child-led play; adult roles and approaches
• Exercises, slides and time for discussion

Who is this training for?

• Parents and carers of babies, toddlers and two year olds
• Educators (such as room leaders, childminders, lead practitioners…) with an interested in this age group
• Others interested in deepening their understanding and practice.

Where?

• All workshops will be held at Cambridge Steiner School
• Workshop 2 will include practical sessions outdoors – please come dressed for the weather

How much?

All prices include a light lunch
• Single workshop – early bird until 28th February 2019: £60
• Single workshop – full price from 1st March 2019: £70
• Both workshops booked until 28th February discount price: £110
• Both workshops booked from 1st March discount price: £130
To book a place on these exciting events please complete the attached booking form or contact Menna Godfrey on mennagodfrey@gmail.com.

Lost Words – the art of nature connecting through words & pictures

This one-day CPD workshop with Jon Cree will explore our emotional and nature literacy through simple oral and wordsmithing, and sketching.

Through sensory activity and observation we will be looking at narrative of story, prose and poetry. When this is combined with simple sketch and painting techniques in the outdoors a deeper connection is made with the natural world.

The day will use Jackie Morris’s and Robert MacFarlene’s gorgeous book ‘The Lost Words’ to literally journal our way into nature. The day will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas and activities that can be used in any natural setting.

The workshop will include:

  • Ways of working outside through the seasons to build students observation and journaling abilities
  • Integrating a more holistic way of working outside combining literacy, art and science
  • Understanding how words and pictures can be used to support learning and nature connection
  • A range of outdoor, nature-based activities to start your repertoire to use with learners.

The course is for anyone wanting to enrich Literacy, Art, Nature Connection and Outdoor Learning opportunities through words, pictures and poetry in the outdoor environment.

Suitable for: Primary Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators.

Forest School Training Level 3

Run by Marina Robb, FSA Endorsed Trainer.

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.

Dates:
Part 1: 26th, 27th & 30th September and 1st, 2nd October 2019.
Part 2: 27th, 28th February and 2nd, 3rd March 2020.

Takes place at our woodland site, East Sussex.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June OR 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Nature Nurtures National Conference

The Heart of Play: The Serious Work of Keeping Joy in Learning.

The Nature Nurtures National Conference takes place every year and is a diverse gathering of more than 150 attendees from around the country. Listen to educators and speakers from around the world, meet new friends and like-minded folk, re-connect with colleagues, reflect on your own practice and/or parenting, and grow your understanding of what it means to be an important person in a child’s life.

2 days of masterclasses, seminars and exhibitions.