Walk in the Woods

child walking down a path in the woods

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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.

Putting the Forestry into Forest Education: FEN Conference 2019

a group of children & a teacher in a green leafy forest

Forest Education Network England: National CPD Event

Following the success of FEN’s first national CPD event in 2017 we are delighted to announce the details of the second event, taking place in the National Forest at Rosliston Forestry Centre, South Derbyshire.

Whether you are a teacher, forest school practitioner, outdoor learning provider, woodland owner, or simply interested in Britain’s forests and woodland, this biannual event will provide you with sources of information, advice and valuable networks to improve your knowledge and practice.

The day is designed to expand delegates’ knowledge and understanding of the ecology and management of the UK’s forests and woodlands and provide them with practical advice.

In the diverse woodlands of Rosliston Forestry Centre, delegates will participate in three inspiring and practical workshop sessions led by national forestry and education experts.

Workshop A: From tree to wood product! Information, resources and activities on how we use British trees
Workshop B: Caring for our trees! Identification skills and tree health awareness to understand and protect our woodlands
Workshop C: Creating Forests for Learning! Creating new woodland sites for schools and managing existing woodland sites for schools.

More details here: www.lotc.org.uk/putting-the-forestry-into-forest-education-fen-conference-2019

The event will offer plenty of chances to get outside and explore the heart of the National Forest. In addition, Woodland Trust will be providing an overview of their new ‘Tree Tools for Schools’ resource. This free, online resource has activities linked to the primary curriculum and supports many of the topics covered in this CPD event. There will be opportunities for networking with other forest educators and browsing the forest education resources on display.

Due to the nature of the inspiring workshops numbers are limited for this event. Book today to ensure you don’t miss out.

All income raised through this event will enable the Forest Education Network England to continue its work promoting forest education and supporting forest educators.

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

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership

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.

Level 3 Forest School Programme Leadership course:
Dates 2020: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th October
Dates 2021: 18th, 19th March; 24th, 25th June; 1st, 2nd July
Learners need to attend all 10 days of training
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Cost: £790; includes one year’s membership to the Forest School Association

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.”

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During 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.

Level 1 Introductory course
Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th November 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.”