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Forest School

Forest School gives children the opportunity to explore and learn in a wild outdoor setting, over a series of regular sessions. Activities take place in all weathers (except extreme winds or storms), and are specially planned for the group. We combine bushcraft and survival skills with ecology, environmental awareness and creative activities to give young people a challenging and exciting outdoor learning experience. Children age 9+ can work towards their John Muir Award - Discovery Level during the sessions.

Our Forest School sessions aim to get the children enjoying working together and being active outdoors, discovering more about their local environment, and learning useful, practical skills. We have worked with children from Primary 1-3 as well as P4-7, tailoring the sessions to suit the class.

Some examples of activities include: tying knots for tarps, firelighting with sparks, baking bread on the campfire, building group shelters and mini-shelters, working together to record the plants, trees, and minibeasts in their woodland (and this year we have also made visits to nearby shoreline sites, making an interesting comparison of habitats), collection and purification of water, survival strategies - what to do in an outdoor emergency, plants and their uses - and dangers. The focus is on the young participants and their responsibility to look after themselves, their peers, and their environment, especially when tools and campfires are involved.

This term we are delighted to be taking part in the Chequered Skipper Survey 2012.

We are grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage for supporting the pilot project at Acharacle and are happy to work with other schools.

Useful links:

John Muir Award

Forest School

The Outdoor Access Code

Sunart Oak Woods

About Scotland's Nature

Scottish woodlands

SNH's gaelic dictionary

Woodland plants


Great site with lots of info on minibeasts



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