Forest School is designed to recognise the individual’s needs including learning style and schema type. It builds confidence, independence and self-esteem and allows participants to be active learners in a fun and enjoyable way. By its very nature, Forest School helps support health, both mental and physical, and promotes well-being. Activities are tailor made to each group.
There are also one off Forest School sessions at Mugdock Country Park throughout the year as part of our annual events programme. These can be booked by individuals and there is usually a maximum of 8 per sessions. Please see the What's On section of this website for details.
Sessions are carried out either where your group meets, a woodland or appropriate area nearby, or at Mugdock Country Park.
Activities and Equipment
Examples of activities include fire building, whistle making, shelter building, storytelling, problem solving, nature studies, charcoal making, craft activities and orienteering/trail finding.
Activities may include the use of small tools such as pen knives, hack or bow saws and may include the building and burning of a fire. All participants will receive instruction on safe practice and the safe use of any tools before activities start and participants will be monitored during activities. All tools are also age appropriate and all activities are risk assessed.
Generally sessions can last up to two hours with the optimum number of participants per group being eight. We can however accommodate up to a maximum of twelve.
Forest School lasts ideally over a period of six weeks with the same group, carrying out one session per week. This is flexible from group to group and some groups are indeed only able to commit to one session.
Cost is dependent on group size and duration of sessions. More information can be found tariffs-licences but this is only a guide and prices will be confirmed on enquiry.