What are children learning at forest school?

This week’s guest blog comes to us from Dr. Frances Harris, a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire, who also runs Outdoor Learning Experiences. She is a member of Natural England’s strategic research group for learning in the natural environment, the Forest School Association’s research committee, and was involved in setting up Countryside Classroom, an on-line resource for teachers to support learning about food, farming and the countryside.

No one doubts that forest school is a fun experience, but how can we know what children are learning at forest school, what they get out of it? Continue reading

Sneak Preview on the Way! Natural Connections Findings!

The evidence is clear – getting children outdoors is fantastic for their health, wellbeing and learning and can set them on a pathway to happy, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Schools are community gateways to enable these opportunities for all children, yet in an average month around 8% of school age children in England get out of their classrooms into greenspaces* (ie. exploring a local park or farm, or going on a trip to a National Park). Furthermore, children from the most affluent families were almost twice as likely to visit the natural environment with their schools as those in poorer families.

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