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Sunday 24 April 2016

Forest School Who? What? Why? Where? When?

I've had a few people ask about Forest Schools- so here's all the information!


I trained with Earth Force Education. Ciara runs this company, and has amazing knowledge in working outdoors with children. See http://www.earthforceeducation.com/ for the information. She also runs day courses and children's camps.


Coillte have recently set up "Compass Club", this is an after school outdoor activity club for children aged  6 -12 years. The courses are run in blocks of 6 weeks and children get a hoodie, unique wristband and Certificates for each course they do.

Parents get a customised Strengths Report for their child after the course highlighting some of the great strengths seen in their child.

They also run summer camps and school tours

Check out http://www.compassclub.ie/ for Compass Club in your area.

School Tours:

The Wicklow Mountains National Park organises school tours based on the Forest School style of teaching. (Hugh is a trained Forest School leader, with years of outdoor educational work. He delivered a part of our Forest School training and was very helpful with all the questions we had!)

Best of all- the tour is FREE! Booking opens on December 1st and an early reservation is recommended.

All of these programs follow the 'Leave no Trace' principles which encourage children to be responsible outdoor practitioners: http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/

Please feel free to ask if there are any other questions!

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