Forest School

People in the woodsForest School © Kent Wildlife Trust

Kent Wildlife Trust Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.

It began in Britain in the mid-1990s based on a Scandinavian idea developed in the 1950s that considers a child’s contact with nature at an early age extremely important.

The range of developments and improvements include:children in forest

  • Creativity
  • Physical and motor skills
  • Practical skills and tool use
  • Maths and science
  • Communication , language and listening
  • Personal, social and emotional skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Assessing risk and safety

Kent Wildlife Trust Forest School offers an exciting outdoor programme of woodland adventure with a focus on achievable tasks.  Students develop a range of skills, abilities and experiences through self learning, exploration and discovery in a wild setting, increasing their knowledge and understanding of the world and encouraging an appreciation and respect for the environment. The programme is designed to increase personal, social and emotional skills and can be linked to the curriculum.

Activities include campfires and cooking, environmental art, shelter building, tool use, bushcraft skills sensory games and free play and students have the opportunity to create items to take away through a series of full or half day sessions.

Forest School, Woodland Parties
Give your child a Birthday expierence they will remember for years to come with a unique, outdoor, woodland birthday party! See our poster below for more information.

Forest School, Blean Base
Minimum six sessions, maximum 18 students

At our Denstead Wood site, set in the ancient woodland of the Blean. A safe, secure environment in which students can explore and develop skills, using sustainable woodland resources for activities designed to fit the group's abilities and requirements.

Forest School, Outreach Programme
Minimum six sessions, maximum 18 students

The Forest School programme can be held at your school or centre using our mobile Forest School mobile facility. Students develop skills in a familiar setting focused on their local environment, encouraging respect for the green spaces around them.

Forest School, Experience Days
One-off sessions, maximum 18 students

Discover the Forest School programme through one-off sessions for groups, as taster or team development days.  Sessions are adapted to fit your group's abilities or requirements and held at our Forest School site, or we can come to you.

For more information and details about the programme, contact: Kathryn Barton, Community Education Officer (Forest School),, 01227 719506 or 07717 367944.

Supporting our work

Forest School has been made possible thanks to a very generous donation from Ann Nussey.  Ann belived wholeheartedly in connecting young people with nature.  Ann sadly passed away in October 2016 but her legacy lives on through the work of Forest School.

She will always be remembered at Kent Wildlife Trust for her generosity, her passion and her determination to leave a lasting impact.  If you would like to support Ann’s vision, please donate here


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