Forest School Branches Out

Forest School Branches Out

Kent Wildlife Trust's forest school

Kathryn Barton, our Community Education Officer who works on the Forest School project, writes about the expansion of our fantastic project.

Kent Wildlife Trust’s Forest School will be running an exciting new programme of fun family events in 2016.

The woods in the early morning light are magical places. Whatever the weather, it’s beautiful when we arrive, to set up our Forest School site for a group of children to experience the wonders of nature first-hand. When the children arrive it is lovely to hear their excited voices drifting through the trees as they play, learn and have fun.

At Forest School, children are able to connect with nature, explore the woods and discover the natural world around them. Outdoor play and contact with nature are so important for children’s growth and development, as well as for physical and mental health. Forest School is one of the ways that Kent Wildlife Trust is engaging young people with nature, creating an understanding of local woodlands and their wildlife. You learn more when you are enjoying yourself, and fun is an integral part of a Forest School programme.

Forest School learning is holistic – yes, they learn and use maths, literacy, science, history and geography during activities but they also improve their social skills, self-esteem and teamwork. They learn to assess risks for themselves, develop independence, resilience and problem solving abilities and increase motivation, concentration and creativity. Children discover their native wildlife and local green spaces and explore and interact with an ever-changing natural environment through different weathers and seasons.

Sessions will be held at our site in Denstead Wood, near Canterbury, from 10am – 3pm on the following dates:
Thursday 7th April 2016
Wednesday 1st June 2016

The cost is £25 per adult and £15 per child, up to a maximum of 3 children per adult. Booking is essential and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Look out for more new events from the Forest School team, coming soon.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Kathryn Barton by e-mail or call 07717 367944.