What Forest School Resources are available on this website?
There are many support resources available for Forest School practitioners. These include:
- Forest School Scotland Resource Pack - designed to support Forest School practitioners working in a range of situations across Scotland. It provides ideas and activities, templates and sample programmes that you can adapt and develop to fit your particular setting and group.
- Forest School & Curriculum for Excellence – useful links and resources developed with teacher practitioners.
- Guidance Notes – including Guidance for Land Owners, and Your Child and Forest School - Information for Parents and Carers
- Local OWL group project reports – including local Forest School initiatives
- Woodland learning ideas and activities
- Research documents
- The OWL Facebook group is a great source of shared ideas, resources, and debate on all aspects of outdoor learning, including Forest School.
Use the search facility on the homepage or OWL Scotland Resources page, selecting the appropriate category and key words.
How do I find a site?
Forest School can happen in urban and rural locations. The minimum required is an outdoor site with natural features including some trees and shelter. In some cases, school grounds can make an ideal starting point. You should be best able to judge suitability of a site for your needs. However, even if you think a wood may be ideal for Forest School you must check with the landowner or manager that they agree to its use. See the OWL Scotland Guidance for Landowners.
Other ways to find and record information about your Forest School site - Explore your local area – what green spaces can you find? Look at local maps. Use online satellite mapping online to identify possible sites.
Scotland’s Greenspace Map is an innovative Geographical Information System (GIS) based map which provides comprehensive information on the location, extent and type of greenspace across all of Scotland’s urban settlements (towns and cities with a population of 3,000 or more).
Find a Wood is an facility developed by the Woodland Trust showcasing local woods.