index for inclusion


index for inclusion

Forest School



Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.



Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.


‘Forest School is a feeling you can’t put into words.’ Tonicha, aged 9


The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.


‘I don’t have ADHD when I’m out in the woods.’  David, aged 14


At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

There are more images of Forest School activity in our Outdoor Learning Photo Gallery.


The Forest School Association

Forest School Association logoThe Forest School Association (FSA) is the professional body and dedicated voice for Forest School within the UK. We are devoted to promoting quality Forest School for all.


To do this we:


Who can join?

We are an inclusive, forward-looking and democratic membership organisation. We are open to all levels of Forest School professional and all those interested in providing and growing opportunities for people to experience quality Forest School within our UK nations.

Our members are regularly updated and consulted by the association’s working groups. We hope that our members feel empowered and inspired to join our working groups, to contribute to all areas of activity and to shape the direction of their association.


Please join our efforts to ensure a future of quality Forest School for all in the UK. You’ll be part of an active, focused community, and there are also a growing number of specific member benefits.


Please contact Gareth Davies: