Forest Schools

This is a type of outdoor education where children visit the reserve, learning personal, social and technical skills, and offering opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in an outdoor environment

Our Forest Schools use the reserve as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children – whilst having fun activities.

Run for age 6 – 12 year olds, a typical itinerary is:

Muddy Faces Forest School An afternoon of celebration:

  • 1:30:                Meet at Jubilee 2 Centre Queen Margaret School, York Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5HU – we will walk down to the reserve from here.
  • 1:45 – 2:30:     Arrival and light refreshments
  • 2:30 – 3:00:     Nature Quiz a chance to test out your knowledge of the natural world
  • 3:00 – 3:30:     Project overview, thanks and presentation of gifts a chance for us to tell you a bit more about the project and to thank all of those who have helped to make the project a success
  • 3:30 – 4:30:     Child-led tour of the nature reserve A chance to find out a bit more about the nature reserve and to see some of our Forest School activities ‘in action’
  • 4:30:                End

Activities include

  • Construction of log piles and ‘bug hotels’
  • Bug hunts and sweep netting
  • Plant and tree identification
  • Small mammal, reptile and amphibian surveys
  • Night time nature walks
  • Natural arts and crafts
  • Developing bushcraft skills (basic whittling, constructing shelters & campfire cooking)
  • ‘Hide and seek’ type games
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Orienteering… and many more!

What are the youngsters saying about it?

“I loved it when we got to climb trees, I felt proud because I could climb the trees myself”

“My favourite bit was building dens and cooking on the camp fire”

“I felt very excited … you made me happy when I was shy”