Learning And Skills - The Heart of England Forest

Learning And Skills


Many of our activities for children, families and adults have been suspended due to Covid-19.

We have put together nature activities designed to get you outdoors, connected to nature and having fun. Explore our nature activities for kids

The Heart of England Forest’s new Learning and Skills programme aims to ensure that ALL members of the communities living and working around the Forest enjoy it on a regular basis to improve their quality of life.

From toddlers to pensioners and from nature lovers to those who rarely spend time outdoors, our programme provides something for everyone.

For children, young people and families

We offer regular opportunities for children & families to have fun, make friends and learn about nature. We hope our events will help people to establish the habit of spending time outdoors and to develop a lasting and emotional connection with the Forest and the natural world.

Opportunities include:

  • Mini Foresters – Our monthly club for children aged 4-11 and their families.
  • Young Foresters – Our monthly volunteering and adventure group for young people aged 12-18.
  • WildCare – A creche with a difference.
  • WildTribe – Our holiday club for outdoor kids aged 5 and over.
  • Children’s Skills Workshops.

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For adults

Our new Skills Workshops enhance our existing programme of events, guided walks and volunteering opportunities with ways for people with a range of interests to spend time in the Forest.

From creative arts through to woodland crafts, bushcraft courses and survival weekends we aim to provide something for everyone.

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For schools and educational establishments

We work with schools to offer progressive Forest Learning programmes to help schools deliver their priorities and meet the needs of their pupils.

Taking time to listen to each school partner, we tailor our bespoke programmes to deliver national curriculum outcomes in literacy, maths, history, geography, science, art and DT; as well as wider benefits including personal development, improved mental and physical health and connection to nature.

We work with primary and secondary schools and can also provide small group interventions to help pupils with special educational needs, mental health issues or who would benefit from time in the Forest to support their development and engagement in learning.

We also offer self-led visits to enable schools and other educational establishments to access the forest to deliver their own Forest school or outdoor learning programmes.

To find out more email our Head of Learning and Skills elaine.skates@hoef.co.uk

The Heart of England Forest