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The Erasmus+ course on "Outdoor Learning: Forest School Approach" is a transformative and innovative training program designed to empower educators with the knowledge and expertise to embrace nature-based education. Tailored for pre-primary and primary school teachers and rooted in the principles of the Forest School approach, this course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to create engaging outdoor educational opportunities within natural environments, such as forests and woodlands. Through interactive workshops, seminars, and hands-on exercises, teachers will gain a profound understanding of the benefits and methodologies of the Forest School approach.


Safety is a paramount concern in any outdoor educational setting, and this course dedicates significant attention to equipping educators with the necessary skills for conducting thorough risk assessments and implementing safety protocols to ensure the well-being of their young students during outdoor adventures. Participants will also learn how to foster environmental awareness and sustainability practices among pre-primary and primary school children, encouraging them to develop a deep connection and reverence for the natural world.


The child-led approach is at the core of the Forest School Method, and the course emphasizes how to effectively facilitate student-led learning experiences that promote self-discovery, autonomy, and critical thinking. Teachers will learn how to adapt the curriculum and seamlessly integrate various subjects into outdoor activities, creating interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

  1. Comprehensive Understanding of Forest School Principles: Participants will gain a thorough comprehension of the key principles and philosophies underlying the Forest School approach, including the child-led learning model, the importance of nature-based experiences, and the role of the natural environment in children's development.

  2. Safety and Risk Management: Teachers will acquire essential skills in conducting risk assessments and implementing safety protocols to ensure a secure and responsible learning environment during outdoor activities, fostering a sense of trust and confidence in conducting Forest School sessions.

  3. Integration of Nature-Based Learning into Curriculum: Educators will learn how to effectively integrate nature-based learning experiences into their curriculum, seamlessly connecting various subjects to outdoor activities and creating interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

  4. Child-Led Facilitation Skills: Participants will develop facilitation techniques that encourage child-led learning experiences, promoting autonomy, self-discovery, and problem-solving skills among pre-primary and primary school students.

  5. Environmental Awareness and Stewardship: Teachers will be equipped to foster environmental awareness and instill sustainable practices in young learners, nurturing a sense of responsibility and respect for the natural world.

  6. Observation and Adaptation: Educators will refine their ability to observe and respond to the needs and interests of individual students, enabling them to tailor learning experiences that support holistic development and cater to diverse learning styles.

  7. Personal and Social Development: Participants will understand how to use the Forest School Method to promote personal growth, social skills, teamwork, and emotional well-being in pre-primary and primary school children.

  8. Interdisciplinary Outdoor Activities: Teachers will be proficient in designing engaging and creative outdoor activities that encompass various subjects, fostering a holistic approach to learning that goes beyond traditional classroom boundaries.

  9. Reflection and Continuous Improvement: Participants will develop a habit of reflection, enabling them to continuously assess and improve their Forest School practices, leading to enhanced teaching effectiveness and student engagement.

  10. Inspiring and Creative Teaching: Educators will be inspired to adopt innovative and creative teaching methodologies that harness the power of nature and the outdoors to kindle curiosity and passion for learning in their pre-primary and primary school students.

Classes take place Monday to Friday in the morning.


Day 1: Introduction to Forest School Principles


Welcome and course orientation

Nature-based icebreaker activities to foster group cohesion

Introduction to Forest School Principles and Philosophy

Overview of the History and Development of Forest School Approach


Day 2: Child-Led Learning and Facilitation


Introduction to risk assessment and safety protocols for outdoor activities

Discussion: Reflecting on the benefits of outdoor learning

Planning for Forest School Activities: Understanding risk assessment and safety protocols

Understanding child-led learning: theories and practical implications

Understanding Child Development: How the Forest School Approach supports holistic development

Group discussions on how to encourage autonomy and self-discovery in students


Day 3: Practical Skills and Bushcraft


Bushcraft Techniques: shelter building, and tool use

Safety Briefing: Guidelines for teaching practical skills to children

Hands-On Activities: Participants practice bushcraft skills in a supervised environment

Risk Management: Identifying and mitigating risks associated with practical activities

Reflection and Feedback: Sharing experiences and learning points from the day


Day 4: Personal Development and Well-being

Introduction to Curriculum Integration

Understanding how the Forest School approach aligns with educational standards and objectives

Curriculum Planning: Participants collaborate to identify curriculum links and design Forest School activities that support learning goals in various subjects

Group Discussion: Sharing ideas and strategies for integrating Forest School activities into existing curricula


Day 5: Culminating Forest School Experience


Collaborative planning and preparation for a full-day Forest School session

Practical Activity: Participants design and lead a forest-based activity, incorporating skills learned throughout the week

Finalize safety measures and risk assessment for the culminating activity

Group debrief and reflection on the experiences and lessons learned throughout the course

Closing remarks 

Certification of Attendance and confirmation of Erasmus+ Mobility documents

The 5-day course fee per participant is set at 400€, which provides comprehensive coverage for all aspects of the program. This fee includes the following:


  1. Course Materials: Participants will receive all necessary course materials, including handouts, guides, and resources, to support their learning throughout the program.

  2. Administrative Support: Participants will benefit from administrative assistance before, during, and after the course, ensuring a smooth registration process, timely communication, and any necessary follow-up support.

  3. Monitoring and Mentoring: The course fee covers monitoring and mentoring services provided by experienced professionals who will guide participants throughout the program, offering personalized support, feedback, and guidance.

  4. Coffee Breaks: Participants will enjoy refreshments during coffee breaks, fostering networking opportunities and providing a relaxed environment for informal discussions and interactions.

  5. Other Inclusions: The fee also covers any additional services or resources required for the successful implementation of the course, ensuring a comprehensive and fulfilling learning experience.


We strive to ensure that participants receive exceptional value for their investment in the course, with the fee covering a wide range of services and resources that contribute to their professional development and overall satisfaction.


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