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forest schooled

/ˈfɒrɪst skuːld/


1. educated or trained in the forest school ethos

2. taught a lesson related to forest school (the hard way)

3. challenged, educated, and humbled by the

features and forces of the natural world

I'm a Forest School Leader who started this blog while studying for my Level 3 qualification in the UK. At the time I was also working with children from a Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Now I work in a variety of settings utilising Forest School principles to help children develop confidence, self-esteem, empathy, and life skills. But whilst we're busy 'teaching' them, they are just as busy teaching me. This blog is all about the lessons I'm learning in the process and how, in essence, I'm getting 'Forest Schooled'.

Note: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned in these stories.

Forest Schooled News:

Now Available: Forest Schooled, The book!

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Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! After years of writing Forest Schooled, my stories are now nestled within the pages of a brand new book alongside high quality full colour photographs I've lovingly taken over the years while out delivering programmes and exploring woodlands. I have rejoiced, cried, and stressed out while making this project come to life. It was a journey in and of itself to create a book about "my forest school journey." But hey, it wouldn't be Forest School if it didn't challenge, stretch, and transform us, right? After all that's the point of getting Forest Schooled... So I hope others will truly enjoy having these stories in print, to read, reflect, and continue to inspire each other to do this work. THANK YOU to all of you for your support in getting here. The book is now available for purchase through AMAZON.

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November 3, 2019

Well, I’m dusting off the ol' Forest Schooled keyboard. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog here. Life moves and sways, shifting where energy was once placed into other facets and callings. But I’ve missed it, missed writing, sharing, and connecting with all of...

September 1, 2019

Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! 

Three and a half years ago I started writing Forest Schooled. It was purely a space for me to share stor...

May 1, 2019

Growing up in the United States, and more specifically Hawaii, it always felt like there was an elephant in the room that noone wanted to talk about. Or perhaps knew how to. The elephant was the impact of colonization on the place and the people who live here. Since mo...

I've been branching out on blog writing and am sharing my stories on other pages in addition to Forest Schooled. Follow the link to find out how I answered the question "So, what do you do about puddles?!" on the blog for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada!


December 16, 2018

This has been a really exciting time of year for me because it's the first time I've delivered Forest School sessions in the dark! I started an after school program at a local school last spring and as the seasons have changed we've found that the sun is now setting be...

September 30, 2018

The other day at Forest School a five year old named Ryan approached me with tears in his eyes. He was calm, but also clearly upset. He proceeded to tell me what had happened that had brought him to tears:

"I was trying to climb that hill over there, but then I slipped...

April 12, 2017

“Be careful!”

It just comes out, doesn't it? You start to get nervous when you see a kid doing something a little bit risky, maybe climbing higher up a tree or lifting a log for a den that looks just a little bit too heavy. You blurt out, “Be careful!”

Why do we do that?...

December 9, 2016

The children created a rope swing this week. The activity was inspired by a jump rope that had been thrown onto a branch and left dangling there. It was within easy reach if you stood on the picnic table that was nearby. Someone discovered it and decided it would make...

October 14, 2016

“But I might fall,” she said. I replied, “You're right. That could happen.” She looked at me, a bit puzzled. I don't think that was the response she had expected. I think she had assumed I would give her words of encouragement or reassure her that I'd keep her safe. Bu...

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