What is Forest Education?

Forest school session

Forest School in full swing!

Forest Education, Wrexham, was established in 2010 by Liz O’Rourke as part of the family business Tree Carving Ltd with her husband Simon. We run Forest School sessions for children of all ages (from 3 to 93!!) and in various indoor and outdoor setting.

We can run sessions either at your premises, from our own space at Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch or from a location of your choosing.

Growing and learning together…

It is important to us at Forest Education that the children take away something at the end of the day that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Forest School is a place where everybody is able to contribute something, whatever their ability or skill level. Participants take away with them not just a memorable experience, but improved self-esteem, new skills and a greater understanding of the natural world.

Meet Liz, Founder of Forest Education

Liz O'Rourke, Forest Education

Liz O’Rourke of Forest Education

My name is Liz O’Rourke and I am a fully qualified, Level 3 Forest School practitioner, trained by what was the Forestry Commission, now Natural Resource Wales.

I qualified in 2010 and have worked in a number of settings with various groups including primary schools, nurseries, private schools, behavioural units, and children who are wheelchair bound.

The feedback I have received from the children and parents alike has been amazing, with one child I taught saying that it was, “The best day ever!”

I love what I do because it is simply what it says on the tin; Getting children out into the forest or their natural environment nearest to them, which might be their school field, local woodland or council park, and teaching them about nature.

I love how Forest School helps children to learn about nature and the environment around them whilst at the same time learning to respect and look after it. They also learn a whole bunch of social and physical skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

A session I led at The Spinney Day Nursery in Hoole, for me, sums up the influence that outdoor education can have on a child, no matter how young.

The little girl had been away with her family in China visiting relatives and since getting back to the UK had not spoken a word of English with her peers at nursery. She came outside for a block of six Forest School sessions and by the end of the first morning session she was speaking English again to her peers!

For me, that just says it all.

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