About forest school

Forest school involves learning and discovery that is in tune with nature and the great outdoors.

It is open to children age 5 to 12 years and all abilities and aims to promote new skills, confidence, self-esteem and team building whilst participants take part in fun outdoor activities in our local parks and woodland.

The woodland environment is central to the activities which include looking at the changing seasons and the smells, textures, sounds and tastes of nature.

Health and safety

Our Forest School Leaders are trained in first aid and have attained a Level 3 Forest Schools leader course.

The Forest School leader will have available a mobile phone, consent forms, contact details and any medical forms, bin bags, water for washing hands and also for fire safety and a first aid kit.

What to bring

What to wear?

  • Old, comfortable clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Long sleeved top and trousers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Comfortable shoes or trainers
  • Wellington boots
  • Hat (either woolly or sun)

What else is needed?

  • Bottle filled with drinking water
  • Any medication or environment protection products you require

What not to bring?

  • Money
  • Mobile phones
  • Valuables of any kind
  • Knives or personal tools

2021 workshops

All sessions are at Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone. 

Meet Ranger Neil at the Visitor Centre. Sessions are 10am to 12pm

Tuesday 10 August - Pond dipping and mini beasts
Tuesday 17 August - Nature crafts
Tuesday 24 August - Habitat building

Booking a place

Places are available for children aged 5 to 12 years old and each session is limited to 12 participants.

Workshops are £5 per child

Please call customer services on 01636 650000 to book a place by debit or credit card.

Birthday parties

We are now offering our Forest School workshops as a birthday party event. The workshops will consist of games, craft tasks and cooking treats based around a theme of your choice.

If you would like more information on our forest school parties, please contact Lynn Preece at lynn.preece@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk.

Further information

For an informal chat about the forest school programme please contact Lynn Preece at lynn.preece@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk 

Contact us

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY


01636 650000

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