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Beach & Forest School

Education and personal development in the woodlands or sand dunes (Yes, teachers, Forest and Beach Schools fit in with the Donaldson Report!)

Explore, experience and enjoy the environment and natural world with a tailored Forest and/or Beach School programme delivered by Wild Elements.

All Wild Elements education programmes are underpinned by the Forest School ethos, fulfil the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework and the Donaldson Report, and include other cross-curricular themes, such as problem-solving, critical thinking and teamworking.

Sessions are self-led, allowing participants to drive their learning experience through choosing activities on an individual and group basis to encourage empowerment, compromise and personal decision-making.

Programmes also develop emotional competencies, social skills and a deeper appreciation for nature.

Programmes can be tailored to suit the audience needs and preferred topics/ classroom subjects, providing a bespoke learning experience defined by you.


Forest and Beach Schools usually require a minimum of 6 half-day sessions over 6 weeks (results show that the longer the programme duration, the greater the impact upon participants!).

For shorter sessions, try Wild Elements’ Outdoor Learning and STEM Education or contact us

  • Exploring habitats, species identification and animal adaptations
  • Tree-climbing and den building
  • Wild art (beach and mud)
  • Building birdboxes
  • Outdoor cookery
  • Fire lighting
  • Planting trees/hedges
  • Sandcastle engineering!
  • Pond/rockpool dipping
  • Problem-solving
  • Focus & concentration
  • Communication & social skills
  • Team work and compromise
  • Self-awareness
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Independence
  • Personal decision-making
  • Creativity

Forest School and Beach School programme follow the 6 guiding principles of the Forest School ethos:

  1. Longer term, repetitive learning journey – Looking at processes not results
  2. Participant led – Empowering participants to take control of their learning and development
  3. Holistic approach – Small group sizes, stimulates all senses and all learning types
  4. Promotes emotional, self-esteem and confidence development
  5. Allows participants to deepen respect and awareness of the natural world (Adapted from Ambrose, 2011).