Welcome to Creative Outdoor Learning!
Learning in the outdoors can take many forms: from natural art, mini beast hunts, den building, nature walks and foraging; through to making nest boxes, using tools and a Forest School programme.
Being outdoors allows freedom of expression and individuality to come through. Often children who struggle in the classroom or indoors achieve more in the outdoors and are able to focus more effectively when returning inside, putting their newfound knowledge into action.
All children, even the very young, can benefit enormously from access to quality outdoor space. The smallest area of land has the potential providing opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Courses in 2020
As an NOCN accredited training centre, we offer all levels of Forest School courses. We will advertise courses here and on our Facebook page.
We are working with South Derbyshire Environmental Education Project and The National Forest to run our training courses. Our next Level 3 Forest School training course will be held in Spring 2021 and will take place at Rosliston Forestry Centre, which is easily accessible from many Midlands locations. This is dependent on practical delivery of the course with respect to social distancing. Please see the Level 3 tab on the right hand side for more information, which will be posted as it becomes available. If you want to lead Forest School sessions, then the Level 3 Forest School training course is the one to do!
Our next Forest School first aid course is on 28th and 29th September 2020. It will be priced at £140.00 per learner. It will be held at Rosliston Forestry Centre in Derbyshire, so if you are interested, please do get in touch to find out more and request a booking form.
Although titled Forest School first aid, it includes paediatric first aid as well as many aspects of outdoor first aid, so is suitable for a wide range of people who work outdoors.
Families and children
We are planning the latest addition to our services at the moment. These will be parent or carer and child outdoor sessions in a woodland. Based around Forest School principles, they will be an opportunity to come along to a woodland setting and experience nature, build dens, cook over an open fire, search for wildlife, play some games and lots more.
These will be run within school hours, so are ideal for pre-school or home educated children. Please get in touch by email or call to register your interest.
Schools and nurseries
Whether you are a nursery, primary or secondary school, or are looking for activities to engage children outside the National Curriculum, there are activities that can be designed and delivered to meet specific needs.
We are able to develop a package to fit many courses to suit Childcare, Young People and Early Years students, from Level 2 through to degree level. Forest School Taster Days are particularly popular as they fit into many courses. If you have a particular focus, whether it is hands-on activities, games or working with older children, we can offer a solution.
If you are looking for some new equipment, or your outdoor space doesn’t meet your needs then we may be able to help. We offer advice on developing and managing woodland areas, as well as a wide range resources such as mud kitchens, seating, signage, fencing, pond construction and raised beds.
Wherever possible, we include children in this. Rather that just coming in as a contractor, children have the opportunity to be properly involved from felling trees through to measuring and installing fencing.
All our work is bespoke, so we design, supply and install to suit your needs and budget.
Business and corporate needs
Teams communicate and function differently in the outdoors, so team building activities can be very beneficial in improving team dynamics as the previously unknown skills shows themselves in the outdoor environment.
Overall, outdoor learning should be FUN!
If you’re looking for a children’s party with a difference, then take a look at our den building and campfire cooking page.
Find us on Facebook
We have our own Facebook page. Just search for Creative Outdoor Learning to see what we have been up to and find out our latest news!