Fancy a career in the great outdoors? Learn new skills by signing up to Forest School Training Programme

 The county’s largest nature conservation charity is giving people the chance to learn valuable new skills and earn a nationally recognised qualification through its Forest School Training Programme.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is delivering the Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders via the Open College Network West Midlands this spring.

The course is ideal for those people who are looking to work more in the outdoors with children and young people, or those wanting to enhance their CVs and pursue a career in environmental education.

Forest School is an educational approach which increases children’s confidence, raising their self-awareness and self-esteem in a woodland environment. Forest School encourages free play and self-discovery, setting small achievable tasks. Training for the course includes sessions in woodland management, learning theories, practical skills and planning and delivering Forest School programmes.

Duncan Coleman, Forest Schools Officer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“On completion of this professionally accredited course individuals are qualified as Forest School leaders and able to lead Forest School programmes within their own setting. The course combines both theoretical and practical aspects.

The include the principles of Forest School, best practice, practical tool use, programme planning, risk management, learning theory, child development, woodland management and much more.”

The cost is £900 per participant and takes place over nine days. It also involves the delivery of an “Introduction to Forest School” programme within an educational setting and the production of a course portfolio over 10 months. The course also includes a two day Forest School first aid course.

Course dates are: Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March, 17th  18th and 30th April and 2nd May. The course takes place at the Trust’s Wolseley Centre HQ, near Rugeley.

For more information, to book a place on the course or to discuss Forest School contact our Forest School Officer, Duncan Coleman on 01889 880106 or