Forest Schools need not be just for children. Here is the ultimate guide for how adults can enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning too. Have you always wanted to know how to start a campfire, forage for (the right) fungi, or know how to tie a good knot? Or would you like to expand your horizons - and lower your stress levels - by building a drystone wall, fashioning a bow and arrow, or beachcombing for shells? Forest schools for kids originated in Scandinavia as outdoor, play-based learning groups and, as the benefits of nature play became internationally recognised, quickly became established around the world.
But why should kids have all the fun? Connecting with green spaces, trees and plants can lift our spirits, improve stress and relax our brains - in short, playing outside is good for everyone. Forest School for Grown-Ups shows you can learn new skills and practise forgotten ones from finding your way in the woods to whittling utensils and carving sculptures; from trapping and smoking games to making and using a divining rod, from building a bird box, or insect house, to simply just climbing trees. Beautifully designed and illustrated, Forest School for Grown-Ups provides the perfect resource for anyone wanting to enjoy spending quality time outdoors.
About the author, Richard Irvine
Richard is an educator who shares his love of craft, trees and woodlands with groups of young people and adults outdoors around the campfire as well as through his books. He has been an outdoor instructor, field studies tutor, secondary school teacher and outdoor centre manager and now works as a Forest School trainer and tutor in North Devon. His first book 'Forest Craft' was named as one of the six best woodland books of 2019 by Living Woods Magazine.