Forest School at Bodenham Arboretum gives children freedom to enjoy the natural world in the way we would have done ourselves as children, within a safe and secure environment. Bespoke sessions and regular events give individuals, families, youth organizations, and educational establishments opportunities to learn, play, explore, and get close to nature in a fun and interactive way. Their aim is to give children independence to make their own choices, to take risks, to be imaginative, to discover and to learn about their world.
Originally a Scandinavian idea, children of all ages can benefit greatly from the hands on learning opportunities inherently present in a woodland environment. In an age when many children have few opportunities to be outdoors, it offers a way to learn and experience a broad curriculum in a woodland setting, with regular visits throughout the year. Children and young people are taught in a “classroom without walls,” where they use the natural environment as a learning tool.
Forest School is for all ages—children, including the under-fives and adults. Activities are run throughout the year, including during school holidays at Bodenham Arboretum.
Bodenham Arboretum is situated in a protected valley 20 miles west of Birmingham (England), away from traffic noise and visual intrusions. Its 134 acres contain mature woodland, specimen trees and shrubs and two chains of pools and lakes, integrated within a working farm.