Upstream Forest School Welcomes You

What is Forest School?

The Forest School Community in the UK developed these principles and we think they are well expressed!

  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

  • FS takes place in a wooded or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Burning wood at night. Campfire at touri

Lea (BEd)

Lea works with children individually and as a group to find their highest potential in all areas: intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. She also loves running, fibre arts, XC skiing and reading!

Megan (BEd)

Megan is an advocate for play-based learning and curiosity-led curriculum; she loves the depth and breadth of learning possibilities in outdoor playscapes.  She's also a camper, kayaker, hiker, nordic skiier, knitter and baker!  

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Dawn (BEd)

Dawn (BEd) has worked with conservation organizations for many years.  She values children being able to explore and observe at their pace to make sense of the world around them. She loves trail running, sea kayaking and mountain biking!  

Rikia, Host 

Rikia is a mom of two. She believes wholeheartedly in respectful parenting and creating experiences for children that foster a connection and compassion for nature. She loves jumping in the river, martial arts, gardening and preserving fruit.