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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.

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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!

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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, (BA)

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. 

Celine is passionate about creating opportunities for children to connect with and explore nature. She loves hiking, camping, bouldering, and baking sourdough bread.

Lala (BFA)

Lala's background as an Art teacher allows her view things in a creative way.  She loves bringing out the creative side of children and watching their confidence grow in other aspects of life. She loves being outdoors, hiking, running, yoga, and camping.


She also has a designation of RHN ( Registered Holistic Nutritionist ) and Teaching Certification with CSNN 

Melanie (BEd)

Melanie is a mother of 4 children, who have all attended Upstream Forest School for many years.  She is interested in creating the conditions for children to have agency through play, creativity, and exploration of the natural world. She likes to go camping, biking and hiking with her family. 

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Celine (MA)


Jessie (BA)

Jessie loves to share her enthusiasm for the natural world with young children and to encourage a life-long connection to nature and playing outside. When she’s not at Forest School she can be found outside with her dogs and family. She loves to bike, ski, hike, craft and collect plants! 

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