Activities available include – green woodworking and den making – making activities using natural materials – fire building, lighting and basic cooking (popcorn, marshmallows, flatbread); sitting or walking in nature alone or together - wildlife spotting and tracking.
2. Theoretical Base
The positive impact of “nature connection” on child wellbeing is increasingly accepted (Dillon 2010); and there is growing evidence of its particular benefit for disadvantaged children (Bird 2007) The therapeutic benefits of contact with nature for adults, particularly those with mental and emotional distress is also well established. Research is increasingly influencing public health commissioning strategies (MIND 2014)
- Explanations include: attention restoration theory; attachment and holding environments and the biophilia hypothesis
- Forest School as an intervention is increasingly used to effectively address the wellbeing and attainment of disadvantaged children. There is some positive evidence of its use with family groups. Forest School has also been used successfully with adults who have drug and alcohol problems (Knight 2012).