Forest School

Forest School Training Level 1 Hampshire

The Forest School Level 1 training course is an introduction to the Forest School ethos and principles.

Event details


9:30am - 4:30pm
A static map of Forest School Training Level 1 Hampshire

About the event

This LASER Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles (RQF) is a nationally recognised training course.

2 Training days: Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October 2020 (9.30 to 4.30pm)

To achieve the Level 1 award you will need to complete all of the following:

Two days of training in theory and practice to cover:

  • Learning and development at a Forest School programme
  • Practical skills for a Forest School programme
  • Forest School programmes and the woodland environment

*You will also need to observe a Forest School session run by a Level 3 Qualified Forest School Leader.

* A coursework portfolio which should be completed within 3 months of the start of the course.

All our Forest School Level 1 trainees on this course will be eligible for 12 months discounted membership of the Forest School Association, the professional body for Forest School practitioners.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 1 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 1 course is run on Forest School principles and will introduce you to the pedagogy . The Level 1 course will provide you with an understanding of the Forest School principles and ethos including learning about woodland ecology and new practical skills. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

For initial queries on Forest School training, please read through our pre-booking information

This course will take place at Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve situated between Southampton and Fareham in Hampshire.

Before booking, please ensure you read the Course Booking - Terms and conditions

Should current Governmental Advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic require that the course be cancelled or rescheduled, participants will receive a full refund.

If you cancel at any time in the 8 weeks before the course start you will risk losing the full payment for the course. If we are able to fill the space we may be able to offer a partial refund of your payment minus 10% administration fee. If you cancel during the course we are unable to offer any refund.

Entry Criteria

Participants should be over 18, have experience of working with young people and hold a current DBS Disclosure.

Please be aware that support for planning and delivering Forest School sessions and time to put together the portfolio are particularly important with this training. We recommend any supporter/ line manager reads the Pre-Booking Information before you complete the booking and application process.

Please read our Pre-booking Information for further details.

Covid Secure Mission Statement for groups

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust continues to take steps to help limit the spread of Covid-19. We are keeping the situation under review, and so there may be the need to change your booking at short notice. The below statement outlines what to expect from us, and what we expect from you. If you do not adhere to the guidelines outlined below, we reserve the right to stop your visit.

What to expect from us: 

We will follow the latest government guidelines- your visit could be cancelled or postponed at short notice if guidance changes 

We will always remain 2 metres apart from you

We will provide you with access to hand washing facilities whilst on site

There will be enough equipment for your group to maintain social distancing (the Trust is practicing 2 metres, not 1 metre plus). We will clean all equipment before and after your visit 

The activities within your session may be adapted to minimise equipment, this will be discussed at an online briefing before the course start date.

We will continue to provide first aid and emergency care for you. In an emergency we may not be able to maintain social distancing, staff providing the first aid will wear appropriate PPE

We will not be providing snacks or drinks. Participants will need to bring their own.

If one of our staff delivering on your visit becomes unwell within 2 weeks we will inform you 

What we expect from you: 

You will follow the latest government guidelines 

You will remain 2 metres apart from our staff and group participants

You and your group will practice frequent hand washing 

You remain responsible for arranging your own travel

If you become unwell within 2 weeks you will inform us by contacting the member of staff who booked your session.


All equipment used for the sessions will be cleaned before and after use. Each individual or bubble will have their own set of equipment which will not be used again until it has been washed and dried.


Dawn Preston – Education Officer

Dawn O’Malley – Training and Outreach Officer

Course Reviews

Sarah, Boscombe

Doing my Forest School Level 3 with Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust was fantastic. The training was delivered in such a magical location with trainers who were really knowledgeable and experienced but more importantly, friendly, approachable and so passionate about Forest School. I left with a spring in my step, wood smoke in my hair, loads of new ideas and an eagerness and confidence to begin delivering Forest School myself.

Steve, Penn

The instructors were absolutely fantastic both in terms of their knowledge and skills as well as in their delivery style.

Daniel, Gosport

We had a chance to apply skills, develop and then re-apply them in a managed and supportive environment over consecutive days. The course, in parts, exceeded my expectations.

Carine, Basingstoke

Thank you for an *amazing* experience and all your hard but seamless work in providing the course.

Victoria, Christchurch

I just wanted to say a huge thankful for a wonderful weekend last weekend and, a really great training course. I had no idea I would learn as much as I have, let alone run sessions successfully. One day, even if I can only be a fraction as good as you both as practitioners that would be amazing.


Know before you go


Under effective control
Dogs are sometimes required to be on a lead if schools groups are visiting the site.


Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Pre-booking Information