Are you looking for something a little different for your child these holidays? Don't want your child stuck indoors or in front of a screen? Want your child to get some Vitamin N at our beautiful, shady and cool creek? Then come and join us in the wild these holidays!
We run programs every Wednesday and Thursday (except between Christmas and New Years) and just some of our workshops include:
- Small Worlds
- Boats and Rafts
- Harry Potter Day
- Sculptures in the Forest
Did you know we offer excursions for early childhood centres, primary schools, secondary schools and vacation care providers at both our Petrie Creek Forest School site and Pt Cartwright Beach School site?
Let us do all the dirty work (literally!) and teach your children how to:
- Light fires with flints and cook on the fire
- Whittle with pen knives
- Use bow-saws to build cubbies and shelters
- Use hand tools to make projects out of natural resources.
- Teach students about local flora and fauna, sustainability and local indigenous history.
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- Implement a Forest School Program in your Setting
- Hand Tools
- Shelters, Knots and Lashings
- Build your own program
Let Us Come to You!
We can bring Forest Schooling to your School or Service! Whether you are a Kindy, Primary School, High School, OSHC or other service we can bring our tools, natural resources and expertise and build a program to suit you. Our sessions are limited only by your imagination. Just some of the sessions we can run include:
- Fire (lighting, managing, extinguishing)
- Hand Tools (safe use, projects to suit your curriculum)
- Flora and Fauna
- Water (management, testing, projects to suit your curriculum)
- Research Based Projects
Come and play with the next generation of environmental warriors! We are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand with the day-to-day running of our programs. Why not join up today?
Have you been trying to get to a Wildlings Forest School program but have had other commitments during the week? Come along with your family or drop your child off to one of our awesome weekend workshops! Just some of the workshops we run include:
- Ropes (hammocks, swings, ladders, knots and lashings)
- Boats (make your own boats and rafts and float them in the creek)
- Come and Play
- Cubbies and Treehouses and much more
Forest school is essentially outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of the child (Worroll 2016).
Forest schools help students develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity through experiencing the natural world and by teaching practical, outdoor skills. Students work outside regularly in an outdoor natural space over a long period of time (preferably at least a year).
The ethos has grown in popularity in Australia over the past decade in parallel to growing concerns over “cotton wool kids” overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature...
Wildlings Forest School offers children the opportunity to develop confidence and self esteem through hands on, tangible and fun nature activities that promote team work, friendship, community engagement, sustainability, critical thinking and risk-taking.
Our focus is to develop the whole child and to help build in them a sense of place, belonging and guardianship of our natural spaces. We aim to work with our children, their families and our local community to create memories and skills that will last a lifetime and a sense of environmental stewardship that will ensure that our natural wonders will still be here for the next generation to enjoy.
WHAT TO BRING
No matter the session, whether it be Playgroup or a High School Excursion, we recommend children bring the following:
- Closed in shoes (we recommend aqua shoes, gumboots or canvas shoes they're happy to get wet and muddy). No thongs please!
- Long pants to minimise the risk of ticks, bugs, snake bites and scratches from branches etc.
- Shirt (long sleeves preferable for reasons above).
- Insect repellant
- Swimmers, rashie, towel
- Spare change (or two) of clothes
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS
Wildlings Forest School would like to acknowledge the traditional owners and caretakers of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people and pay our respects to elders past and present.
Register your child for our Wednesday Forest Kindy program now! We are taking enrolments from ages 0 through to 6 years for Term 1, 2018.