Birrarung Park Forest School – Learn Fire Skills, Campfire & Damper Making

  • 24/09/2021
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm

It’s time to get kids off the screens and into our forest school these school holidays! This session we will be building a campfire and learning how to make and cook damper on a stick to enjoy for afternoon tea!

Our team of highly experienced forest school educators will support your child’s learning so that they become more confident, curious, capable and are taught to learn how to take safe risks in the bush through climbing, building and using real tools. They will also discover and learn about our natural environment and it’s fascinating wildlife.

During this session, we will cover:

    • Fire and bush safety
    • Learn how to safely use a flint 
    • Go on a bush walk discovering the flora and fauna, tracking.
    • Make damper and cook it over the campfire
    • Share stories

Our forest school aims to inspire creativity, a natural curiosity and enriching sensory play experience while following your child’s interests at all times. We also ensure that children learn to use their bodies so that they develop strength, good balance and coordination while learning to take safe risks with guidance and support from the educators.

Our program is based on the leading research from world-renowned and leading Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced and Barefoot to give your child optimum opportunity to build their gross motor and physical skills through climbing, balancing, walking and fine motor skills during our craft activities. Research clearly shows that the more time your child spends in nature, the better they are prepared for learning and life skills, both physically and emotionally. As Angela illustrates, “too many of today’s children miss out on the full sensory richness offered beyond the walls of the classroom or home.”

The forest school workshop will be led by Adam and Cath.

Adam is an experienced workshop facilitator and forest school leader with a background in Outdoor Education.

Cath is a special needs outdoor educator with other 40 years experience working with children outdoors.

Forest school Melbourne is an all-weather outdoor program so you need to make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. Children must have closed footwear when walking in the bush, sun hats, sunscreen, wet weather gear, plenty of snacks and water and a change of clothes. Our program will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong wind.

Ages: 6-12 years

*This is a drop off session only. (Please contact us beforehand if your child has any additional needs)


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