- 03/02/2021 - 31/03/2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us for forest school in the Dandenong Ranges at Birdsland Reserve in Belgrave Heights. Our forest school program has been specifically designed to give children the opportunity to immerse themselves in uninterrupted wild bush play and learning.
Our unique and one of a kind forest school program aims to educate children through child-led hands-on activities and learning, inspiring curiosity, creativity, teaching real-life skills, empowering children to develop confidence, build resilience and social skills.
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.
This term we will focus on supporting each child’s emotional and physical well-being so there will be lots of bush walks, climbing trees, building bush cubbies and spontaneous play and games.
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.
Eco Explorers Forest School 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.”
This Dandenong Ranges Forest School program is run by Kate R and Kate W.
- Kate R is a qualified Primary School Teacher, artist and outdoor educator who has been running our Dandenong Ranges bush playgroups.
- Kate W is a qualified outdoor educator, environmental educator and early childhood educator.
All facilitators are skilled and trained to work with children in the bush and hold a level 2 advanced first aid and carry first aid kits with them at all times.
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: 4-8 years (drop off only session)
Our forest school is open to kinder aged, primary school and homeschool children.