Morning session 1
04/02/2022 - 08/04/2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Afternoon session 2
04/02/2022 - 08/04/2022
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join us in 2022 for our Mornington Peninsula Forest School program at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve in Moorooduc. Devilbend Natural Features Reserve is a 1,005 ha park on the Mornington Peninsula 55 km south-east of Melbourne, Australia, between Hastings and Mount Martha in the traditional country of the Bunurong people. It is A haven for waterbirds with a lowland pine forest, reservoirs and shoreline to explore.
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.
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 Mornington Peninsula 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 Mornington Peninsula Forest School program is run by two experienced and qualified educators, Alison and Kate.
- Alison is a qualified teacher’s aide, teacher and experienced forest school leader who is highly experienced and regarded for her incredible ability to provide an inclusive environment for children of all abilities.
- Kate is an artist, qualified and experienced Primary School Teacher, Art Teacher and Outdoor 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 and the environment is diverse, challenging and forever changing. There are many new and exciting risks that the children have to navigate. We have rules and policies in place that every child needs to be able to follow to keep themselves and everyone safe. If we assess that your child needs extra support to keep them safe, then we will work with you to provide that extra assistance and we may on occasions ask that you (or another family member) stay during the sessions.
Ages: 4-10 years (drop off only session)
Runs for a full 10 weeks in term 1.
Our Forest School is open to kinder aged, primary school and homeschool children.