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Developing Partnerships

Epping Forest Field Centre is joining forces with Archimedes Training, the British Ecological Society and the John Muir Trust to offer even more outdoor learning experiences.

Archimedes Training is currently the leading provider of Forest Schools, Beach Schools and Outdoor Learning qualifications in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals through positive experiences and participation in engaging and motivating achievable activities in a woodland environment, helping to develop personal, social and emotional skills:
~ Independence ~ Self-discovery ~ Confidence ~
~ Communication skills ~ Raised self-esteem ~
Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

Archimedes Training is delivering the Forest Schools Practitioners award from Epping Forest Field Centre. This will enable participants to start running Forest Schools sessions in their own setting. The course includes: 5 days training, 5 days assessment, and a 16 hour ITC First aid for Forest Schools qualification.

To find out more about this course and our other Professional Development courses visit our website 

Learn how to teach survival skills on Forest School course

Investigate invertebrates on the Freshwater Forensic family course

We are teaming up again with Epping Forest Countrycare to offer ‘Freshwater Forensics’ free of charge family courses across two days in two locations.  The days are supported by the British Ecological Society, the UK’s academic learned society supporting the science of ecology. During 2013 the British Ecological Society will be celebrating its centenary with a series of events, conferences and publications that aim to increase the profile of ecological science among scientists and the public. ‘Freshwater Forensics’ is part of the Festival of Ecology, a public focussed nationwide celebration of ecological science with over sixty participating institutions across the UK. The Festival will run from 15 June - 4 August 2013.

We are also working with the John Muir Trust on developing a project that will allow children to work towards and gain their John Muir Discovery Award.  Each day would focus on the four challenges of the scheme – Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share.  We aim to involve children from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and in particular from areas of socio-economic deprivation.  We are keen to provide experiences to young people who may not otherwise be able to take part due to prohibitive costs.

Our aim will also be to build confidence and the capacity for schools to lead independent visits and continue with the John Muir Award after the lifetime of the project. This will enable participants and leaders to progress through the Award scheme, develop their interests and ideas, and provide incentive to continue using the outdoors as a learning resource.

If you would like more details about our range of courses please visit the website or email [email protected]

Monday, January 14, 2013