It has been just over 7 months since Forest Explorers started and wow what a 7 months it has been, can hardly believe how time has flown! I write this as the schools have finished for summer and the family summer events are due to start. Don’t get me wrong, it has been the hardest 7 months of my life, a huge learning curve, I have had my ups and downs but I have got through it with the help of my family, husband, friends and colleagues and am looking forward to the future.
We have seen 54 schools through the door which is over 2000 children! From nursery children learning about animal homes through to university students having guided walks – shelter building to hunting for mini beasts and using their senses to explore the wonders of the forest every single school has had a fantastic visit. We have even had a school book for again for next July! I will never tire of hearing the children say thank you over and over again and say it is the best school trip they have ever been on.
“Just wanted to say thank you for a great day last Friday – the children enjoyed themselves so much (and I did too!). A great day!” – Brooklands Primary School, Sale took part in our Bush craft programme.
“Please pass on our thanks to everyone. We had the best time the kids really want to come back. Thank you so much” – 90 children from Heald Place Primary School, Manchester built survival shelters with us.
“Thanks again for a great trip last Fri. Here are some photos as promised, See you next year! – Prescot Primary School built shelters
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for a fantastic visit. The children (and teachers) have come back buzzing! They absolutely loved it. – Leigh St Peter’s Primary built shelters and used natural materials to make forest art work
Our Forest School parent and toddler group has been another great success this year, the early years children absolutely love the outdoors (as do the parents!), it is such a relaxed atmosphere and all the children get on really well and have made lots of new friends. Our topics this year have been birds, art, mini beasts, trees and tools. We had a fantastic end of summer celebration to say a huge thanks to everyone for their support over the past 7 months and also to say bye bye to those children who will be going to big school in September! I will miss them but hopefully their schools will book a trip to visit us next year. As so many of our Forest School children are going to school in September we now have places available for the 11am-12pm and 1-2pm sessions starting 11th September.
As lots of you have discovered it is not just schools we work with, we deliver birthday parties for 3-12 year olds and run family and adult events throughout the year.
This year so far we have delivered 50 children’s birthday parties in the forest and have many more booked in for September and October! We build shelters, hunt for fairies and wizards, hunt for mini beasts, learn bush craft skills and generally have lots of fun in the outdoors! All of our parties finish with a fire toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. I think we have made lots of birthday children and their friends very happy!!
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for today. Sam had a great party and we were both really impressed with the activities- all the children loved it! Our guides did everything they could for us. The children had a great time and lots of the parents sent text messages saying how much fun they had. “
“I just want to thank you for a super party, and all your help. I have had very positive feed back from the children, and got some great photos for the parents.”
“Adam and all the other children had a great time and are still talking about it.”
“Oliver and his friends all had a great time at his den building party. Peter and Emma did a fantastic job of keeping them entertained and under control! The food and party bags were great.”
Our events have been extremely successful as well. We started off the in February building bird boxes and making bird feeders for our garden birds, for our Easter events we ran teddy bear’s picnics with an Easter theme, ran den building and bush craft sessions and over 250 people came along to our Easter Hunt!! That is a lot of Easter eggs to give away! Other events so far this year have been mini beast hunting, a dawn chorus and badger watching for the adults (although the badgers were a little elusive on the night!) and a wildflower and dragonfly walk. So far we have had over 1000 people attend our events!
We start the summer events tomorrow (24th Jul) and kick it off with a mini beast hunt and den building events (should be great in the rain we are currently having after 2 weeks of glorious sunshine! The events are proving to be extremely popular with most of the bush craft and bat walks now fully booked.
We are also running our Forest Holiday Club again which is for children aged 7 years and over. This club is for those children who love the outdoors and want to either begin learning survival skills or improve on them. We will teach them how to build dens, do knots, use tools including knives, saws, secateurs and axes to make things from wood, fire lighting methods including the flint and steel and the bow drill and much much more.
For information on any of the activities we provide please email [email protected] or call 07808 506308.
Many thanks for your continued support, lets hope the next 6 months will be just as successful!! Helena