Activity downloads

The following activities are free to download and can be printed out before you visit our forests.

The forest cycle: photo show

For a great introduction to the forest and how it is cared for by the Forestry Commission, watch this informative, child-friendly photo show with accompanying notes.

Lesson plans for schools and groups

A ready-to-use lesson plan for teachers who want to deliver a lesson on the forest and what it does for people, wildlife and timber.

Activities and downloads for everyone

• Tick lists of things to look out for

Trees to look for
Wildlife to look for
Activities to look for
The Forest Cycle

• Special activities produced for annual events and occasions

FSC Friday activity download for more information about FSC Friday, visit
Climate Week activity download - for more information about Climate Week, visit
National Children’s Day for more information about National Children’s Day, visit

• Discover your forest – an exciting new resource for members of the Children’s University for more information about the Children’s University, visit

And for a bit of fun

• Forest snapdragon

Health and safety information for schools and groups   

• A guide to the group leader’s responsibilities when visiting a forest
• A sample risk assessment

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What's of interest

Forest Stewardship Council downloadable lesson plans and resources on sustainable forest management

Forest Education Initiative curriculum-linked learning resources

Forest Education Network for anyone with an interest in forest education

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom - a registered charity championing learning outside the classroom (LOtC)

Forests for the Future - a resource investigating trees, forests and climate change

Useful sites