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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.

Free lesson plans for schools and groups

Find out about our free lesson plans to download for schools and groups

Seasonal activities – Autumn

Enjoy cold sunny days, collect beautiful coloured leaves to create woodland art and discover what animals and birds are doing to prepare for the coming winter.

Download our autumn activities to help you learn all about the forest this autumn:

• Tick lists of things to look out for

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

• Autumn wordsearch

This autumn, celebrate FSC Friday with the Forestry Commission. FSC Friday is always the last weekend in September, but the activities can be done any time during the autumn.

Before, during or after your visit, you can make and enjoy the snapdragon – how many answers can you and your friends come up with to each of the questions?

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