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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 fun in the forest – learn about your local forest this spring!

For information about events, spring downloads and forest challenges, visit the Spring 2015 page.

Children running on a path through bluebellsVisit your local forest this spring and discover more by completing our forest challenges.

Spring is a great time to go to the forest – the buds are bursting on the trees, birds are nesting and hedgehogs and bats are waking up from winter hibernation.

Print the 'ten challenges for spring' sheet and tick off the challenges as you do them – you could even have a competition with your friends and family to see who can do them all first.

When you’ve done them all, send us an email telling us your name, age and where and when you completed the challenges, and we’ll send you a certificate.

Come back to this page in June to try our 'ten challenges for summer'.

If you want to discover even more about your forest this spring, you can download the following activities:

Other downloads

Tick lists of things to look out for:

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

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?

Find out how much your group learns during their forest visit – try our quiz before and after.

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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If you've taken part in a Forestry Commission England learning activity, whether that's attending an organised event or printing off one of our activity downloads and completing it by yourself, we'd like to hear what you think. Complete this simple survey and help us to continue to provide exciting learning opportunities.

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