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Ranger-led activities in the forest

The Forestry Commission is working hard to establish partnerships with other organisations and environmental educators, to ensure that led activity sessions in the forest become more widely available to schools and other groups across the country.

All activities will be delivered by qualified, experienced leaders, with appropriate training in health and safety and with valid DBS checks.

Our goals are that groups will:
• meet their own learning objectives (eg curriculum, badge or award scheme)
• find out about the importance of forests and how we manage them
• enjoy their visit to the forest and feel inspired to come back again and again!

Led activities can achieve objectives in a range of subjects:
• Science – climate change, food chains,
• Design Technology – shelterbuilding
• Physical – orienteering, team challenges
• Play – fun activities for young children
• Forestry / Land Management – walks and talks for older students
• Art – natural sculpture and craft activities
• Fieldwork
• Badges and Award Schemes – Duke of Edinburgh, John Muir Award, Scout badges etc

This is really just a small selection of ideas for learning in the forest – local learning teams will have many more suggestions for activities that are available in your area.

If you go on an activity with a Ranger or with one of our partner organisations at a Forestry Commission site, please come back and tell us what you think.