Our 4th annual celebration of Forest School!
Forest School Day (FSD), October 8th 2021 is the 4th annual celebration of UK Forest School. FSD was launched in 2018 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the start of UK Forest School.
Connecting, sharing and celebrating all that is great and wonderful about UK Forest School.
We are inviting the Forest School community to hold local and community celebrations in their Forest school settings. Creating inclusive, playful and joyful celebrations, full of laughter, Forest School stories, campfire cooking, woodland games and leaf bunting. Celebrating the Forest School values way no balloons but seasonal creativity and nature crafts and of course hot chocolate!
About Forest School Day
Katey Hügi, a Forest School Leader based in Hertfordshire came up with the idea of an annual Forest School Day four years ago to thank individuals in the Forest School community. Their dedication and commitment to Forest School often goes under the radar and the benefits that children receive from the experience deserves recognition.
Forest School Day’s mission is to create a recognised National Forest School Day framework for this year and pave the way for future years. Designed for and by the Forest School Community that promotes best practice.
UK Forest School has been connecting children and adults to nature for over 25 years!
Forest School Day is a chance to thank individuals for their commitment and dedication to Forest School. Our mission is to be the catalyst to inspire individuals from the Forest School community to celebrate together, to design, create and deliver a Forest School Day we can be proud of and one that promotes best practice. To collect and share inspirational Forest School stories, resources and ideas to support the 2021 celebrations.
In the UK we have over 14,000 (estimate) Forest School leaders. Each week in the Uk 1000’s of children attend regular Forest School sessions held on their school grounds, local parks or woodlands.
The Forest School community has been invited to hold local events and share the experience of Forest School with their wider community. These local celebrations are a fantastic way for people who don’t have the opportunity to attend a Forest School session an insight into what happens and experience for themselves the reason to celebrate.
The delivery of Forest School sessions include 6 principles that have been created by the Forest School Association whose purpose is to promote best practice and “quality forest school for all” This release will help us to spread the message to the wider community that they are invited to join in with Forest School Day and to give a deeper understanding of Forest School.
The 2020 Forest School Day was a great success, despite the restrictions due to Covid 19 the benefits of being outside in the fresh air no doubt boosted the confidence of those holding events. This year we are expecting a fantastic turn out as countries all over the world are with celebrations being held in over the UK in 47 counties.
Following calls from Forest School settings across the world this year Forest School day is open to international event registrations.
This year the Forest School Day is focusing on creating inclusive playful and joyful Forest School Day celebrations in Forest School style whilst asking the question ‘Why are you grateful for forest school?’ We encourage those taking part to share their activities and photos from the day using:
Please get in touch for more information.
During the event the social media platforms and email will be monitored regularly.
Name: Katey Hugi
Let's do this together!
Connect with your community and nature
It’s easy to register your Forest School Day celebration just complete the short form and let us know how you are celebrating. Celebrations are happening the week before and after the 8th across the UK and internationally!
See how people are celebrating on the Forest School Day celebrations map. This year there is an estimated 986 adults and 5,206, and the registrations keep coming in.
In Forest School Day in 2020 celebrations were held internationally including in Canada, The USA, Turkey and the Philippines.
Ask the children how they would like to celebrate and share your ideas?
Playful and Joyful Celebrations
We are super excited about our 4th Forest School Day. We hope to exceed last year’s number of registrations and support. Crafting celebrations the Forest School values way, no plastic but lots of hapa zome, campfires, cooking, singing and gratitude. The message is clear that Forest School is loved!