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A little girl stood in the forest smiling.

The ethos and the ideas behind forest school

Forest school activities are designed to help children to understand and appreciate the natural environment while learning about themselves, developing skills and learning about risk. Our little adventurers are always busy in the forest with den building, whittling and safely cooking on a fire as some of our favourite forest school activities.

The types of forest school activities we deliver at We Are Adventurers link closely to a school’s curriculum. For example, KS2 students learning about the water cycle can learn how to collect water, make a rainfall gauge and then measure how much rain has been collected. Geography students can learn how to use a compass, make a map and go orienteering.

We use storytelling to spark the imagination, from fairy hunts to wizards and potions, and famous stories such as Robin Hood and The Gruffalo, there are plenty of ideas that can be brought back to the classroom.

A group of children exploring the forest.
Children working together to build a den.
Child working through worksheet with teacher.
A group of children working together during forest school.
Group of children and teacher walking through the forest.

What’s covered

Curriculum-based adventures
Learner led
Use of tools

Fire safety
Understanding of nature
Mental wellbeing

Our experienced team make outdoor learning accessible to all

Every year We Are Adventurers helps more than 10,000 children to connect with nature because it’s what we’re passionate about. With more than a decade’s worth of experience behind us our Forest School Leaders have a wealth of knowledge and a comprehensive learning programme when it comes to forest school activity ideas.

We can run a one off event for you either on your school grounds or at our woodland site at Trafford Ecology Park. Or alternatively, we can work with you on a programme of adventure, designed to help children grow in confidence and skills week after week.

Child and adult roasting marshmallows over an open fire.



“I just wanted to let you know how much my class really enjoyed the activities you provide for the ‘We Are Adventurers”. Not only are they great fun but they provide invaluable outdoor learning experiences that help develop the children’s learning across the curriculum.”

Cath Luckham Y5 teacher St Vincent’s

What do we do?

We run our Forest School programme in schools across Manchester and Cheshire. Browse our FAQs to find out more.

  • There is no woodland in my school - can I still operate forest school activities

    The forest school ethos suggests that outdoor learning is best done in small groups delivered in a woodland environment. Although we agree that this is where the forest school ethos is at its best, we believe that by bringing a forest school ethos to a tailored range of outdoor activities, we are able to deliver forest school activities with full classes and even in playgrounds that have no trees at all. This makes learning through adventure accessible to many more children.

  • I already have a regular forest school but want to do something more advanced, can you help?

    Absolutely. We know that many schools have invested in getting a member of their team qualified as a forest school leader. We’re happy to work in partnership with them to deliver the experience, and can even mentor them to help them expand their repertoire.

  • Are you a traditional forest school?

    Not really – we’re much, much more. We are an adventure led forest school and as such we have an expanded offer that includes archery, overnight camps, the John Muir award and the Duke of Edinburgh award alongside bushcraft, campfire cooking and knot tying.


We believe in learning with play and creating lasting experiences for your little adventurers.

Get in touch to find out what forest school activities we can plan for you.