Forest School Awards
The outreach programme for Learning Without Walls

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Become a Forest School!


Get your organisation involved with the Northern Ireland Forest School Community.

Expression of Interest

By completing and submitting this form you will be notified about upcoming events, receive monthly updates on Forest Schools in Northern Ireland, funding opportunities, training and much more.

Register Your Organisation's Expression of Interest

Forest School Awards Application

If your organisation has already decided it wants to become a Forest School then complete the Forest School Awards Application Form if you DO NOT have funding.

Local Councils, Government agencies, local businesses and others support organisations that want to become Forest Schools. Complete the Forest School Awards Application Form and NIFSA will actively seek funding to support your application.

Apply for a Forest School Award

Forest School Awards Training Request Form (for organisations that already have funding)

If your organisation has already decided it wants to become a Forest School and has secured funding, for example - Awards for All, Signature Project etc. please complete the form below to request Forest School training. The 6-week Forest School Leader Training Programme costs £1,500.

Forest School Training Request Form


If you are an individual interested in Forest School training, NIFSA organise Forest School Leader training events. Training costs £1,000 and this includes 5 days' accommodation at Clandeboye Estate in Bangor.

Expression of interest

By completing and submitting this form you will be notified about upcoming Forest School Leader training events.

Expression of Interest Form - Individual

Blind as a Bat!
Resources needed:
Blindfold x 1

Halloween is a time when kids think about spooky castles, ghosts and flying bats.
Why not do some activities that involve using a blindfold...

Become a tree hugger - this activity can take place anywhere where there are a group of trees around. Blindfold your son/daughter and then spin them around so as they are not sure what direction they might be facing. Guide them, this is important as they will not be able to see and could trip or fall if not taken by the hand, to a tree somewhere. They must get to know that tree - are there any branches, what height are they, how wide is the tree, can you hug it or is too big, are there any holes in it and so on. Lead your son/daughter back to your starting point, spin them around again and then ask them to find the tree that had been learning all about.

Feely Bag - go for a walk in your garden or local park. As you walk gather interesting objects that feel strange, smell funny, are soft or hard, make a noise if you scrunch them. Feathers, sticks with moss growing on them, toadstools, pieces of bark, pine cones and so on. Blindfold your son or daughter and ask them to take an object from the bag and identify it. If they get really good they might be able to identify trees from the different shaped leaves, for example oak tree.

Zap stick! - this game is about being quiet and listening. Blindfold your son/daughter and place an object that you have to capture e.g. a pine cone or stick. They will have a stick with which they can point with in their hands. Move a good distance away from them. You need to walk quietly up to your son/daughter and try and get the object without them hearing or sensing you. If they hear or sense you and point the stick directly at you, you zapped and have lost.

Crunch time - hang an apple or apples from a tree or clothes line. Blindfold your son/daughter and direct them towards the hanging apple(s). They will need to use all their skills to take big bites out of the apple(s). Why not have a race with them and see who wins.