Forest School Awards
The outreach programme for Learning Without Walls

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Forest School Awards Recognition and Accreditation

When your school/organisation achieves Forest School status you will receive an NIFSA Official Forest School metal plaque and weatherproof screws.


There are three Award levels for your organisation to work towards - Elder, Birch and Oak


Accreditation criteria

Current NIFSA MemberYesYesYes
Number of qualified Forest School leaders - Level 3012+
Minimum number of Forest School sessions per year61218
Following Forest School principlesYesYesYes
Mentoring other Forest SchoolsNoYes (if required)Yes (if required)
Involved with Friends of Forest SchoolNoYesYes
Registered and delivering Nature Rangers ProgrammeYesYesYes
Complementary programme e.g. Eco-Schools, John Muir Trust, Woodland Trust Green Leaf SchemeNo1+2+

Forest School Awards Accreditation Report

Every two years your organisation will be assessed remotely using information contained in your MIS.

A recommendation section will provide information on how to achieve a higher status level. You can be reassessed at any time by contacting NIFSA.

Digital Image

Your organisation will receive a digital image of your Award status. This can be used on Facebook, websites, letterheads etc.

Certificate of Achievement

You will have access to print a Certificate of Achievement to display in your reception area.