Forest School Awards
The outreach programme for Learning Without Walls

qualified schools
trainee schools

pupils engaged
families engaged
Statistics are from September 2016 when
the Forest School Awards began
A partnership between NIFSA and The Dufferin Foundation at Clandeboye
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Welcome to the home of the Forest School Awards, the outreach programme for Learning Without Walls.

The Learning Without Walls initiative is a series of programmes all designed to get children learning outside in the natural environment with their schools, youth groups and families.

It is a Northern Ireland-wide partnership between Lady Dufferin, the Dufferin Foundation and the Northern Ireland Forest School Association.

The Forest School Awards supports the training of teachers, youth leaders and families in their own community ensuring there are no barriers for participation.

It is free to enter and is supported by local Councils, businesses and others.

The Forest School Awards encourage and inspire local schools and organisations to become accredited Forest School practitioners. It is supported by the local Council in your area.

Every year schools and organisations have the opportunity to enter the Forest School Awards. If they are selected, they win the following:

  • Forest School Leader Award Level 3 Training for one member of staff at your local Council Park
  • Forest School Starter Kit Bag
  • Assistance in the development of a dedicated Forest School site within your local Council Park
  • An entry in the Forest School Awards Directory to promote your Forest School activities
  • Official Forest School plaque
  • Membership to Forest School Awards website that gives information on other Forest Schools in your area, lesson plans, latest research, literature, Forest School products and much more.

Join our Forest School Members Zone and reap the benefits of regular news about... ideas for outside activities, research, jobs, training, publications and equipment.

Apply for a Forest School Award now!