29 Feb

Our Next Course

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors with Jon Cree, Feb 29th & March 1st, 2020

Information and Pricing

An Introduction to Forest School Ethos and Principles two-day training in Co. Kilkenny.

This heavily subsidised training is exclusively available to all Primary, Secondary and Early Years Teachers and Special Needs Assistants working in Co. Kilkenny.

Our funding is from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership fund and Kilkenny Co. Co. We applied for this grant in association with Kilkenny Education Centre and Kilkenny County Childcare Committee.

Curricula links:

Forest School can be linked to the curricula in many ways: Aistear, SPHE, SESE, Geography, Art, Drama, PE, Music, Literacy, English, Irish, Science, even Maths! Also…Storytelling as a connection with History, Communication, Social Construction, Mapping, Citizenship, Mindfullness and many more extension activities.

Who is this for:

This course is aimed at individuals with little or no experience of working in the outdoors, and aims to build knowledge and confidence in taking groups outdoors and the safe use of equipment and tools.

We will introduce basic woodland skills, and individuals will be given a basic knowledge of the flora and fauna in a woodland area. The course will allow participants to look at using the outdoor environment to facilitate different learning styles and to encourage the development of personal skills such as confidence and self-esteem.

Dates and Times:

Two Saturdays the 9th Nov & 16th Nov, 2019 inclusive, 9:00am to 4.30pm each day.


Castlecomber Discovery Park, Castlecomber, Co. Kilkenny


Subsidised at only €40 (plus booking fee) for two full days training. The usual fee is €140. Booking link: clr.ie/128090

As this is an elective training event, there will be no travel and subsistence allowances payable and this does not count towards your Croke Park hours. 


Two Irish Forest School Leader trainers, Ciara Hinksman of ‘Earth Force Education’ and Lucy Bell of ‘Growing Wild’ are delivering this course. Both are highly experienced Forest School Leaders and Trainers.

To book you must work or be based in Co. Kilkenny:


Feedback from previous participants: “Very well delivered, friendly, approachable tutors”

“Very enjoyable - learned a lot, interactive, lots of ideas to bring back to services, songs and games, knowledge of trees and leaves.”

Course Details

  • Start Date: 2019-11-09
  • Start Time: 09:00
  • End Date: 2019-11-16
  • End Time: 04:30
  • Suitability:
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  • Price: €40
  • Pricing Options:

    This is a grant-aided subsidised rate for educators working in the Co. Kilkenny area.