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Online training courses in Outdoor Learning & Forest School

Teach Outside, Learn Outside, Think Outside

Teachers, teaching assistants & nursery practitioners

Children learn, develop and thrive in different ways and in different environments. At The Outdoor Teacher, we believe in the power of the natural environment to help pupils to embrace learning with greater motivation, focus and happiness.

Outdoors practitioners, Scout & Guide leaders

Nothing beats sharing your love of the great outdoors with the next generation. The Outdoor Teacher has created the ultimate set of practical tools, activities and guides for anyone who recognises the value of nature in shaping young minds.

Therapists, counsellors & special needs educators

Great children’s counsellors and therapists achieve amazing results for their patients. It’s an admirable balancing act; combining the need for a relaxed, approachable relationship, and the serious work of looking after someone’s mental health.

Online Outdoor Learning Courses

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The past few years has placed a huge demand on some of the most valuable people in our society.
Parents, educators, health and wellbeing professionals working with some of our most vulnerable young people are responding valiantly to the call.

Let us help you to improve your skills and have a tool bag full of activities that link to all the principles of Forest School.

Our foundation course 'The Forest School Activities Online Training' is designed for both teachers (early years, primary & secondary) who are looking for support in running outdoor learning and for Forest School practitioners who want to improve their skills and have a tool bag full of activities that link to all the principles of Forest School.

How do you deliver much-needed teaching, care and mental health support without access to a traditional classroom or counsellor’s office setting? Maybe you’re keen to explore the benefits of practice in nature, but where do you find quality information about how and where to start?
forest school activities online course

The Forest School Activities Training

Our foundation training course comes with lifetime access to over 100 step by step inspirational videos and resources. Designed for teachers and practitioners. Single modules are £49.99 +vat or save £100 when you buy the 8 module bundle

Get All 8 Modules For £295 +vat


Phil Dean
Phil Dean

Careers, Enrichment and Outdoor Learning Leader, St Oscar Romero Catholic School

"Marina and her team have created the most excellent forest school online modules that are brilliantly user friendly. She approaches the tasks with passion and simplicity and the quote 'Fear replaced by knowledge' encompasses exactly the reason people are afraid to try foraging. Each stepped approach to gaining the information is clear and succinct with the overriding feeling of being right there in the outdoors. It made me want to go find the nettles in my garden and make some of those crisps!"

Ciara Hinksman
Ciara Hinksman

Founder Forest School Ireland

"I've been working outside with learners for over a decade and I'm delighted that it refreshed what I learnt when I trained as a Forest School Leader. Marina teaches in a clear and accessible manner from a depth of experience working with groups of all ages. The video tutorials give practical demonstrations of the rope skills useful for planning sessions in a woodland or an adapted urban setting."

Róisín Dexter
Róisín Dexter

Primary Teacher and Forest School Leader, Dublin

"Having learned my outdoor skills on face-to-face courses, I initially couldn't understand how they could be learned online.. but The Outdoor Teacher has shown me that they absolutely can! And, in fact, with some extra advantages. For example, I was able to rewind and watch something again in order to take it in more fully or practise it. Marina brings to the screen her decades of experience teaching in the outdoors. Each technique is explained and demonstrated very clearly, with lots of background information and ideas - perfect for both the beginner and the experienced outdoor teacher."

About the Instructor

Marina Robb (Bsc; PGCE; MA; Msc; Author) is Founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery Community Interest Company and The Outdoor Teacher Ltd, both leading organisations that aim to transform education and health through nature.

Marina is co-author of ‘Learning with Nature’ (foreword by Chris Packham), a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners, and ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’ (foreword by David Sobel) which contains everything you need to know from theory to practice

Marina has more than 30 years experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. She provides a deep understanding of effective nature education at all levels and for a range of diverse backgrounds.

Marina is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and since 1989 has studied Environmental Education (MA), Environmental Management (BSc) and Social Research (MSc). She is a leading Forest School endorsed trainer and practitioner (UK and International). Her aim is to share her knowledge and experience with teachers and others wishing to work outside the classroom.

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This book is a complete guide to Forest School provision and Nature Pedagogy and it examines the models, methods, worldviews and values that underpin teaching in nature. Jon Cree and Marina Robb show how a robust Nature Pedagogy can support learning, behaviour, and physical and emotional wellbeing, and, importantly, a deeper relationship with the natural world. They offer an overview of what a Forest School programme could look like through the year.

The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy provides ‘real-life’ examples from a variety of contexts, sample session plans and detailed guidance on using language, crafting and working with the natural world. Topics include the history of nature education, our sensory system in nature, Forest School ethos and worldview and playing and crafting in the natural world.

Guiding practitioners through planning for a programme, including taking care of a woodland site and preparing all the essential policies and procedures for working with groups and nature, this book is written by dedicated Forest School and nature education experts and is essential reading for settings, schools, youth groups, families and anyone working with children and young people.

The Essential Guide to Forest School & Nature Pedagogy