The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

If you’d like a simpler way to plan and deliver outdoor learning experiences that result in measurable outcomes such as: 

✔️ Making learning fun, meaningful and relevant.

✔️ Improving mental and physical health and wellbeing.

✔️ Reducing anxiety and stress.

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Your Time Is Too Valuable To Waste

Slash Planning Time By 80%... AND Create Better Experiences!

Outdoor Learning activities let you teach, empower, and further the curriculum.

However, unless you understand how Outdoor Learning and nature-based practice fit into your job as a whole, chances are you’ll find them difficult to apply in a practical setting.

To deliver great outdoor experiences that further the curriculum or enhance your therapeutic practice you may have to overcome several challenges…

➡️ Your urban setting is devoid of green space 

➡️ You lack time... because, let's face it, in addition to teaching, your day job requires you to record WOW moments, SALT referrals, EAL and Seesaw updates

➡️ You need to overcome practicalities, such as ensuring groups in your care arrive dressed for inclement British weather

➡️ Beyond that, what if you have 20+ children in your care? You worry you lack staff
Even if you have outdoor activities in your toolkit, you may not think you have the time, bandwidth, or resources to turn your nature-based learning ideas into a reality.

It’s why I created…

The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning 

Unlike our Forest School Activities Online Training, which centres mainly on ‘how to’s’ with a little bit of the ‘why’...

In the Advanced Certificate, we take a deep dive deep dive into the models, methods, worldviews and values that underpin teaching and working in nature.

Whether you’re new or a seasoned practitioner, it will save you countless hours, and let you execute on your ideas with greater confidence and speed.

See How Easy It Is To Get Off To A Fast Start…

Why waste hours preparing, or go through years of trial and error, 

when everything you need is all laid out for you?

See for yourself the benefits of The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning

As an Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning student, you'll get:

✔️ 8 seasonal video training modules with 12 hours of instruction and 120 seasonal training lessons (£380)

✔️ 16 video masterclasses (£520)

✔️ 48 Session plan ideas for Early Years and Primary, with 12 session plan ideas per season (£480)

✔️ Risk Benefit Assessments for all activities, how-to guides, and additional downloadable resources. (£80)

✔️ Unpublished resources from our book ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’ (£10)

However, enrol with us this January and you’ll receive instant access to all of the training for just £475 + vat (68% off)

Reduced from £1470 +vat).

Plus, when you purchase the Advanced Certificate, you will get instant access to the following Bonuses
(Retail for £355):

✔️ Lifetime access to the 'Using Tools' & 'Fire & Pedagogy' modules from our Forest School Activities Online Training 

✔️ Primary Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources (16 PDFs)

✔️ Early Years Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources (8 PDFs)

✔️ 6 Spring Themed Early Years Sessions idea plans with EYS Links 

✔️ A mini online training course: 'Routines and Boundaries in the Outdoors'

✔️ ​Ebook - 5 Surprising Facts About Outdoor Learning Every Teacher Should Know

✔️ Exclusive: ​2 Live Q & A Webinars with Marina Robb 

This all-encompassing outdoor learning and nature-based training course builds the context and makes the practical activities you've learnt so far easier to apply in real-life settings.  

Includes lifetime access to all content and training materials.

Here's a summary of everything included in this course

As an Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning student, you get lifetime access to all the content:
You can download a complete list of the lessons here:

120 Step by step instructional videos bringing 

practical activities to life

Video activity lessons
My videos walk you through the process of putting together outdoor activities, season by season. At the same time, they broaden your skills and understanding of outdoor learning and outdoor teaching.
Better still, they aid knowledge retention, as you can watch them over and over.

16 video masterclasses & 2 live webinars with Q&As

(recordings will be made available if you can't watch live)
The pre-recorded masterclasses provide an immersive experience and allow you to discover how a robust nature pedagogy can support learning, behaviour and physical and emotional wellbeing, and most importantly, a deeper relationship with the natural world.
At the same time, our masterclasses ground your knowledge by allowing you the opportunity to ask questions and connect with like-minded people wherever you are.

48 session plan idea sheets

session plans
Help you develop your new skills, take control of your schedule and track your progress.

Plans can be adapted for all ages and cover a range of topics including seasonal, generic and curriculum linked themes.

The picture shows what one session plan includes.

Session Plans are organised into seasonal activities and by age groups, although most are adaptable for different key stages:

Weather & Climate, Spring Bulbs & Plants, Eggs & Natural Cycles, Fire & Food, Trees, Magic Toy & Stanley Stick, Bees and Living things and their habitats, Plant-based Activities, Birds, butterflies and beetles, Animals and Bows and Arrows, Birds and Nests, Butterflies and Life Cycles, Dandelions, Journey of a Worm, Sensory Summer Treasures, Summer Leaves, Autumn Foraging and Plant Treasures, Autumn Magic, Autumn Leaves, Autumn Let's Celebrate, Mighty Trees, Autumn Animals, Celebrating Winter, Light and Dark, Wise Winter Owls, Winter Plants, Winter Weather, Wonderful Winter.
PLUS, 6 sessions on the following topics: The Middle Ages, American Road Trip, Explorers & Adventurers & Survival, 

Helpful downloadable resources

pdf guides
'How to' guides, safety guides, best practice guides and lots, lots more.

Make sure you'll always have backup information at your fingertips.

Risk benefit assessments for all activities

Ensure you keep groups in your care safe while giving them the opportunity to enjoy the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor experiences.
Risk benefit assessments
So that by the time you've completed this course, you'll be able to overcome all the obstacles that prevent you from taking outdoors groups of people in your care.
Better still, you'll save hours of your time trying to work out how to do it on your own.
Whether you're planning to take children or therapeutic clients outdoors, the Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning will get you to where you want to be.

The Advanced Certificate Course ALSO Shows You:

  • The secrets to working with any and all available resources (Not every site offers great diversity. Discover how to make the most of what you have while saving time and money!)

  • Simple yet highly effective ways to link activities to the curriculum (Bring your outdoor learning sessions to life, and improve learning outcomes for all students!)

  • How seasonal session ideas can help you solve real-life obstacles (Uncover key concepts behind nature connection techniques, and watch your confidence quickly grow!)

  • Key insights for how to develop your role as a practitioner (Create a safe space for the people in your care to discover their strengths and aptitudes)

  • How to work with the green space you have in any season (Each season brings something unique to outdoor experiences. Here’s how to have this reflected in your practice)

  • Step-by-step instructional videos bringing practical activities to life (Watch as I show you how to put together the most relevant and impactful outdoor activities, season by season)

  • How to support learning, behaviour, and physical and mental wellbeing (With access to 16 video masterclasses, each delving deeper into the role of a robust nature pedagogy)

  • Additional safety training not seen anywhere else (Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you’ve prepared to highest of safety standards)

  • A never-before-seen short course entitled: 'Forest School Routines and Boundaries' (Revealing the importance of routines in nature, especially among younger children!)

  • The core principles of an effective Forest School Practice (Includes a ‘what’s working now’ current lens into the most up-to-date wisdom of this approach)

  • A simple way to build connection to a season and create solidarity among groups (Seasonal differences offer many meaningful ways to make learning fun!)

  • How to use sense meditations to settle your group more quickly (Enhance the feeling of safety, and relax into the natural space)

  • The 50-50 principle for greater ease and flexibility when planning (Some of the best opportunities for growth arise from the unexpected!)

  • How to communicate to key people the potential of learning outdoors (And get decision makers like parents or your head master on board with your plans)

  • What science tells us about the benefits of nature for learning and child development (Even a walk in a park or forest is influenced by our early childhood’s exposure to trees…we’ll discuss many more examples like this!)

  • How to write risk benefit assessments to a high standard of proficiency (This training guides you through the thinking process linked to various outdoor learning activities)

  • The fundamentals of Green Care and Nature-based Practice (Health is interlinked with access to green spaces. In this masterclass, we’ll uncover how to apply these principles in a practical setting)

  • How impacts from the elements on our senses soothe us, or increase our energy (Understand the effects of the sky, rain, wind, colours, etc, and how these help meet our needs)

  • The key to understanding what people are “telling you” by the way they act (We’ll explore the link between mental health and behaviour to help you better “read” your students)

  • How to develop core nature connection routines (These help bring you and the student into a new relationship with the living world)

  • How outdoor learning benefits mental health and wellbeing (What research tells us about time spent in nature, and why it’s so restorative)

  • Little-known ways in which nature stimulates sensory development and integration (We’re constantly in conversation with our surroundings, some of which is soothing and some of which can leave us stressed!)

  • Practical solutions for learning in urban or wilder environments (How to make the most out of any outdoor space and not let perceived limitations stop you from implementing your vision)

  • And much, much more!

That’s just a taste of what you can expect when you join the Advanced Certificate training.

This comprehensive outdoor learning course builds the context, and makes the practical activities you've learnt far easier to apply in real-life settings.  

✔️ You'll know precisely how Outdoor Learning and Nature Pedagogies complement other forms of education and therapeutic care.

✔️ You'll have a framework to plan and deliver progressive and sustainable outdoor experiences.

✔️ And you’ll be able to easily embed them into the curriculum or your therapeutic practice.

Testimonials for The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Tina Stubbs

Author & Founder of Life's Little Bugs, Berkshire, UK

Majella McBride

Lecturer, Department of Early Education and Social Studies, Atlantic Technological University, Donegal, Ireland

Jenny Flude

Forest School Leader, Northamptonshire

Heather McHugh

Nature Matters Forest School, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Claire Brady

Senior Project Officer, The Conservation Volunteers, Glasgow, Scotland

Patricia Quigley

Forest School Leader & Early Years Educator, Co Kerry, Ireland

Whom you learn from matters

Meet Marina Robb

Meet Marina Robb

Marina Robb (BSc; PGCE; MA; MSc; Author) is the 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 has more than 30 years of experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. In addition, Marina is the co-author of The Essential Guide to Forest School & Nature Pedagogy and Learning with Nature.

When you learn from an author and outdoor practitioner with 30+ years of experience, you learn from someone who has gained wisdom through practice.
And can refer to results that back up everything they teach.
As a result, you'll know how to connect the dots of the various activities you learn.
You'll be able to grasp the concepts better.
You'll see how they plan and organise activities.
Consequently, you'll achieve tangible results from your training materials.

Unlike our CPD courses and Forest School Training, The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning takes a deep dive into the models, methods, worldviews and values that underpin teaching and working in nature.
So that by the time you complete the course, you'll know precisely how Outdoor Learning and Nature Pedagogies both complement other progressive forms of education and therapeutic care.
And you'll have a framework upon which you'll be able to plan and deliver progressive and sustainable outdoor experiences. 
Moreover, how to embed them into the curriculum or therapeutic practice.

I'll lead you through the seasons and explain:

The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning
✔️ The concepts behind outdoor learning and nature connection techniques
✔️ How seasonal nature-based session ideas can help you solve real-life obstacles
✔️ How to increase your confidence delivering outdoor learning and nature-based practice

This all-encompassing course teaches you everything you need to know about delivering outdoor experiences across the ages.

This course bundle comes with lifetime access to the following products and bonuses:

Modules 1 & 2 Early Spring & Late Spring
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 1 & 2: Spring

Modules 3 & 4 Early Summer & Late Summer
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 3 & 4: Summer

Modules 5 & 6: Autumn
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 5 & 6: Autumn

Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning Modules 7 & 8  Early Winter & Late Winter
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 7 & 8: Winter

Forest School Activities Online Training Module 1: Fire & Pedagogy
Forest School Activities Online Training

Module 1: Fire & Pedagogy

Module 6: Using Tools
Forest School Activities Online Training

Module 6: Using Tools

Routines & Boundaries in the Outdoors
Routines & Boundaries in the Outdoors

Online Course

Live Webinars
2 Live Q&A Webinars with Marina Robb

Early Years Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
Early Years Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
Primary Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
Primary Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
fast start kit
Outdoor Learning Fast Start Kit

Spring Themed Pack of Session Plans & Ideas for the Early Years
Spring Themed Pack of Session Plans & Ideas for the Early Years

5 Surprising Facts eBook
5 Surprising Facts eBook

How to work with your place and the season

Each day and each season brings something unique to outdoor experiences.

You'll learn how to build your group's kinship with nature. And how seasons reflect your practice.
nature centric models

You’ll learn how to develop your role as a practitioner

In addition to learning how to plan and deliver outdoor activities, you'll learn:
Nature-centric models
Why they work
Then, you'll learn how to create a safe and healthy space for the people in your care to discover their strengths and aptitudes. 
Beyond that, you'll learn how to use your knowledge to direct their learning.

Know that your course is available on all devices

available on all devices
The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning training course is mobile friendly and available on all devices. 

If you have an iPhone, you can download the 'Teachable' app from the Apple Store and download the videos onto your phone.

Your satisfaction guaranteed

If you are not happy with the course, you can contact us with an explanation and claim a full refund within 30 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

If you are paying in 8 monthly instalments, you will get access to 1 new module each month starting with 'Module 1: Early Spring'. You will also get immediate access to all the extra bonus content.

If you are paying in full, you will get access to all 8 modules and all bonus materials as soon as your purchase is complete.

How long do I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course! Unlimited access to the lessons and videos for as long as you like, across all your devices.

Is my tutor qualified?

Yes, Marina Robb is an author and UK Forest School Association Endorsed Trainer and has been training Forest School Leaders since 2011. She has been working with groups in nature since 1995 and you can read more here.

Our organisation can’t pay using a credit or debit card – can we still buy the course?

Yes, we understand that many schools and other organisations can’t pay by card – contact us and we can send you an invoice to pay us by bank transfer in UK Sterling, Euros or Dollars. We can also accept cheques from UK bank accounts.

Can I access the course on my mobile?

Yes, the course can be accessed on all devices. If you have an iPhone, you can also download the free ‘Teachable’ app from the Apple Store and complete the course using the app, downloading any videos you like onto your device.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If for some reason you are not happy with the course, contact us in writing within your first 30 days for a full refund. You will need to include an explanation of why you want the refund.

Does this course qualify me to run Forest School sessions?

This course is not a qualification but is Certified by The Outdoor Teacher and based on Marina's experience and expertise in this field.

All practitioners in the UK need to follow health and safety law, which requires us to provide risk assessments and be competent to deliver activities. Teachers for example are already qualified already to take their practice outdoors but are likely to need a course like ours to get the practical skills in place.

The Level 3 Forest School training and Forest School programmes (long term) are an educational approach and the training is excellent. If you intend to offer long-term forest school programmes, then I would recommend you doing the qualification.

We have a page about Outdoor Learning Myths and a recent webinar where these issues are addressed: 

How is this course different from the Level 3 Training?

It combines best practice from Outdoor Learning and the Forest School approach. This new training resource does not give you a formal qualification in Forest School Leadership.

It has been designed at the same standard and beyond as a Level 3, by Marina Robb, an endorsed Forest School Association Trainer with 30 years experience. The course aims to enable and equip people with the practical delivery of Forest School-based activities to a high competency, linking to potential learning outcomes, with all the correct health and safety and pedagogy weaved through the course.  

There is no requirement to have a Forest School Qualification to take children out of doors to learn and play. As a teacher or practitioner, you are legally obliged to have risk assessments in place and insurance relevant to practice offered. 

We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a playground or park?  

Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland, park or school playground - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.  

We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards and playgrounds.  

It does take more preparation and consideration of equipment. If you wanted to make fires, you would either designate a small green area of the playground for this purpose or use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground. We have also taken many groups on short walks throughout the seasons to gather some plants for many activities.  

Posts can be put up to replace trees, so that children can still set up various rope bridges or constructions and with a little thinking you can easily set up a rope swing and tarpaulin shelters.

In schools we often ask parents to contribute a log for our wood pile and ask for help to bring in useful materials we may need over the year.

How many hours is the course? 

This is a self-paced course so you work in your own time from pre-recorded materials and videos with 2 additional live webinars. The course is organised into the seasons so designed to be worked though over the calendar year.
We estimate that it will take a minimum of 36 hours to complete the course but you will also need to factor in time to practice the activities on top of this. 

Can I share my course with my colleagues?

No - the license is granted for 1 user to view the contents of the course. This access must not be shared with any other person and only the named user will receive the certificate.

See next question for bulk licencing queries.

Can we purchase multiple licenses for our staff team?

Yes, please contact us for bulk purchasing discounts. We can set up the user accounts for you and send you access codes and you can pay by invoice.

My school has agreed to pay for this course. What if it cannot meet your payment deadline?

If your school is buying this course on your behalf and you’re worried that your school’s administrative processes might result in you missing the enrolment deadline, get in touch with us as soon as possible. 

We can arrange to send an invoice to your school. As long as you request an invoice within the five day enrolment period, you will be able to enrol.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd.

How can we contact you if we have a question?

Yes feel free to call or email us with any questions - our contact details are on the contact page.

Our commitment to Nature & People: 

The Outdoor Teacher, alongside its sister organization Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC aim to transform health, education and family through nature.

We are whole-heartedly concerned about the safeguarding of future generations, human and non-human alike, and the growing understanding of reciprocity between humans and nature. Whilst we are advocates for all people accessing nature and its benefits, we know that this is only healthy if we prioritise the care for the natural world and address issues of equality.

The Outdoor Teacher is working towards becoming a certified B-Corp. Certified B Corps are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We aim to be part of this community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

We are using Monzo Business Banking which is listed as an ethical bank: