What's included in the Family Outdoor Activities Online Course?
- Lifetime access to all 4 modules.
- Professionally developed, educational, detailed safe, sustainable practices and fun.
- 36 Video lessons covering tried and tested activities and games that are a fun way of learning through nature.
- Activities and games that are suitable for all ages from the very young to teenagers
- 16 downloadable resources including Risk and Benefit Assessments for each module, Food Safety in the Outdoors, Outdoor Cooking Recipes, Safety Guide to Swings, Guides to Greenlight Plants, Best Wood for Crafting and lots more.
- You will be awarded a 'Certificate of Completion' issued by The Outdoor Teacher for each module
Testimonials for the Family Outdoor Activities Online Course
Parent & Beaver Scouts Leader
"I’ve learnt lots and it’s given me more confidence. This is a brilliant, timely and easy resource for parents who want to do more outside with their children but don’t know how or lack the confidence."
Parent & Blogger
"This course contains lots of helpful advice about safely building, lighting and putting out fires. I particularly enjoyed learning the tips for gathering firewood, and how to put out a fire without a trace. Thanks to the expert guidance, I feel more confident about safely enjoying this activity with my kids."
Home Educator & Parent
"Marina's skill and experience as an outdoor educator and practitioner combined with clear easy to follow videos are a fun and inspiring resource for anyone who lives or works with children"
The Family Outdoor Activities Online Course includes 4 modules:
Module 1: Making a Fire
Show your children how to gather firewood and safely set up your fire site, teaching them how to light the fire with cotton wool and a fire steel. You will learn how to safely extinguish your fire and to leave no trace.
Module 2: Campfire Cooking
Cooking on a fire is a great activity for the whole family. Whether you are in your garden or at a campsite, learn how to safely cook our favourite family campfire recipes as well as fun snacks like popcorn in a sieve over the flames.
Module 3: Tool Skills
Teach your children to use knives and tools safely for crafting activities, and build trust and independence. Discover which are the best woods to use and make your own charcoal pencil from an elder branch.
Module 4: Crafting with Nature
Spend time outdoors, crafting as a family with natural materials. Be environmentally aware, learn together and have fun all at the same time! A one-stop online course for crafting with natural materials.
Sample Lessons from the Family Outdoor Activities Online Course
Fairy Cakes in a Biscuit Tin Using a Fire Bowl
In this video we will show you how to bake cakes on a fire. This can be done with a Dutch Oven but if you don't have one we'll show you how to do it with a metal biscuit tin instead!
Leaf Bashing & Natural Paints
This video looks at some simple ideas that we can use to make natural paints and crafts. Depending on the season and the research you might like to do, it’s incredible how much colour can come from the natural world, from near and afar!
Using Fire Steels
Whilst matches or lighters can be very useful, children love the challenge of lighting a fire with a fire steel. The Making a Fire course covers all aspects of fire making from the gathering of the wood to leaving no trace and different options of ideas for fire steels.
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.
If you are not happy with the course you can contact us with an explanation for a full refund within 30 days.
Family Outdoor Activities: Module 1: Making a Fire
Learn to safely make fire as a family and have fun trying out your fire steel to make a fire with cotton wool
Family Outdoor Activities Module 3: Tool Skills
Teach your children to use knives and tools safely for crafting activities, building trust and independence
Testimonials for the Family Outdoor Activities Online Course
Parent and Early Years Practitioner
"Excellent and very informative course. The safety around using tools is explained in great detail which made me as a parent more confident in introducing tools to my 3 year old. Videos are very easy to understand and enjoyable and have given me so much enthusiasm for making the most of being outdoors. I would recommend this course to any parents."
Paediatric & Family Hypnotherapist & Parent
“I found the content and videos very accessible, fun to watch and try out, and Marina inspires me to want to get outdoors and build a fire! Easy to follow instructions, with really helpful visual demonstrations that support the written information beautifully, with bite-sized chunks which don’t overwhelm or patronise!”
Parent & Home Educator
"Marina is the most wonderful instructor, she balances explaining the risks of forest crafts, as well as the opportunities for transdisciplinary learning with incredible insight and passion. The simplicity of instruction and the open narrative that is left by the videos has already empowered me to try new activities when in the woodland with our son."
Available on all Devices
Our courses are mobile friendly and available on all types of devices. If you have an iPhone you can download the 'Teachable' app from the Apple Store and download the videos onto your phone.
When does the course start?
The course starts as soon as you register. You work at your own pace and you will receive a certificate when you 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 instructor qualified?
Yes, Marina Robb is a parent of 3 children and a 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.
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.
We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a garden, playground or park?
Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland or park or have an outside space or garden - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.
These are also great activities to do on a family camping holiday and maybe your campsite will allow fires or you may need to use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground.
We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards, playgrounds and parks.
You will need permission to build a fire if you are not on your own property.
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.
Can I share my course with my colleagues or friends?
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 and be able to answer the assessments.
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.
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd. You can view a sample certificate HERE
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.
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