Forest School Activities Online Training
Module 7: Wild Food & Foraging
Foraging For Everyone
Foraging wild food from our hedgerows is something that everyone can do and we want you to be able to educate children and young people to know where things come from.
You will learn to identify ‘green light plants’ so that you can gather wild food with your groups and make syrups, teas, pancakes and balms from common hedgerow berries, elderflowers, nettles, cleavers and plantain.
As our plant awareness grows, we can learn how plants can help us look after ourselves and what natural medicine or nutrients those plants can provide for us.
What makes the Forest School Activities Training Course so important
Today more people understand the necessity for outdoor learning.
Moreover, the importance of securing nature’s future.
Sir David Attenborough said: "No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced."
We know working with nature is the best solution for climate change...
What’s more, Covid 19 has taught us that immersion in nature positively benefits children’s and adults' health, mental health and wellbeing.
Which is why now more than ever, it’s vital to show people of all ages how to engage with nature.
"Spearheading the transformation of education and health through nature"
This video-based online learning course gives you everything you need to run engaging outdoor sessions…
From acquiring the skills … to mastering the techniques … to health and safety risk assessments …
Remember, this extensive nature-based training programme comes from my 30 years of experience teaching Forest School to outdoor practitioners and teachers like you, in face-to-face settings … and now online.
I understand the barriers you face: namely space, time and cost.
This comprehensive training will equip you with the outdoor learning knowledge and skills you need to overcome perceived barriers and take your classroom outdoors.
You’ll get clear guidance … on how to run engaging activities for early years, primary and secondary children.
You’ll get practical tips on … conducting risk and benefit assessments.. and much more.
You’ll get lifetime access to my highly visual training videos that let you see and hear in detail the outdoor activities taught. You can replay the videos as many times as needed.
So that by the time you complete the Forest School Activities Online Training Course
You’ll have all the information you need to plan engaging outdoor sessions…
Take a look at some of the activities you’ll learn
This is my favourite recipe using nettles – nettle pakoras! We have managed to get thousands of children and young people to eat nettle pakoras, who agree with us that it’s pretty good! At each stage of this process, you can get the young people involved.
This wonderful berry is really supportive of your immunity. It’s also important source of food for the birds! It is especially high in Vitamin C and has A, B6 having an anti-viral effect. It doesn’t taste so good raw and is mildly toxic (!) before cooking, but is delicious as syrup. We do not recommend eating elderberry raw as they can cause stomach aches, diarrhoea and vomiting. It’s autumn time and in the hedgerows, the berries are hanging from the trees. For a syrup, you can use a variety of safe berries e.g elderberries, blackberries and hawthorn berries. You will need a saucepan, sugar/honey, water, fork, knife, labels & pens, cinnamon, sieve, water and bottles for your syrup! The general rule, is whatever the quantity of berry, you add half the amount of water.
Here I am going to show you how to make a balm or salve using a common plant called plantain (Plantago major or minor) which can be easily found in rural and urban areas (broadleaved plantain or ribwort plantain). Once again we are going through the principles of making a ‘balm’ which you can then use with other plants that may have different medicinal properties.
So, whether you’re a teacher who wants to embed outdoor learning into the curriculum or an outdoor practitioner looking to refresh your skills and gain inspiration…
The Forest School Activities Online Training Course can get you to where you want to be…
What do other people say about the course?
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!"
NHS Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
"I believe that being outdoors and exposed to the natural world has a fundamental positive impact on a person's good health and wellbeing. I've always enjoyed foraging and this course, which is delivered in a really accessible way, has rekindled that enthusiasm. I've discovered new ways to use plants and new recipes. I can't wait to try them out!"
Educational Consultant and Director of Whoosh Learning
"WOW! All of the films provided clear step by step instructions to ensure that practitioners feel confident with the stages of making with consideration given to health and safety, allergies and medical awareness, plant ID and how to adapt using different resources. I loved this module and can't wait to head outside and try some Nettle Pakoras. This has really given me 'food for thought' and made me feel so excited about the different ways to involve children with every element from gathering, plant identification, preparing, cooking and then considering how to show gratitude and give back to nature. Thank you Marina - another wonderful module."
- Welcome to the Wild Plants & Foraging Module (3:28)
- Gathering Resources from our Hedgerows (7:57)
- Making Wild Tea with Green Light Plants (4:55)
- Nettle Crisps (1:55)
- Eating Fresh Nettles and Frying Them (2:26)
- Nettle Pakoras (5:03)
- Cleaver Juice - A Spring Tonic (3:32)
- Elderflower Pancakes (2:37)
- Elderberry Syrup (12:36)
- Hawthorn Leather (14:16)
- Plantain Balm (13:25)
- Rosehip Syrup (9:37)
- Wild Plants and Foraging Reflection
- Course Feedback
What's Included in Module 7?
✔️ 12 video lessons full of ideas and activities for anyone who wants to make food, drinks or ointments from commonly found plants.
✔️ Lessons include step by step instructions on a range of activities including making balms, syrups, teas and pancakes using nettles, hedgerow berries, cleavers and plantain.
Plus downloadable resources:
✔️ Risk and Benefit Assessment
✔️ Guide to Greenlight Plants
What will you learn?
✔️ Connect participants to their local environment working with a diverse range of plants
✔️ Forage wild plants safely and wisely. This can be adapted to your own bioregion
✔️ Understand the importance of flora identification and increase pattern awareness
✔️ Know how to facilitate a range of wild food activities for you group
Who provides the Forest School Outdoors Activities training?
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.
Complete the full course and you’ll qualify for Forest School Liability Insurance
Birnbeck Insurance is the UK's leading provider of specialist liability insurance for Forest School and Outdoor Learning Practitioners. As such, the firm has approved our Forest School Activities Online Training Course, which means when you complete your training, you’ll be eligible for their Forest School Liability Insurance.
Contact Birnbeck for a quote
If you are not happy with the course, you can contact us with an explanation and claim a full refund within 30 days.
Know that your course is available on all devices
The Forest School Activities Online Training Course is 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.
Forest School Activities Online Training - All 8 Modules
Over 100 step by step videos & resources - this training will give you a huge tool kit full of activities
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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 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 even 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.
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.
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 and be able to answer the assessments. 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.
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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