Forest School Activities Online Course

Module 7: Wild Food & Foraging

wild food and foraging online course

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 ointments 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's Included in the Wild Food and Foraging Online Course?


The Curriculum:

  • 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 creams, syrups, teas and pancakes using nettles, hedgerow berries, cleavers and plantain.


Downloadable Resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • Guide to Greenlight Plants

Each module includes an assessment and on completion you will be awarded a 'Certificate of Completion' issued by The Outdoor Teacher.

You may be interested in Module 1: Fire & Pedagogy as a great compliment to this module.

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Module 7: Wild Food and Foraging Sample Lessons

Nettle Pakoras

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.

Elderberry Syrup

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.

Plantain Cream

Here I am going to show you how to make a cream 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 ‘cream’ which you can then use with other plants that may have different medicinal properties.

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Forest Schools Activities Module 7: Wild Plants and Foraging

Discover the wonder of the fruits, plants and trees that our land offers. Here we get to know them in a safe and respectful way.

What's Included?

The Curriculum:

  • 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 creams, syrups, teas and pancakes using nettles, hedgerow berries, cleavers and plantain.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • Guide to Greenlight Plants


In this Module you will learn to:

  • 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

Testimonials for the Wild Plants and Foraging Online Course

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!"

Kathy Morris
Kathy Morris

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!"

Louise Hack
Louise Hack

Educational Consultant and Director of Whoosh Learning

"WOW! I chose this module after completing the 'cooking outdoors' unit. I gained further knowledge to support the previous module and particularly loved learning about the abundance of wild foods that are available to us from our hedgerows and how we can use them to make simple and delicious food, syrups and creams with young children. 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."

What Will You Learn?


  • To connect participants to their local environment working with a diverse range of plants
  • To forage wild plants safely and wisely. This can be adapted to your own bioregion
  • To understand the importance of flora identification and increase pattern awareness
  • To know how to facilitate a range of wild food activities for you group

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Buy Module 7: Wild Plants and Foraging Online Course

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Buy all 8 modules in our Forest School Activities Training Course and save 15%

£30

Forest Schools Activities Module 7: Wild Plants and Foraging

Discover the wonder of the fruits, plants and trees that our land offers. Here we get to know them in a safe and respectful way.

What's Included?

The Curriculum:

  • 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 creams, syrups, teas and pancakes using nettles, hedgerow berries, cleavers and plantain.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • Guide to Greenlight Plants


In this Module you will learn to:

  • 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
Marina Robb

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 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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      FAQs


      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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