Forest School Ireland

Forest School Ireland

Forest School programmes and training, originally trading as Earth Force Education.

For Adults

If you would like to hear about the next Forest School Leader Training please fill out this form or alternately you can check this website for updates. Due to COVID-19, all of our courses are suspended subject to government lifting of restrictions. We will announce our next Forest School Leader training as soon as possible. Thank you and stay well.

9 Day Course: ‘OCN Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders‘ with Circle of Life Training. This will prepare learners to learn practical skills and knowledge to work as a Forest School Leader. You must attend all nine days plus home study.
Part 1 (4 Days): 12th – 15th March, 2020.
Part 2 (2 Days): 25th & 26th, April, 2020.
Part 3 (3 days): 15th to 17th May, 2020.

For Children

Due to COVID19, all of our courses are suspended subject to government lifting of restrictions. We will announce our Summer and Autumn programmes as soon as we can. Thank you and stay well.
Newstalk podcast – Onsite Options For Kids Summer Camps During The Coming Months. 20th May 2020.

Click below for information about our Forest School After Schools programmes and Forest Skills Kids Camps.

School’s Scheme

Heritage in Schools Scheme: Part funded by An Taisce, Earth Force Education’s Ciara Hinksman is a Heritage Expert and can visit your Primary School through the Heritage In Schools scheme.
1 Day, 5 Day or 10 Day visits in Outdoor learning and Forest School, subject to availability.

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What is Forest School?

What makes Forest School programmes different to other types of outdoor learning? In short, we have six principles that guide us and help us understand what a Forest School programme looks like.

Adopted by the Irish Forest School Association, these principles are based on the UK model of Forest School learning that is promoted by the Forest School Association (

The Six Principles of Forest School as adopted by IFSA are:

  • Regular sessions – linked over time longterm programmes.
  • Woodland setting – developing the learner’s relationship to the natural world.
  • Community – we are all learners & co-creators of the sessions.
  • Holistic Development – the whole child develops in their own unique way.
  • Opportunity to take risks – children are supported to assess & take appropriate risk, to feel safe to learn by experience.
  • Qualified practitioners – we are certified Forest School Leaders. As reflective practitioners we develop our skills & knowledge.
About Us

Ciara Hinksman

Founder and Owner
Forest School Ireland, originally trading as Earth Force Education

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