Course Descriptions

  • All courses are conducted over Zoom with LIVE instructors and REAL-TIME interactions with a cohort of new friends from around the world.
  • Content follows the constructivist and emergent curriculum philosophy -- i.e. digging in the mud.
  • Our courses are customized to meet the needs of individual participants. Each participants receives one-on-one consults as part of the scheduled sessions.

We believe to create community,

you must first experience community.  

Introduction to Forest School 

3 LIVE ZOOM sessions

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET


For those who want to learn more about this global movement, the principles that define it, and the benefits it provides.

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Upcoming 2022-23 Dates:   

  • January 9-11, 2023
  • February 20-22, 2023
  • March 13-15, 2023
  • April 24-26, 2023
  • May 29-31, 2023
  • July 24-26, 2023
  • September 4-6, 2023

Session Content:

Session content will include live discussions, interactive presentations, and virtual forest school visits.  

Session Topics:

Foundational Principles and Key Features of Forest School                              

Benefits towards the Social, Emotional, Cognitive, Spiritual, and Physical Development of the Child

Naturalist Studies: Engaging with Nature through a Child’s Eyes

Prerequisites:

No prerequisites are required for this  introductory level course. It is open to anyone. It serves as a prerequisite to all other Forest School Teacher Institute courses. 

 Introduction to Forest School Certificate of Completion after 4.5 hours of online work and an additional 1.5 hours of work offline. (Six TOTAL Hours)

Fee:  $75 if paid in full before December 31, 2022. New rates starting in January 2023 will be $95 for this course. 

Note: 10% discount for groups of 2 or more colleagues.

Questions?   Contact us at [email protected]

Forest School Teacher Training

9 LIVE ZOOM Weekday Sessions

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET


For those who want to deepen their  understanding of child development and hone their teaching skills in nature.

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Upcoming 2022 - 2023 Dates:   

  • December 5 - 9 and December 12 - 16, 2022
  • January 16-20 and January 23-27, 2023
  • February 27-March 3 and March 6-10, 2023
  • March 28-30 LIVE, IN-PERSON teacher certification training in Jonesborough, Tennessee with the option of college credit from East Tennessee State University.  (In-person only, no online version.) To attend this event, please CLICK HERE for details, pricing, and registration form 
  • May 1-5 and May 8-12, 2023
  • June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2023
  • June 18 - July 7 LIVE, IN-PERSON teacher certification training in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (In-person only, no online version.)
  • July 31-August 4 and August 7-11, 2023
  • September 18-22 and September 25-29, 2023

NOTE: Nightly online sessions happen on weeknights only. We do not have required meetings on Saturday or Sunday. There will also be a 30-minute consultation session scheduled with you at a time of your choosing at the end of the course. In-person events are held at specific sites and will take place over three consecutive days, including two evening sessions. 

Session Content:

Session content will include live discussions, interactive presentations, and virtual forest school visits.  

Session Topics:

Flow Learning in Forest School

Forest School Observation and Assessment Strategies 

Developing Rituals, Schedules, and Mindfulness

Integrating Cultural Themes and Activities 

Naturalist Studies

Developing Emergent Learning Frameworks Preschool - 3rd Grade

Developing Emergent Learning Frameworks Grades 4 - 8

Lab: Nature Journaling 

Seminar: Course Synthesis Presentations

Prerequisite:

Introduction to Forest School 

Participant Receives: 

Forest School Teacher Certification upon completion of 14.5 hours of online course work and consultations. Additional course work offline includes reading assignments and course projects. (30 TOTAL hours) 

Fee:  $395 if paid in full before December 31, 2022. New rates beginning January 1, 2023 will be $495. 

 

Note: 10% discount for groups of 2 or more colleagues.

Questions?   Contact us at [email protected]

Forest School Director Training

9 LIVE ZOOM sessions

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Sessions meet ONLY on weeknights. No Saturday or Sunday required meetings.


For those who serve or plan to serve as school leaders, heads of schools, school founders, and/or curriculum directors.

Click here to download Enrollment Form

Upcoming 2022 Dates (2023 Dates Coming Soon!):   

  • December 26 - 30, 2022 and January 2- 7, 2023
  • February 6-10 and February 13-17, 2023
  • April 10-14 and April 17-21, 2023
  • May 15-19 and May 22-26, 2023
  • July 10-14 and July 17-21, 2023
  • August 21-25 and August 28 - September 1, 2023

NOTE: Nightly sessions happen on weeknights only. We do not have required meetings on Saturday or Sunday. There will also be a 30-minute consultation session scheduled with you at a time of your choosing at the end of the course. 

Session Content:

Session content will include live discussions, interactive presentations, and virtual forest school visits.  

Session Topics:

Site Development and Assessment I

Site Development and Assessment II

Developing Forest School Culture and Identity

Staff Development and Budget

Marketing

Building Community Partnerships

Providing for Children with Special Learning Rights

Course Synthesis: Proposal Presentations

Seminar: Global Forest School Movement

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Forest School

Teaching in a Forest School 

Participant Receives: 

Forest School Director Certification upon completion of 14.5 hours of online course work and consultations. Additional course work offline includes reading assignments and course projects. (30 TOTAL hours) 

Fee:  $395 if paid in full before December 31,2022. New rates starting in January 2023 will be $495 for this course.

Note: 10% discount for groups of 2 or more colleagues.

Questions?   Contact us at [email protected]