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In the words of our visitors
- I wanted to write and say a massive thank you Jack and Kate …for our simply wonderful Dartmoor Society visit that all our Members thoroughly enjoyed on Friday 14th March. Without exception, everyone had the highest praise for the content of the tour led by the very eloquent Dr Steaphan Hazell, the general organisation with teas, coffees, biscuits etc as well as the simply superb lunch. I am delighted to say that some of our members even visited the shop to partake with additional goodies which they could enjoy after they got home.
- Tanya Welch
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Into The Woods & Sharpham Explorers (Forest School)
Forest School is an internationally recognised, innovative approach to outdoor play and learning.
Children of all ages have the chance to spend time in local woodlands – learning through forest school activities delivered over several weeks about the natural environment, how to handle risks and to use their own initiative, and co-operate with others. Into the Woods is our Forest School program drawing on the natural learning environment of Sharpham and the training of the highly skilled and qualified Sharpham Outdoors Project team.
Children of all ages have the chance to spend time in local woodlands – learning through forest school activities about the natural environment, how to handle risks, to use their own initiative, and to co-operate with others.
Forest School activities are;
Into the Woods:
Into the Woods is our Forest School program drawing on the natural learning environment of Sharpham and the training of the highly skilled and qualified Sharpham Outdoors Project team.
Developed by our rangers Anna McNeill and Beth Coombes, Into the Woods uses the forest school approach to learning, with a strong emphasis on positive affirmation and setting students up to succeed while recognising the importance of learning by doing.
Weekend, 6 week forest school for 5-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds. Activities include wild food, fire lighting and bushcraft, making seasonal crafts and tool use, storytelling and nature discovery while learning about the landscape. The course will progress through 6 sessions with the final one including a treasure hunt and ceremony. Currently there are three 6 week ‘terms’ through the year Spring, Summer and Autumn. Please keep an eye out here and on the Trust’s calendar of events for updates or email to pre register your interest.
Spring and Summer Explorers offer children aged between 8 and 12 years the chance of exploring the diverse and rich Sharpham estate.
Activities usually run for a full week with the option of a night’s camp out for the bravest of explorers. For 2014 the summer explorers program included activities like;
- Rivers, Streams and Ponds
- Survival & Sustainability
- Nature's Stories
- Environmental Art
- Wild Plays
- Scrumptious Sharpham
- Web of Life/ Wildlife Detectives
Please keep an eye out here and on the Trust’s calendar of events for updates or email to pre-register your interest.
The Forest School approach, of child-led experiential learning, is ideally suited to families who are home educating their children. With this in mind, we have created a fortnightly session specifically for those families. Please get in touch to find out more.