About Forest School

Forest kindergartens in Europe have been widely studied and proven to strongly support students’ academic, physical, social and emotional development. At WNCFS, we work to develop 21st-century thinking skills in our students- skills such as creativity, resilience, perseverance, and thinking outside the box. Each day in the fields and forest, children perform fun, inspiring, challenge-oriented tasks as they gain invaluable individual/group education and connections that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.



Children have the freedom to explore, play, build, create, imagine, and use their senses to experience the outdoor environment and engage with one another. Our sessions are carefully planned and led by trained forest school practitioners. In the sessions, children can sing around a fire, learn to use and make tools, build dens, dig in the mud, identify bugs with magnifying glasses or retreat to their teepee for reading and writing.

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Taking turns pond-dipping


Wakelin McNeel and H.L. Rusell originally developed forest school concept in 1927. The aim of this program was to improve literacy and logical mathematical intelligence of children in American schools. Later in the 1950’s the idea was introduced in Sweden, Denmark and other countries of Europe. Forest school is currently taking place in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, UK, Sweden and Denmark as an embedded part of the curriculum for preschool children.