Forest schools information

What are Forest School day camps?

In the spirit of Forest Schools, nature provides the inspiration and we provide the support, skills and tools for a range of activities exploring the wild side of nature that allow children to discover and create and help build confidence and self-esteem.

Children may be given the opportunity to observe knife and tool skills and fire lighting. These are pivotal elements of some of the events as children will be shown how to use knives responsibly and how to light and control a small camp fire and will be under close supervision at all times, when carrying out these activities.

The camps run from 10am – 3pm and cost £15 per child per day camp.

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If you would like to be kept informed of Forest School and similar activities, please email hawthorns@southampton.gov.uk


Who is it for?

We welcome children of all abilities between the ages of 4 – 10 years of age. Children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The day camps are fully inclusive.


Location

Green Lane Copse is a small area of enclosed woodland at the junction of Green Lane and Romsey Road in Maybush, Southampton (SO16 9RG). The Copse is an enclosed public open space next to Down to Earth Community Farm.

Sholing Valleys Study Centre is located on Station Road, Sholing, Southampton, SO19 8FP and is a purpose built community environment centre.


Staff

The day camps are Southampton City Council events led by Tony Hill – Play Development Officer and Ian Bailey – Hawthorns Education Officer.

To support the events we often have volunteers. Many of the volunteers are university students that are training for a career in teaching or environment management. All staff and volunteers are DBS checked.


Refreshments

Please bring a packed lunch suitable for an outdoor event. These will be kept in cool boxes. Drinking water will be provided. As part of the activities we may cook a snack over the campfire, please let us know of any dietary requirements on the booking form.


What to wear

The day camps are outdoors so please make sure your child is dressed for the weather and is wearing sturdy footwear. Some activities can be ‘grubby’ so older clothes may be preferable.


Toilets

Toilets are available at both sites. Children will be accompanied if they need to leave the woodland site.


Further details

For further information, please contact:

The Outdoor Learning Team
email: hawthorns@southampton.gov.uk

or you can contact the Centre by email: hawthorns@southampton.gov.uk or telephone 023 8067 1921. Staff are not always available to answer the telephone during the week and not at all at weekends, but if you leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For information about the café please call:- 07872 429 392