Forest School Pilot Project

Forest School Pilot Project

October 2015

Throughout the month of October we hosted a big bunch of enthusiastic kids for Marion’s Pilot Forest School Program.  This is to complete Marion’s certification as a Forest School Trainer.

Interest in the pilot program was strong and we were full to the brim with kids eager to learn and play in nature.  It was a joy for us all who took part to watch the kids open to the process and become more comfortable playing, learning and being in nature.  We noticed we had a few adult hangers on too, as the classes slipped by!

The kids learned about all sorts of stuff like:

  • shelter building
  • fire making
  • tree identification
  • wildlife watching and tracking
  • connecting with plants and trees
  • playing and sculpting with mud
  • playing with water
  • forest playground with low ropes, swings and climbing poles
  • blindfolded and animal mimikry games
  • camouflage and stalking

The program was such a great success and was enjoyed by all….and not just the kids!  Visit our Nature School page for our full program of kids and teens nature schooling in 2016.  We kick off in March 2016.

Mushroom Forage

Mushroom Forage

Wild Food Mary & Jack Roberts

What a joyous day we spent in the woods with Wild Food Mary and Jack Roberts foraging for mushrooms and wild food.

It was a very grounding and relaxing experience to be in the woods for most of the day learning from two local experts all about fungi.  We spent the day learning from these folk and then applying our new found knowledge as we embarked on what felt like a treasure hunt in nature.

Mary provided much local info about all the most edible fungi to be found.  Jack complimented this with additional local knowledge and deeper research into fungi and the roe of mycelium in the woods.

And the day culminated in a feast cooked by ourselves from all the goodies we had foraged that day!  Absolutely delicious and such a joy to eat food we found in the wilderness, and cooked together!

Remote Emergency Care

Remote Emergency Care

First Aid in the Wilderness

We had a great weekend participating in the Forest School First Aid training course given by Marie Lyons of Remote West First Aid Training. This was a full two days of Remote Emergency Care, and in that time Marie crammed a lot of information and lots of hands on learning into what is a very practical course.

Marie did a brilliant job, giving all of us the confidence that we can cope with most of the situations we could potentially experience as outdoor instructors. Marie was direct, energetic and passionate about our learning and managed to guide us all through the training with a high standard of professionalism, clarity and humour. It was a great benefit to be taught by a trainer with such broad experience, as it enables Marie to call upon many first hand experiences to illustrate the importance of the concepts and skills she is teaching. The complete professional…..and great craic too!

Catch Marie’s facebook page and check out her website at remotewestfirstaid.com

Thanks Marie from Crann Og and all the Forest School trainees!

Forest School Teacher Training

Forest School Teacher Training

Nature is Our Teacher

It was our great pleasure to host the first Forest School Teacher Training in the West of Ireland, by Huathe Forest Schooling.

Not only did we host the training course of July 8th to 12th, but our Marion was also on the course as she continued her certification to enable our very own Nature School here at Crann Og.  This will see a culmination in Marion’s training going back to her youth combining social pedagogy, natural living, bush craft and survival skills, and place based learning.

We are all very excited about starting up our Nature School in 2016, which will be prefaced by Marion’s pilot course in October 2015, which completes her certification process. We will all be involved and it promises to be a lot of fun!  Details of the pilot course coming soon!  Visit our Nature School page for all the updates and course dates.

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