to enable children to become aware of and develop their connection with nature, through child- led learning, in a natural, nurturing environment.
Our aim is to provide an environment in which children feel happy to explore, discover, become inspired and follow their own ideas. A space where they can relax and take time to revisit, practice and persevere at an activity; building self-confidence and self-esteem.
We recognise that children are individuals, with their own needs and desires. We work on a high adult:child ratio of 1:5, which enables us to support children in safe risk-taking activities such as tree climbing, tool use, storytelling, fire-lighting.
There will always be a minimum of one Level 3 trained Forest School Leader on site, who also holds a Level 2 qualification in Expedition First Aid. All our leaders are DBS checked and have a wealth of experience in working outdoors with children.
...from guests staying at Wilderness Lodge, Sidlesham, W. Sussex:
We are 2 families with 4 children (aged between 6 and 12 years) who have just returned from 5 wonderful days in Chichester.
By far the most magical part of our trip was undoubtedly the whole day we spent with Judy in her amazing forest school - Green Caterpillar.
Having never experienced forest school before we weren’t sure what to expect. Judy immediately put us all at ease and was truly fabulous.
From the initial communication to plan our day she managed to menu plan and cater for our every need. Not to mention how thoughtful her activities were considering the mixed aged group of boys, girls and adults.
Judy provided all of the materials and equipment needed to make our day so much fun and without the children realising educational too.
Particular highlights from the day were cooking a delicious lunch on the camp fire, den making, Viking knitting, making bow and arrows and making friendship bracelets from raw materials.
We cannot recommend Green Caterpillar forest school highly enough!!
A massive thank you to Judy for giving us such a memorable experience.
...from St. Mary's C of E (Aided) Primary School, Pulborough:
Just to let you know Child A had an excellent day yesterday at Forest school. She came back into class with a huge smile on her face. She appeared refreshed and ready to learn. Nothing was phasing her.
I saw an instant improvement in her body language and her general self esteem.
...from a parent of pupil at St Mary's Primary School:
Thursday group is what my child focuses on from Monday morning, it truly is making his school time fair and rewarding, and for those children who struggle in the classroom, it reinforces we all shine at something and being academic is not everything, practical skills are also needed in the work place.
You should be very proud of what you're giving these children.
...from Elderflower Fields Festival:
Neil - "We met the Green Caterpillar team at Elderflower Fields. They had pitched at a magical spot in the woodland with logs set around a fire. My daughter was entranced while she took part in a number of different activities and learnt lots of fascinating things. One of her highlights was branding a disc of wood that the team helped her cut from a log but all the activities were lots of fun. There were plenty of staff to look after the children and everyone was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and gave good instructions"
...from Wilderness Festival Overnight Kids' Camps:
A mum: My son had the time of his life and wants to come back with friends. Thank you so much to you and your team, he says it was the best bit of his summer!
Tina - All 3 children aged between 4 - 10 yrs had such a good time today and want to go again! I hope you return to Wakehurst. Thank you all!!
Lorna - My grand daughter had a fabulous day with you. Thank you for planning such lovely activities and please come back to Wakehurst.
Carolyn - My 2 had SO much fun! Thanks to everyone who was involved!
Charlotte - My boy had SUCH AN AMAZING TIME! Loved it and is so proud of his pewter duck - Thank you!
Johanne - My two youngest came away after a day's activities so full of smiles... a wonderful team and a great mix of outdoor fun to be explored at each individual child's pace.. I arrived home with one asleep... perfect ... we will book again for the summer.