Education research

There is an increasing body of research demonstrating the positive benefits of Forest School on children, both in and out of the classroom.

Here are links to some of the more recent papers.

A marvellous opportunity for children to learn –
A participatory evaluation of Forest School in England & Wales

Recent research by Murray & O’Brien on behalf of the New Economics Foundation shows how forest school can help meet government targets as laid out under ‘Every Child Matters'(DfES 2004).

A critical review of research and literature exploring the relationship of the child
with the natural world

The latest research paper by Rowena Kenny of Bath Spa University.

Forest School Research – Ysgol Pentre 06/07
A recent study carried out by Lorna Jenner, freelance environmental education consultant and Ffion Hughes, Education Officer of the Forestry Commission Wales on behalf of Forest Research in Wales measured the beneficial effects of forest school with a group of children from Pentre School in N.Wales.
Finally, click here for a Summary of Forest School Research compiled by the Forest Education Initiative.