Children enjoyed over 60,000 days of learning in the New Forest last year thanks to members of the New Forest Educators’ Forum. Forum members care about the Forest and deliver a wide range of activities, linked to the National Curriculum, allowing schools and groups to take advantage of the rich variety of learning opportunities presented by the Forest.
The new, 2015 National Curriculum expects pupils to use their local environment as part of their learning in citizenship, design and technology, geography, history and science, from Early Years to GCSE. The New Forest contains beautiful, protected landscapes, has a fascinating history and rich cultural heritage and is a world capital for wildlife, making it a perfect curriculum centrepiece for schools based in and around the New Forest. Almost any subject can be taught in the Forest, not just those mentioned here.
If you want to find out more about using the New Forest with your class or group, check out the map of education providers. There are a wide range of bookable activities, self-led resources and practical information available if you follow the links.
If you are an educator based in or around the Forest and are interested in becoming a member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The educators’ forum is coordinated by the education team at the National Park Authority. Members meet twice a year to discuss new projects, share ideas and seek opportunities for collaboration.