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Forest School Australia

Introduction to International Forest School

Forest School Level 3

In response to numerous requests, Mindstretchers is excited to be able to offer the chance to gain a qualification/certification in forest school style programming in Australia in 2018. Join Kate Hookham, from Mindstretchers, and a team of Claire Warden's Australian Associate Trainers to complete a leadership qualification/certification in Forest School with additional for Australian culture and practice. This internationally recognised course will make you a certified forest school leader, able to work in practices across the globe. This makes the course ideal for any educator looking to bring excellent outdoor practice into their work.


The leadership award at level 3 provides you with the policies, procedures, knowledge and some skills to set up an effective Forest School or Bush School Programme. Our international course includes a cultural module that is not assessed.


Location & Dates:

Venue: CERES Community Environment Park, Stewart Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057

Dates: 9th May 2018 to 13th May 2018 (inclusive)



Venue: Yamuloong, 71 Prospect Road, Garden Suburb, NSW 2289

Dates: 16th May 2018 to 20th May 2018 (inclusive)


Venue: National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek, ACT 2601

Dates: 23rd May 2018 to 27th May 2018 (inclusive)

Early Bird Price: $1995 excl. GST (ends April 9th 2018)



What the course involves


Australian colleagues have worked with indigenous communities to adapt the UK course to fully embrace the Australian context. As an externally accredited qualification, there is a comprehensive assessment through a portfolio that demonstrates practical skills, knowledge of theorists, sustainability, inclusionary practices and risk management. You will create your portfolio by implementing Forest School practice into your own setting, and then presenting evidence to be marked by our trainers. You must pass this assessment to achieve your Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification. 


5 days training per person
Completion and submission of a portfolio to achieve your qualification.


The course includes
Your registration with the awarding body
5 days of face to face training
Learning materials
Local support from Australian trainers and online support from Kate


Minimum age 19 years and experience in outdoor education, youth work or education advised.
Must have an up to date Outdoor Paediatric First Aid certificate (or any equivalent course) by the time you submit your portfolio


Portfolio Submission
You will have one year to complete your submission



We have a qualified team of forest school trainers from across Australia and the wider world ready to help you on your journey to becoming a Forest School Leader or Practitioner. Join Kate and Claire Warden associate trainers Carly, Natasha and Anthony on your forest school journey.


Our Course Trainers

Kate Hookham, Scotland UK

Carly Garner, Brisbane AUS

Natasha Livock,  NSW AUS

Anthony Morris, Melbourne AUS


Mindstretchers believes in equal opportunities and supports candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques; video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks®. All candidates are introduced to the approach created by Claire Warden entitled Talking and Thinking Floorbooks® and Talking Tubs™, which support key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum, and support the transfer of information and methodology back to the school."

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