Wild in the Woods
Dernwood Children’s Woodland Club
We’re excited to be running some great Children’s woodland club groups again this year with Laura Warren.
As a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader training with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Laura has over 7 years experience running fun and creative outdoor sessions to develop and support mental well-being, inspire creativity, build resourcefulness and confidence through being in the woods connecting to nature and the arts.
What to expect:
A special time for your children and family to have adventures and fun in the woods. Try bushcraft, discover ancient knowledge of woodlands and their people, discover and learn about local wildlife, learn a new skill, and experience a little woodland magic!
Laura provides a relaxed, safe, informative and inspiring space for all to explore and learn – including adults! Laura has a patient and kind manner being used to working with children of all ages and abilities. Fostering a sense of respect and sensitivity to the natural resources we use in the sessions.
We will have a fire (weather permitted) do some wild cooking over the fire, play nature skills games and have a story round the fire at the end. Have some well deserved ‘adult only time’ or give the kids a unique experience to remember and time for them to be ‘wild in the woods’!
Clem Aged 7 “LOVED all of it, and especially enjoyed making nettle pancakes, she described the experience in her show and tell last week at school”
All staff are DBS checked and Laura has a current first aid qualification, relevant insurance and Level 3 Forest School training. We have worked to alter our ways of working with groups in the woods, groups are smaller and additional risk assessments have been done. Please email if you would like to see our Covid-19 procedures and we will be happy to send them out to you.
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Saturdays in June available upon request. Sessions are at 10am or 2pm Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request and find out more.
Adults and under 2’s free!
Children aged 2 – 5 need to be accompanied by an adult
Aged 6 + can be unaccompanied, adults are welcome
Laura is available for group bookings of 6 or more children, Birthdays, schools groups and sessions for older children, to run the sessions below or tailor activities for your group.
Themes on offer are:
Camouflage and Bows
Very popular! Make your own bow and arrow from local Hazel green wood, learn to shoot your bow safely, make and use natural camouflage to hide from your friends!
2.5 hours Suitable for families and age 6+
Woodland Gnomes and potions
Have you ever wanted to make your own magic potion? Make a woodland gnome out of wood and take them on a journey to meet magical beings that live in the woods, complete the tasks along the way and collect the ingredients for a magic potion to make and take home.
2.5 hours Suitable for families with Children aged 3+
Sunday Morning Session
Forest School inspired activities for a lazy or busy Sunday morning!
Leave the kids while you pack up your tents. Play woodland nature games, make a den and have a go at making a natural craft join us at the end round the fire for a cup of nettle tea and a story created by the group!
Types of activities they might do: – sneaking and creeping games, woodland challenge, capture the flag, den/shelter making, nature walk, nature spotting, clay pots, nature art, spinners, use of hand tools, saw wood disks, fire lighting, elder beads.
2.5 hours Suitable for children aged 5+
Campfire craft – Food and Fire
Complete the fire challenge! Light a fire without matches, learn how to build a fire, and be safe around it. Make a cooking tool (tongs or whittled stick) out of wood and cook your own snack over the fire. Try some wild foraged food. Play nature games and enjoy your food around the fire with a story.
2.5 hours Suitable for families and age 6+
Animals of the Woods
Be an animal detective to find clues of what animals live in the woods, choose a wild animal you have a special connection with. Cut a disc of wood, draw or paint your animal or its track mark. Tell and listen to animal stories around the fire. Cook a healthy snack over the fire.
2 hours Suitable for families and children aged 4+
Green Woodwork for older kids
Sit round the fire to learn how to use a tool (knife/peeler) safely to make an item out of green wood to take home, whist the fire crackles. Items could be made – staff, sign for bedroom, butter knife, mallet, beads and nettle string. Time and support to work on a project. Snack cooked over the fire.
2.5 hours Suitable Aged 7+ and able to use a peeler or whittling knife
£25 per child
Group bookings of 4 children minimum