Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children

Forest School Adventure

Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children

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Forest School Adventure is a book packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings.

Learn how to light a fire without matches build a shelter to sleep in, cook on a fire, hunt for bugs and much more. From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age survival skills to joyful outdoor play.

Forest School Adventure

A close up of a forest school adventure book

Written by Dan Westall and Naomi Walmsley
Published by GMC

Covering a wide range of traditional Forest School activities and beyond, this exciting book of outdoor fun for children is perfect for anyone passionate about getting back to basics. Parents, carers and outdoor leaders can pick up this book and take their children on a wild, muddy journey, learning some fantastic skills along the way.

Nature Awareness

Develop a relationship with nature by sharpening up your senses. Be aware of the smell in the air just before a rainstorm. Sit silently under a tree and observe nature go about her daily routine around you. Taste a fresh juicy wild blackberry. feel how the bark of an oak tree feels against your fingers. Open yourself up to nature and she will show you a whole magical world of adventure.

nature awareness page from a book


Bushcraft is a way of thriving in the natural environment. It is all about learning how to enjoy and make use of the wild countryside around us. Bushcraft is about developing skills that help you adapt to your surroundings – from cooking on a campfire to making dens and practical crafts using natural materials.

Wild Food

There’s nothing more delicious or satisfying than a meal sourced 100% from nature. When you know what to look for you’ll soon see that at the right time of year mother nature provides us with a fabulous feast for the picking.


You don’t need lots of equipment to have fun outside. Just a few ideas, some simple rules, willingness to be a bit silly and wide open space are great ways for children to experience exercise and bond together in a shared experience.

Where can you buy the Forest School Adventure book?

The Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children book is available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

plant identification page from a forest school book

About the author

Dan Westall (now Walmsley) loves everything outdoors. Having spent the last 15 years teaching outdoor classes with my wife Naomi Walmsley (co-author). They’ve been very lucky in life to make their passions their livelihood and with that, the opportunity to write Forest School and Adventure and Urban Forest school.

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