I am looking to create a network of people who are teaching and mentoring children outdoors with a forest school approach. I am located in Vermont, and I am hoping to connect with others here in the northeastern part of the U.S.
I just found out I missed the opportunity to be a part of conference that Claire Warden was presenting at in Chicago! Feeling a little disappointed, I have been searching for equivalent opportunities to learn from our forest school practitioners from overseas.
Is there anything on the horizon here in the states?
teacher/naturalist in Montpelier, VT.
Are you part of the Forest Education Initiative Group on Facebook? If not, then this is probably the most active place on the Internet right now for Forest School people. It's a UK page but becoming increasingly international.
PS Just ran the Forest Kindergarten pilot 3 day course for pre-school practitioners. It went really well.
I went to London and joined a Bridgwater College Level 4 training course (which I could do because I had been an educator here for a while and was certified). These were the folks that brought the model to the UK and our teacher, John Blaney was nothing short of brilliant. It was an intensive 5-day course that has been followed by distance coursework, but the work is all directly applicable to starting a forest school. You can find out more by visiting the bridgwater site: http://www.bridgwater.ac.uk/course.php?sector=2&subject=39&.... It was an amazing experience. I'm sorry that I don't know more about trainings in the northeast US.
FYI, here is what I have done with the training: tinkergarten.com