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Junior Forester Award

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Teaching Trees is proud to launch its new programme, the Junior Forester Award.

 

The Junior Forester Award aims to give children and young people of all ages an insight into the skills needed for a career in Forestry as well as equipping them with the practical ability to assist in woodland management in their schools and local communities.

 

Boy In Woods 200218 CmWhat does it include?

- A programme of at least six sessions in which participants complete practical tasks and enhance their knowledge of woodlands and forestry.

- Different pathways depending on your needs and interests:

Pathway A: Planting of trees and shrubs

Pathway B: Tool use for woodland management

- Optional certificates and badges to recognise participants achievements.

What facilities do we need?
- Access to some trees, preferably at least six different species. These do not need to be planted as a woodland, they can be around the school grounds, in a hedgerow or nearby in the local community.

Do our staff need to undertake specific training to deliver this award?
- The award has been designed to make outdoor learning accessible for all schools without the need for specific qualifications although it would be beneficial to have either the Outdoor Learning Practitioner or Forest School accreditation.

- If a school chooses to complete Pathway B and the tool use activities then the staff leading the group must be qualified to Forest School Leader Level 3 or other equivalent qualification which has assessed their safety with tools.

What resources will we need?
- A Junior Forester Award Handbook for the group leader and a booklet for the appropriate pathway for each participant. These can be downloaded on the right of this page.

- The participants will need to wear clothing that they can get muddy, ideally a full change of clothes from their school uniform, sturdy footwear and have waterproofs / sun protection depending on the weather.

- Optional resources are mentioned along with each session plan but these can be adapted to suit what you have available, the age of your group and their interest in the activities.

- Optional badges can be purchased from the RFS shop to present on successful completion.

 

Ready to register to take part?

We'd love to know if you're taking part in the Junior Forester Award, as a thank you for registering we will email you a copy of the 2019 - 2020 certificate for use in your organisation.

Click here to register

 
For advice or support with using the Junior Forester Award please email teaching.trees@rfs.org.uk

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