Make back to school planning easy and start the term strong with these ready-made forest school lesson plans for autumn and fall.
Forest school activities for fall
A forest classroom is so beautiful in the autumn. Let’s use the leaves, seeds and fruits of the season to inspired a range of forest school activities.
Ready-made forest school lesson plans
Make your forest school teaching easier using our ready-made outdoor lesson plans.
The Forest Classroom: a beginner’s guide to forest school will give you the confidence, ideas and practical plans to lead forest school lessons with your children.
Our best-selling guide gives you over 40 lessons plans and 16 practical printable sets that you can use in your forest school setting, school yard/playground, local park or your own backyard to run a forest-school style curriculum.
The lessons are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 and cover a broad range of subjects including nature study, math, literacy, science, arts and crafts, and wellbeing.
See more and get your copy of The Forest Classroom here, for easy, ready-made outdoor lessons you and your children will love.
Autumn nature walk ideas
Walking through the natural environment is a core element of forest school. Often walks are very informal, minimally structured and child-led – a wonderful time to explore and respond to what the children find. Autumn walks are an opportunity for them to discover the new sights, smells and textures of the season.
You might also like to include a themed nature walk: specifically looking for autumn seeds perhaps. The Forest Classroom includes a range of themed walk ideas that you can use all through the year, and includes a printable forest treasure hunt which is great fun in fall.
Autumn foraging for elderberries
Elderberries are in season and ripe for picking in the autumn. They’re easy to identify and delicious when cooked up into a fruity syrup.
The Forest Classroom will teach your children about elderberries and how to identify them. It shows them how to make a delicious and healthy elderberry syrup or make elderberry paint, and has a printable nature journal page all about elderberries for each child.
Leaf symmetry forest school math lesson
Bring math outdoors this season with a lesson that combines the falling leaves with symmetry. The Forest Classroom will guide your children through an art and observation lesson that looks at reflection / lateral symmetry.
Tree ID lesson
This season is a great time to give a lesson on identifying the different species of trees in our forest school.
Children can learn to discern the leaves and seeds of a number of trees. This helps them develop the scientific skills of careful observation, accurate discrimination and classification.
The Forest Classroom book gives you a printable set of three-part tree cards which you can use in this lesson, with the name and pictures of the leaf and seed of common deciduous trees, along with six suggested activities for your children to get to know and identify each tree.
The Forest Classroom :: download your ready-made forest school lesson plans
A forest classroom is a place of adventure, discovery, and imagination. It can also be a wonderful place to learn about math and science, explore art and crafts, and develop language and social skills.
The Forest Classroom is a practical guide which will show you how to engage your children in fun and educational forest-school activities.
These ready-made forest school lesson plans are suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, childcarers and parents with children aged 4 to 10, to learn in a forest, school nature area, local park or your own backyard.
Get your copy of The Forest Classroom here and you’ll be ready to head straight outdoors and enjoy teaching, using our ready-made lesson plans.