Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is a recognised centre for the National Open College Network (NOCN) Forest School Qualifications. Our Forest School courses provide you with the understanding, knowledge and practical skills needed to be a Forest School Leader.

Our courses will develop your expertise to work with children in an outdoor environment, enabling you to build their social communication and risk management skills, and to provide opportunities for them to thrive and learn about themselves.

At Wiltshire Wildlife Trust we offer training on three of our beautiful reserves, Lower Moor FarmLangford Lakes and Biss Wood. As part of the course you will also visit another nearby reserve, providing a unique opportunity to learn about Forest School delivery in different settings and to gain knowledge in a practical setting rather than a classroom.

Our qualified trainers have many years of experience delivering Forest School programmes with a broad range of groups and will support you throughout your Forest School journey.

The courses can be transformational for trainees, giving you new skills and ideas, a restored connection with the natural world and enthusiasm for learning.

 “Thank you for the most inspiring week – it was even better than I had hoped for! I can’t wait to continue my Forest School journey after such a fantastic start.”

Participant on Level 3 course

Our Courses

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is a recognised centre for the National Open College Network (NOCN). As a registered training centre, we deliver:

  • Level 3 Award for Forest School Leaders

We can also offer Forest School taster sessions, for people who are not yet ready to embark on a full qualification. For more information click here.

Forest School Level 3 Qualification

The Forest School Level 3 course is the nationally recognised training for anyone who wants to lead and manage a Forest School programme. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to set up, plan and deliver a Forest School programme in your setting. It consists of 6 days of practical training, planning and delivery of six of your own Forest School sessions, a written portfolio, two 4 hour portfolio support sessions and a 3 day practical assessment. In order to qualify, trainees must also undertake a two day outdoor first aid course, unless they already have this.

The total qualification time is estimated at 180 hours, which includes 96 guided learning hours. The course must be completed within twelve months of commencement.

Cost of Level 3 course: £850. This can be paid in instalments - please contact to discuss a payment plan.

For more information, such as entry requirements, please contact us.

“The practical, hands on experience has been outstanding. I am so pleased I selected this course with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.”

Participant on Level 3 course

Upcoming Course Dates


Biss Wood

Langford Lakes

Initial training delivery of 6 days

Mon 17thOct, Tues 18th, Wed 19th 2022

Wed 26th Oct, Thurs 27th, Fri 28th 2022

April 3rd, 4th, 5th 2023

April 12th, 13th, 14th 2023

A two or three day practical skills assessment

Thurs 27th, Fri 28th July 2023

19th and 20th October 2023

Two 4 hour optional portfolio support sessions

Sat 14th Jan 2023

Sat 8th April 2023


For more information about Forest School Training, please contact:

Sarah Tribe

07584 528645

[email protected] 

Download our Activities Brochure to find out more about what we can offer.

Please note: The prices in the brochure are not up to date and not all of the activities are now offered. Contact us to discuss your requirements. 

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