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The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning


The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning



Develop the core knowledge and nature connection skills you need to take groups in your care outdoors safely, competently and confidently

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As someone working in education, healthcare or as an outdoor practitioner, responsible for working with groups... 
You know incorporating nature into your work improves physical, cognitive and social development and leads to improved mental health and wellbeing.
That's why you've explored CPD courses or completed a Forest School Training Course to give you the skills you need to take groups of people in your care outdoors.
But to plan and deliver progressive and sustainable outdoor experiences and embed them into the curriculum or therapeutic practice, you still have obstacles and challenges to overcome.
➡️ Your urban setting is devoid of green space 


➡️ You lack time... because, let's face it, in addition to teaching, your day job requires you to record WOW moments, SALT referrals, EAL and Seesaw updates


➡️ You need to overcome practicalities, such as ensuring groups in your care arrive dressed for inclement British weather


➡️ Beyond that, what if you have 20+ children in your care? You worry you lack staff
So even though you have outdoor activities in your toolkit, you don't think you have the time, headspace or resources to turn your outdoor learning and nature-based practice ideas into a reality.

Here's the thing. To plan and deliver progressive and sustainable outdoor experiences that result in measurable outcomes such as:


✔️ Making learning fun, meaningful and relevant
✔️ Improving mental and physical health and wellbeing
✔️ Reducing anxiety and stress

You need to understand the context behind the activities and get a perspective on how outdoor learning fits into your job as a whole.

How to turn outdoor learning and Forest School Leader ideas into a credible plan of action

Your success depends on your ability to understand how and why outdoor learning and nature-based practice complement your job. 


Only when you understand the relevance of outdoor learning and nature-based practice can you plan and deliver easily accessible activities that fit the overall structure of your teaching or therapeutic day.


Let me illustrate, using teaching as an example:


✔️ WOW Moments Outdoor learning helps children become fully engaged in their learning and inspires awe and wonder. It nurtures natural curiosity, creativity and the ability to make connections. Better still, it encourages children to ask lots of questions.

✔️ SALT (Speech and Language Therapy) Nature's many sights, sounds and animals make outdoor learning the perfect way to get children excited about learning new words and verbalising their experiences.

✔️ EAL (English as an additional language) Nature's sights, sounds and animals help EAL children learn new words and engage in conversation.

✔️ Content for Seesaw updates Outdoor learning sessions gives teachers plenty of content ideas to post to Seesaw.

How to work with available resources


Not every site enjoys great diversity. You'll learn how to work with available resources and build up a store of materials you can use in your sessions. 
As a result, you'll transcend the fear of adding additional workload to your already busy day.
And be able to articulate how outdoor learning and nature-based practice adds value to everyday learning and therapeutic care.

Introducing the Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning


This comprehensive new training course builds the context and makes the practical activities you've learnt so far easier to apply in real-life settings.

I'll lead you through the seasons and explain:

The Advanced Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning
✔️ The concepts behind outdoor learning and nature connection techniques
✔️ How seasonal nature-based session ideas can help you solve real-life obstacles
✔️ How to increase your confidence delivering outdoor learning and nature-based practice


This all-encompassing course teaches you everything you need to know about delivering outdoor experiences across the ages.
nature centric models

You’ll learn how to develop your role as a practitioner


In addition to learning how to plan and deliver outdoor activities, you'll learn:
Nature-centric models
Why they work
Then, you'll learn how to create a safe and healthy space for the people in your care to discover their strengths and aptitudes. 
Beyond that, you'll learn how to use your knowledge to direct their learning.



How to work with your place and the season


Each day and each season brings something unique to outdoor experiences.

You'll learn how to build your group's kinship with nature. And how seasons reflect your practice.
Unlike our CPD courses and Forest School Training, The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning takes a deep dive into the models, methods, worldviews and values that underpin teaching and working in nature.
So that by the time you complete the course, you'll know precisely how Outdoor Learning and Nature Pedagogies both complement other progressive forms of education and therapeutic care.
And you'll have a framework upon which you'll be able to plan and deliver progressive and sustainable outdoor experiences. 
Moreover, how to embed them into the curriculum or therapeutic practice.

Whom you learn from matters

Meet Marina Robb

Meet Marina Robb


Marina Robb (BSc; PGCE; MA; MSc; Author) is the Founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery Community Interest Company and The Outdoor Teacher Ltd, both leading organisations that aim to transform education and health through nature.


Marina has more than 30 years of experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. In addition, Marina is the co-author of The Essential Guide to Forest School & Nature Pedagogy and Learning with Nature.
When you learn from an author and outdoor practitioner with 30+ years of experience, you learn from someone who has gained wisdom through practice.
And can refer to results that back up everything they teach.
As a result, you'll know how to connect the dots of the various activities you learn.
You'll be able to grasp the concepts better.
You'll see how they plan and organise activities.
Consequently, you'll achieve tangible results from your training materials.


Testimonials for The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Tina Stubbs

Author & Founder of Life's Little Bugs, Berkshire, UK

Majella McBride

Lecturer, Department of Early Education and Social Studies, Atlantic Technological University, Donegal, Ireland

Jenny Flude

Forest School Leader, Northamptonshire

Heather McHugh

Nature Matters Forest School, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Claire Brady

Senior Project Officer, The Conservation Volunteers, Glasgow, Scotland

Patricia Quigley

Forest School Leader & Early Years Educator, Co Kerry, Ireland

Learn the methods and skills that turn outdoor learning and nature-based practice into a reality

Here's a summary of everything included in this course


As an Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning student, you get lifetime access to:
You can download a complete list of the lessons here:


120 Step by step instructional videos bringing 

practical activities to life

My videos walk you through the process of putting together outdoor activities, season by season. At the same time, they broaden your skills and understanding of outdoor learning and outdoor teaching.
Better still, they aid knowledge retention, as you can watch them over and over.


16 video masterclasses & 4 live webinars with Q&As

(recordings will be made available if you can't watch live)
The Masterclasses provide an immersive experience and allow you to discover how a robust nature pedagogy can support learning, behaviour and physical and emotional wellbeing, and most importantly, a deeper relationship with the natural world.
At the same time, our masterclasses ground your knowledge by allowing you the opportunity to ask questions and connect with like-minded people wherever you are.
Buy now and you can attend live. Buy later and you can watch playbacks from the live recordings.


48 Session plan idea sheets

Help you develop your new skills, take control of your schedule and track your progress.


Plans can be adapted for all ages and cover a range of topics including seasonal, generic and curriculum linked themes.

Helpful downloadable resources

'How to' guides, safety guides, best practice guides and lots, lots more.


Make sure you'll always have backup information at your fingertips.

Risk benefit assessments for all activities


Ensure you keep groups in your care safe while giving them the opportunity to enjoy the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor experiences.
So that by the time you've completed this course, you'll be able to overcome all the obstacles that prevent you from taking outdoors groups of people in your care.
Better still, you'll save hours of your time trying to work out how to do it on your own.
Whether you're planning to take children or therapeutic clients outdoors, the Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning will get you to where you want to be.

This course bundle comes with lifetime access to the following products:

Modules 3 & 4 Early Summer & Late Summer
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 3 & 4: Summer

Modules 5 & 6: Autumn
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 5 & 6: Autumn

Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning Modules 7 & 8  Early Winter & Late Winter
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 7 & 8: Winter

Release Date: 26th September

Modules 1 & 2 Early Spring & Late Spring
Advance Certificate in Forest School & Outdoor Learning

Modules 1 & 2: Spring



Routines & Boundaries in the Outdoors
Routines & Boundaries in the Outdoors

Release Date 2nd February

Forest School Activities Online Training Module 1: Fire & Pedagogy
Forest School Activities Online Training

Module 1: Fire & Pedagogy

Module 6: Using Tools
Forest School Activities Online Training

Module 6: Using Tools

Early Years Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
Early Years Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
Primary Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
Primary Bumper Pack of Curriculum Resources
10 Reasons to Teach Outside

16 page e-book looking at the benefits of teaching outdoors



See for yourself the benefits of The Advanced Certificate of Forest School and Outdoor Learning


As an Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning student, you'll get:


✔️ 8 seasonal video training modules (12 hours of instruction and 120 seasonal training lessons in total):

✔️ 2 masterclasses per module/4 per season (16 masterclasses in total)

✔️ 8 session plans per module/16 per season (64 session plans in total)

✔️ Helpful downloadable resources, including critical resources from my book The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy

✔️ Risk/benefit assessments for all activities

✔️ Additional safety training. Also included our Fire and Pedagogy and Using Tools modules from our Forest Schools Activities online training course

✔️ A brand new short course entitled: 'Forest School Routines and Boundaries'

This all-encompassing outdoor learning and nature-based training course builds the context and makes the practical activities you've learnt so far easier to apply in real-life settings.  

Includes lifetime access to visual content and training materials.

Know that your course is available on all devices

available on all devices
The Advanced Certificate in Forest School and Outdoor Learning training course is mobile friendly and available on all devices. 


If you have an iPhone, you can download the 'Teachable' app from the Apple Store and download the videos onto your phone.



Your satisfaction guaranteed


If you are not happy with the course, you can contact us with an explanation and claim a full refund within 30 days.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start?

If you are paying in 8 monthly instalments, you will get access to 1 new module each month starting with 'Module 1: Early Summer' on 22nd June. You will also get access from 22nd June to all the extra bonus content.

If you are paying in full, you will get access to the 1st 6 modules on 22nd June.
The remaining 2 modules (Early Winter and Late Winter) will be released on 26th September.
You will also get access from 22nd June to all the extra bonus content.


Early and late Winter: 26th September

You will be emailed as each season becomes available


How long do I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course! Unlimited access to the lessons and videos for as long as you like, across all your devices.


Is my tutor qualified?

Yes, Marina Robb is a UK Forest School Association Endorsed Trainer and has been training Forest School Leaders since 2011. She has been working with groups in nature since 1995 and you can read more here.


Our organisation can’t pay using a credit or debit card – can we still buy the course?

Yes, we understand that many schools and other organisations can’t pay by card – contact us and we can send you an invoice to pay us by bank transfer in UK Sterling, Euros or Dollars. We can also accept cheques from UK bank accounts.


Can I access the course on my mobile?

Yes, the course can be accessed on all devices. If you have an iPhone, you can also download the free ‘Teachable’ app from the Apple Store and complete the course using the app, downloading any videos you like onto your device.


What if I am unhappy with the course?

If for some reason you are not happy with the course, contact us in writing within your first 30 days for a full refund. You will need to include an explanation of why you want the refund.


Does this course qualify me to run Forest School sessions?

This course is not a qualification but is Certified by The Outdoor Teacher and based on Marina's experience and expertise in this field.

All practitioners in the UK need to follow health and safety law, which requires us to provide risk assessments and be competent to deliver activities. Teachers for example are already qualified already to take their practice outdoors but are likely to need a course like ours to get the practical skills in place.

The Level 3 Forest School training and Forest School programmes (long term) are an educational approach and the training is excellent. If you intend to offer long-term forest school programmes, then I would recommend you doing the qualification.

We have a page about Outdoor Learning Myths and a recent webinar where these issues are addressed: 

https://theoutdoorteacher.com/p/outdoor-learning-myths 


What is the difference between this course and our Forest School Activities Online Training?

Our Forest School Activities Online training offers 8 modules which represent the practical aspects of the Level 3 Training and much more. This new Advanced Certificate goes much deeper into the process and includes 20 masterclass presentations (4 live and 16 pre-recorded) that looks at the topics including the benefits to mental health and how to write risk assessments.

It also comes with 120 practical activity videos and 48 session plan idea sheets to help you create your sessions and the course is suitable for teachers, outdoor practitioners, Forest School leaders and anyone else who takes groups out into nature.


We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a playground or park?  

Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland, park or school playground - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.  

We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards and playgrounds.  

It does take more preparation and consideration of equipment. If you wanted to make fires, you would either designate a small green area of the playground for this purpose or use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground. We have also taken many groups on short walks throughout the seasons to gather some plants for many activities.  

Posts can be put up to replace trees, so that children can still set up various rope bridges or constructions and with a little thinking you can easily set up a rope swing and tarpaulin shelters.

In schools we often ask parents to contribute a log for our wood pile and ask for help to bring in useful materials we may need over the year.


How many hours is the course? 

It will take 1 year to complete as we will be releasing each season as we go through the year but it is self-paced so you work in your own time from pre-recorded materials and videos with 4 additional live webinars (1 in each season). We estimate that it will take a minimum of 36 hours to complete the course but you will also need to factor in time to practice the activities on top of this. 


Can I share my course with my colleagues?

No - the license is granted for 1 user to view the contents of the course. This access must not be shared with any other person and only the named user will receive the certificate.

See next question for bulk licencing queries.


Can we purchase multiple licenses for our staff team?

Yes, please contact us for bulk purchasing discounts. We can set up the user accounts for you and send you access codes and you can pay by invoice.


My school has agreed to pay for this course. What if it cannot meet your payment deadline?

If your school is buying this course on your behalf and you’re worried that your school’s administrative processes might result in you missing the enrolment deadline, get in touch with us as soon as possible. 

We can arrange to send an invoice to your school. As long as you request an invoice within the five day enrolment period, you will be able to enrol.


Do I get a certificate?

Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd.


How can we contact you if we have a question?

Yes feel free to call or email us with any questions - our contact details are on the contact page.


Our commitment to Nature & People: 

The Outdoor Teacher, alongside its sister organization Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC aim to transform health, education and family through nature.

We are whole-heartedly concerned about the safeguarding of future generations, human and non-human alike, and the growing understanding of reciprocity between humans and nature. Whilst we are advocates for all people accessing nature and its benefits, we know that this is only healthy if we prioritise the care for the natural world and address issues of equality.

The Outdoor Teacher is working towards becoming a certified B-Corp. Certified B Corps are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We aim to be part of this community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

We are using Monzo Business Banking which is listed as an ethical bank: https://monzo.com/ethics.