Network of forest kindergartens and schools

The Network of Forest Kindergartens and Schools draws wisdom from the four pillars of lifelong learning (UNESCO): learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to be.

Learning in the new millennium should not only offer an academic concept, but should significantly contribute to the overall development of each individual. The transfer of knowledge and skills to reality and the possibility of using them outside the school are becoming more and more important. For the teaching staff, teaching in the natural environment means the opportunity to develop new ideas and teaching methods and personal growth.

In 2011, under the auspices of the National Education Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and Innovation Projects, an initiative group of the Network of Forest Kindergartens and Schools was formed. We already believed then that the education process can be nature-friendly and that that was good for our children. It can be said that such learning touches children. Seeing the value of forests and other natural environments as classrooms or sources of knowledge also denotes a willingness to overcome obstacles. We hope that the activities of the Network will encourage at least one more teacher, parent, principal to search for knowledge outside the classroom. Since by encouraging a single teacher to leave the classroom, an entire group of children finds itself in the woods and that is a good basis for lifelong learning.

Tasks of the network

  • - Expanding the Network of Forest Kindergartens and Schools.
  • - Ensuring the transfer of knowledge and experience between kindergartens and schools.
  • - Ensuring the quality of teaching in natural environments.
  • - Promoting the use of local forests and the natural environment for learning purposes.
  • - Encouraging open discussions, workshops and examples of good practice.

Objectives of the network

  • - Helping to recognize the value of the forest as a classroom and learning tool.
  • - Establishing standards of teaching in natural environments.
  • - Developing the concept of forest pedagogy.
  • - Developing the concept of pedagogy in natural environments.
  • - Learning and living together.

Our vision is for the children to grow up, play, learn and develop in accordance with their own nature. We believe that in the forest every child is capable of learning. By involving nature into schools and kindergartens we enable children to achieve goals more easily, give them the will to succeed and contribute to the overall development of each individual. The fact is that the effect of learning in the natural environment cannot be measured with a grade or with what it has contributed to you in a day or year: these are things that will remain with the children for a lifetime. And that is learning for sustainable development and learning for life.