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FINAL AMENDED FLYER LEVEL 1 KIRKLEES OCT 2017Learn About Forest School, Become A Heritage Woodland Champion, and Gain A Recognised Qualification.

We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with Pennine Prospects, we are running a Forest School Level 1 training course in October and November in Huddersfield.  This course is being subsidised as part of the South Pennines Woodland Heritage Project and participants can take part for half price, if they agree to take part in some follow-up work in their own setting (with our support).  This Heritage Lottery funding is aiming to create ‘Heritage Woodland Champions’ who will help children and young people engage with the natural environment.  The training is open to anyone, but we would particularly like to hear from community groups and organisations (including schools and nurseries) who don’t normally work outdoors.

The 3-day course would normally cost £250pp, but anyone signing up as part of the project can do the course for £125pp.  It will run over 3 Wednesdays (18th October, 1st November and 8th November) from 9am till 4pm, in Crosland Moor, Huddersfield and gives a basic introduction to and understanding of Forest School principles with a mixture of theory and practical skills.  This includes basic plant and animal identification, and safe use of tools with children and how the natural world can be used to support learning and develop key skills such as problem solving, creativity, self-esteem, resilience and confidence.   Over the 3 days you will also complete a simple portfolio demonstrating what you have learnt which leads to an NOCN (National Open College Network) accredited Level 1 qualification (the equivalent of NVQ Level 1, GCSE grade D-G  or a Foundation Diploma).  The course was created by Lily Horseman of Kindling Play and Training, who is the current Chair of the Forest Schools Association.

The course if being delivered by Jo Liversidge, Managing Director of Nature’s Footprints Forest Play and Training CIC.  Jo has been working in Forest School both in schools and her local community for 10 years and is a Level 4 accredited Forest School trainer.  She has over 20 years experience as a Primary School teacher and is a Thrive Practitioner and both Nurture Group and Forest School Lead.  She set up Nature’s Footprints 4 years ago in order to use her passion and expertise to develop and support children, young people and families in her local community.

You can download the course details and booking form here:

Amended Application form for Level 1 Kirklees Forest School October 2017

or for further information, please contact Jo –, 07843 673011

Look Out for Local Young People Raising Money for Us!

July 31, 2017

A team of young people are spending some of their Summer raising money for us so that we can put on more free Forest School and community activities for children and families.  The fifteen 15 and 16 year olds are working with Nature’s Footprints on a social action project as part of their National Citizens […]

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Summer Forest School and Family Activities

July 18, 2017

Summer Fun for Everyone….. Free Forest School Sessions, Free Summer Play Day, and Family Crafternoons, plus Beaumont Park’s Gala Day This Summer, in partnership with Friends of Beaumont Park and the Huddersfield Town Foundation we’re putting on 4 weeks’ of Forest School and family activities, based in Beaumont Park and at Ashenhurst Recreation Ground, Newsome. Free Forest […]

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Kirklees Forest School Network Launch – How Did It Go?

July 6, 2017

Summary of the Evening Thank you to everyone who came to our Kirklees Forest School Network launch on 10th May at Beaumont Park or who expressed an interest in finding out more.  The event went really well, with around 50 people attending (including representatives from Kirklees Council, Friends of Beaumont Park, and Pennine Prospects who came […]

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Book Now for Spring Bank Holiday Forest School

May 23, 2017

Come and join us this Spring Bank Holiday at Beaumont Park, Newsome (Ashenhurst Rec), or Helme School for outdoor fun, games, challenges and crafts – and don’t forget your hat and suncream!  We’ve got sessions for 4-8 year olds, 8-12 year olds and 13-19 year olds. As usual, all our sessions are free of charge […]

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Find Out What’s Happening in February Half Term

February 10, 2017

9 Forest School Sessions for 4-8s, 8-12s, and 13-19s Family Crafternoon Family Beetle Drive Outdoor Clothing Bring & Buy Sale

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Can You Help? Nature’s Footprints is currently homeless!

January 20, 2017

After 3 years at our base in Netherton, and due to circumstances out of our control, we had to move out over Christmas.  While we look around for a (convenient and affordable) new home, we urgently need: A space to work from for 2-3 days a week (for 2-3 people) Somewhere to run training from […]

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Register Now To Sell At Our ‘New To You’ Women’s Clothing Sale…..

January 19, 2017

 Saturday 28th January 2017, 12-2pm Have a Spring clean AND earn some money….. Buy a whole new wardrobe at discount prices….. And help support our Forest School and other children and family activities in your local community….. 25% of all monies made will go to Nature’s Footprints for community activity and the rest …… TO […]

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We Need Your Votes To Help Us Raise Money For A New Project

November 15, 2016

Just 4 Days Left To Vote and Help Us Raise £25,000 It only takes a few minutes and could make a huge difference….. We couldn’t do what we do without you, and your continued support allows us to keep going, keep growing and make what we do a success. Behind the scenes we’re tirelessly working […]

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October Half Term Forest School

October 20, 2016

New Free Forest School Sessions for 13-19 Year Olds This holiday as well as running our usual sessions for 4-8 year olds on 2 sites (Beaumont Park and Ashenhurst Rec), and for 8-12 year olds on 3 sites (Beaumont Park, Ashenhurst Rec and Helme), we’ve also been given funding to trial some new sessions for […]

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