Forest school research

Research in Ireland

  • Irish forest school association resources page

https://irishforestschoolassociation.ie/resources/

  • The ‘Glen Outdoor School’: The impact and implications of Outdoor Risky Play on the ‘Glens’ preschool children’s holistic growth by Trisha MacLaughlin

https://irishforestschoolassociation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/the-glen-outdoor-school-poster-presentation-by-trisha-mc-loughlin.pdf

Irish News articles
Irish research on outdoor play
  • Children's risky play. Barnardos (2011)

https://www.ncn.ie/images/Barnardos_Childlink_Risky_Play.pdf

  • Outdoor Play Matters, Barnardos PDF (2014)

https://www.galwaychildcare.com/uploadedfiles/Outdoor_Play_Matters.pdf

  • Outdoor play policy. Early childhood Ireland (2016)

https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/outdoor-play-policy.pdf

  •  Nurture through nature, The importance of outdoor experience for children Heritage outlook Magazine. 2010

https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/content/files/heritage_outlook_summer_2010_4mb.pdf

  • Wild Child Poll Quantitative Survey  2010 Heritage Council

https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/content/files/Wild_Child_Poll_quantitative_survey.pdf

  • Síolta  The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education on Play

https://siolta.ie/media/pdfs/Research%20Digest%20-%20Play.pdf

Research Scotland/ England/ Wales
  • Forest school: evidence for restorative health benefits in young people.  by Jenny Roe, Peter Aspinall and Catharine Ward Thompson (Edinburgh College of Art).

http://www.openspace.eca.ed.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Forest-school-evidence-for-restorative-health-benefits-in-young-people.pdf

  • An evaluation of Forest School in England , October 2005.  Richard Murray and Liz O’Brien

https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/documents/1418/ForestSchoolEnglandReport.pdf

  • Forest School and its impacts on young children: Case studies in Britain Liz O’Brien and  Richard Murray

https://www.ncn.ie/images/headers/earlychildhoodmodels/Forest-School-and-its-impacts-on-young-children_OBrien_Murray-2007.pdf

  • Froebal Outdoor play Pamphlet

https://www.froebel.org.uk/uploads/documents/FT-Outdoor-Play-Pamphlet.pdf

Forest school associations
  • Irish Forest school association IFSA

https://irishforestschoolassociation.ie/whatisforestschool/

  • Northern Ireland Forest school Association NIFSA

https://www.forestschoolawards.org/cgi-bin/main.cgi?page=News;vat=1506450216

  • Forest school Association FSA

https://forestschoolassociation.org

  • Forest school Wales

https://www.forestschoolwales.org.uk

Forest school Books

  • Gill, T. (2007) No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society. London 

  • Louv, R. (2010, 2nd edt) Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from NatureDeficit Disorder. London: Atlantic Books.

  • Cornell, J. (1989) Sharing Nature with Children II, Nevada City: Dawn Publications

  • Holland, C., (2009) I love my World Otterton: Wholeland

  • Knight, S. (2013) Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years, London: Sage (2nd edition – the 1st edition is out of date)

  • Knight, S. (2011) Forest School for All, London: Sage

  • Grey P. (2013) Free to learn:  Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

  • Ellen Haas, Evan McGown, and Jon Young (2010) Coyote Guide to connecting with Nature.