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Stepping Stone Forests For Schools

Stepping Stone forests for schools are excellent educational tools that  enhance the knowledge and appreciation of nature in children.

These forests are small, dense, bio diverse native woodland habitats on the grounds of schools. Stepping Stone forests can be  outdoor  classrooms. The little forests provide an opportunity for classes to spend time outside learning about nature. Children grow and mature along with the forest.  There are  a lot of reports and online materials that demonstrate the fantastic benefits for children of being exposed to forests and to learning in a natural environment. Please see below for some links.

The addition of a Stepping Stone forest to the grounds of the school can be a significant addition to the Green Schools program.

Children preparing soil and planting trees Lush Forest

Children from Scoil Mhathair De in Limerick planted a school forest, as part of LEAF Ireland's Choill Bheag program, in March 2018. The picture of the forest above was taken in September 2020.

Interested in Planting a Stepping Stone Forest in Your School?

If you would like to plant a Stepping Stone Forest in your school please make contact using the details below.




Further Reading

Forest School and its Impact on Young Children

Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature: Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments

Study Reveals How Forest Schools Can Benefit Children’s Development

7 Benefits of Climbing Trees

Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!

The Mental Benefits Provided by Urban Forests

Why Green Spaces Are Good for Your Kid’s Brain


 Stepping Stone Forests in the Media