STOMPING GROUNDS FOREST SCHOOL

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Stomping Grounds Forest School is a social enterprise working throughout North East England to bring communities together and reconnect them with nature. Find out more about who we are, what we do and what we believe in…

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Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas is a special team-building experience, powered by nature. Over the course of a day, your team will be given the space to come together safely in a tranquil forest setting. Through activity facilitated by experts, participants will be inspired to develop bold, new ideas for working in a changed world.

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What is Forest School?

Learn about the key principles of Forest School and how we apply them to our work

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What We Offer

Stomping Grounds deliver a range of regular sessions, community programmes and bespoke packages for organisations and private parties

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What People Say...

  • My girl started at the under 5 group after she just turned two and has been going for the last 18 months. It has been a huge part in developing her deep connection with nature and her confidence in the outdoors. Our son has been going since he was born, and has now got his forest legs. It’s a great programme, that I also loved as an adult. We would still be there if we weren’t moving away. Really miss it.

    Dave Nguyen
  • We have noticed a reduction in [our son’s] OCD-related behaviours, which were initially prominent during the sessions, and an increase in his willingness to engage in activities independently and with less specific direction, both at forest school and at home.

    Anonymous Parent
  • Volunteering with Stomping Grounds is the highlight of my week! Forest School is everything I hoped it would be – a space for children to be themselves, be wild, have some freedom and autonomy and to learn and play outside of the classroom. It’s such an important opportunity for the children and it really does feel like a privilege to be part of it and to spend my Friday mornings with this bunch of vibrant, inquisitive little explorers.

    Lani
  • I’ve spoken to Sophie who shared her aspirations for these woods and it will be fantastic for children to learn about our countryside and its diversity as well as its maintenance. I am really excited about these woods and that they have been saved for future generations.??

    Brian Hudspith
  • I have just completed my first term of Forest School with my almost 4 year old and 1.5 year old. It’s been a wonderful experience, the kids have flourished in the environment and they have had the freedom and responsibility to try activities that they would never have been able to try in a different setting. Sophie is a great facilitator, nothing is too much trouble and overall the atmosphere amongst the group has been really welcoming and friendly. Will be back again soon!

    Katy Madgwick
  • Myself and my little boy Oliver (13 months) have been going to the under 5’s session every Monday and we both love it! So nice to see kids getting involved in outdoor activities and being exposed to risk taking, decision making, nature and crafts in a family friendly way! Brought my 5 year old niece to the launch day and she has absolutely loved it and is really looking forward to coming for a few summer school sessions!

    Sarah Louise Glover
  • Our son had been out of education for a prolonged period. We were unsure how he would respond to working with new individuals or to being in an environment that he has previously found challenging. From the offset, we were reassured by the professionalism of the Stomping Ground practitioners; particularly how they managed the communication with us, the local authority, and the multi-disciplinary team working with him to ensure that his EHCP and previous experiences were understood, and their willingness to seek guidance when considering required supports for managing potential challenging behaviours driven by his autism and mental health difficulties.

    Anonymous Parent
  • My toddler has been going to the under 5s sessions in Brockwell Woods for over a year now and we both love it. Sophie is wonderful and very good at getting small children engaged! MJ enjoys using tools and having the space to get clarty. She still has a small car which she made in forest school and carries everywhere proudly telling people that she made it. Its a lovely group for adults too – everyone is friendly and lends a hand. Would highly recommend

    Hannah Sorley
  • Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
    just what every kid needs! Would recommend

    Katherine Fletcher
  • My two boys had the best two days with Stomping Ground Forest School during the Christmas holidays. They absolutely loved it. I dropped them off both days feeling great trepidation, especially on the first day when it rained literally all day, and both days they came home so full of everything they’d done and all the fun they’d had: crafts, making dens, campfires, roasting marshmallows, splashing in mud (or the ‘mud on your face game’ as my oldest called it)… My washing machine may never recover but am delighted they had such fun! Would recommend to anyone.

    Julia Louise
  • Fantastic bumps & babies session this afternoon. A very welcoming group to meet other parents and share a love of all things outdoors.

    A huge thank you to the forest school leaders for trialing these new sessions! I can’t wait to bring my little one along to join in once he arrives ♥️

    Sadie Diamond-Fox
  • Stomping Grounds have been providing regular forest school sessions at our school for the last 4 years. Every class who work with them love the lessons and the opportunity to get up close to nature.
    The forest school teachers are always highly professional and have excellent regard for the needs of individual children, as well as for the safety of the group.  They form great relationships with the pupils and never fail to create interesting and inspiring learning that ensures our pupils always want to come back for more!

    Tim Godfrey, Mountfield Primary School
  • My 6 year old attended the Chopwell Forest School for the first time and he absolutely loved it! He’s not stopped talking about how much fun it was! Thank you!

    Angela Dennison
  • My son really loves his Saturday forest school adventures! He has grown in physical confidence and is much more daring in what he will do and attempt. He’s also much more comfortable with things like insects, muck and the stuff of nature! It’s a great way for children to explore the natural world, make new, non-school friendships and learn to cooperate, enjoy the outdoors and push their own boundaries. Out of school activities can be tricky if your child isn’t ‘sporty’ or doesn’t want to do drama, dance etc. Forest School is the perfect solution! I like how it has a good balance between structured and unstructured play too. Would recommend to all.

    Sarah Raad

Stomping Grounds Forest School is not-for-profit.

Our Values

Our passion is to create Forest School opportunities for all children, not just for those who’s parents can afford to pay for it or understand its aims.

We believe that by reconnecting communities with the natural world, humans can gain a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem and how our choices and actions can impact the environment.

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Volunteers

If you’re looking to start a career in outdoor education, or just want to spend more time outdoors, we’d love for you to come and join us at one of our beautiful sites throughout the North East.

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Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
This week we hosted our very first WILD IDEAS team building experience for staff at the @gnm_hancock Great North Museum. In collaboration with Wild Museum, Stomping Grounds delivered an inspirational day of re-connection and creative thinking.

Participants said they came away feeling calm, thoughtful, inspired, connected and 'more awake than I've felt in a long time' with 'a sense of peace within myself'.

Great North Museum Executive Manager said:

"Wild Ideas was a really imaginative way for our team to get out of the office and in to nature and reflect together. The woodland really is a special space that uses the benefits of the natural world to relax and refresh, open your mind and to find different ways to think. We worked collaboratively with the Wild Ideas team to create a bespoke session that brought out the best in our team and helped to creatively answer those things we wanted to think about for the year ahead. The day was well managed and everyone was friendly and welcoming. It was great to be given ‘permission’ to play – and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! You will not experience a team day quite like it anywhere else!"

Visit stomping-grounds.org/wild-ideas to support your team to inspired, awake and well!
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Exploring! The Stomping Grounds Forest Kindergarten at Gibside - National Trust way!

Counting, feeling, describing, wondering, discussing, noticing, smelling, imagining - Beech Nuts and their magic have us enthralled at the moment, from the spikey cases - green and clasped shut... To the opened "flower" like shape, producing priceless treasure tucked inside.

Swinging, hanging, climbing, balancing, pulling, crawling, running, hammering, drilling - movement is such an important part of growing, playing and learning. It gives us opportunities to test out, be our independent selves but also find common ground and build friendships, as we channel our innate desire to move and our energy into interests.

Helping, asking, answering, listening, chatting, watching, wondering, moving, doodling - communication in its many forms and for many reasons is beginning to flow. Through our intrinsic motivations we share space and time, owning our day and filling it with experiences that make us happy.

Does this sound like a place your child would enjoy? We have places available for 2-7year olds Mon-Wed, and Fridays. Please fill in the form below to express an interest.
https://forms.gle/oFPyffNCChkSYLoa6
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Tonight at our RISE youth club we chatted to the young people about what coming to RISE means to them. Check out these lush words from one of our young people “RISE is extraordinary since I started I have made new friends and met new people. This is a place where you can express your feelings and relax and have fun”

What a beautiful reminder of why we all do what we do here at Stomping Grounds 💚 - if you know anyone aged 14-19 yrs who would benefit from being in this environment please encourage them to come down, it’s free and they’re a dead canny bunch! Link in bio to book or visit: stomping-grounds.org/book
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Today we introduced our young participants to the forest school fundamentals: looking after each other, ourselves, and the rest of nature. We explored the woods, got to know the boundaries, played in the trees and river, covered fire safety and learned the basics of how to light a fire. And when it was a merry blaze we roasted marshmallows and cooked hot chocolate.

Only 2 places left for children at St Agnes’ Primary in #Crawcrook - speak to school to book!
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
What a lovely start to our under 5's Tuesday session. We welcomed old friends and new, squelched with clay, poured muddy water like gravy on wet logs, hunted bugs, munched on fruit threaded on sticks and enjoyed hot chocolate oat milk. While we snacked we had drum music on our pot percussion instruments.
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Lovely start to our term with Prudhoe West Tuesday after school group. We hunted for treasure (gold in the woods, hidden so well, yet to be discovered ). We played Eagle Eye and Granny's footsteps, with lots more games suggested and explained for next week. We crafted woodland creatures and shared lots of ideas for next week.