Supporting the development of Forest School across Ireland

Welcome to the Irish Forest School Association
Who We AreFind a forest school

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. 

Our Mission

The Irish Forest School Association was founded in 2016 to support the development of Forest School learning in Ireland.  Our mission is to support the development of quality Forest Schools in a diverse range of settings in Ireland.


Membership of the IFSA is open to everyone interested in developing quality Forest School in Ireland. Membership is renewed annually in May as a part of the annual conference subscription.

Next Steps

How to Get Involved

Become a Member

Principles of Forest School

Train as a Forest School Leader

Come to our Events

Find a
Forest School
near you

Child Protection

Benefits of Forest School

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Changes in self-esteem and confidence

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Improve physical skills

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Increase motivation for learning and improve concentration

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Co-operation as part of a team teaches children to be aware of others

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Improve language and communication skills

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Improve relationship with and understanding of the outdoors

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Enhance numeracy and literacy skills

join us


IFSA Spring 2023 Webinars

Monday Feb 27th  7-8pm

Storytelling with Clare Murphy
‘Self, Story & Sovereignty’

Monday March 13th  7-8 pm

Reconnecting the Regions
Follow up on the Autumn Gathering

Monday March 27th

Internationally renowned
nature connection mentor
Mark Morey 


IFSA Annual Gathering and AGM  

Sat/Sun 10th-11th June. Venue TBC
€15 for current IFSA members
€20 for current trainees (includes IFSA membership until May 2023)
€35 for non-members (includes IFSA membership until May 2023)

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Our second tree of the week is this beautiful mighty beech tree in Barna Woods, Galway. Carol from Down to Earth Forest School brings in the Irish language to connect with Mamo.🍃🌿#treecouncilofireland #treeweek2023 #forestschool #forestschoolireland #irishforestschoolassociation ... See MoreSee Less
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IFSA thanks The Heritage Council for their continued support