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

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We are delighted to open bookings for the upcoming IFSA regional seminars, over the following dates 21st, 22nd and 29th October. 

These regional events are open to all. 

The cost to members and current Forest School trainees is €15 and non-members €35. 

You may attend more than one event and in whatever region you wish.

Irish Level 6 Certificate in Forest School Leadership validated by QQI

Two courses are starting in October 2023. 

Visit the link below to get all the information you need, read more about Forest School Leadership and to register your interest in the next training courses.

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Meet and get to know our Forest School Community!🌿.It's Friday which means it is : ‘Forest School Friday’ and we are going to introduce you to another fabulous member of our community!.Our next forest school for you to meet is Seed Scholars run by Eliya in Collinstown, Co. Westmeath.🌿Have a read at how she got involved in forest school and follow along each Friday to meet other forest schools in our community..#forestschoolcommunity #irishforestschoolassociation #forestschoolfriday #forestschoolassociation #naturegamesforkids ... See MoreSee Less
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IFSA thanks The Heritage Council for their continued support