Forest Days

Introduction to BHHT’s Forest Days Program 

for Local Schools

Forest Days is a program that BHHT piloted at the Surry Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. We worked with Kindergarten and First Grade for 1-2 hours every week all year long, building resilience in changing weather and relationships with each other and the natural world. We offer this program to any school on the peninsula and hope that teachers will work with us for school year and then take on this program themselves as a regular part of their curriculum every year.

Relationships are at the heart of this approach. The 3 agreements that we discuss and take seriously each session are: “take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of the forest.” The curriculum is emergent, which means it is led by participant’s curiosity and wonder, and appropriate and supervised risk taking is encouraged to build confidence and skill. Play, exploration, and movement are central to learning and so is emotional and social development. The program strives to provide a space to improve the wellbeing of the participants and the environment.

CLICK HERE to see our Forest Days Brochure as a PDF

 

Read Blog Posts about Forest Days

 

Storytelling at Forest Days

 

Environmental Education and Magic in the Mud Kitchen

 

Celebrating Acorns

 

Stories and Reflections from Forest Days at Surry School

 

 

 

 

 

Place-Based Storytelling Resources 

 

Stories and Curricular Connections

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER RESOURCES to Check out:

 

 

 

Forest Days Professional Learning Program 2020-2021

 

 

Teacher Workshops 2022