Our Vision.

That engaged learning, delivered humanely, will be the norm for learners of all ages in New Zealand.



Our Mission.

To offer kindly, learner centric experiences in nature based settings to support positive transformations in self, place, and culture.

Our Values.






Special Character Statement

The Forest School is a learner centric organisation, operating within an ethos of environmental awareness and entrepreneurial skill.

We present outdoor learning and adventure opportunities to adults and school-age students via:

  • cross curricular thematic units structured around active, emotive, cognitive, and introspective challenges,

  • personalised core academic learning, and

  • sustainable, educational technology (SET) projects.

The Forest School

Free Range Learning.

Inspiring People
+ Research

Dr Peter Gray

Founder of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, Psychologist, research professor, author and advocate of free play.

 The Decline of Play

Freedom to Learn

What is Self-Directed Education?

Self-Directed Learning Fundamentals

Professor Adele Diamond

Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Adele Diamond is at the forefront of research on executive functions.

What Are Executive Functions?

How to Help Children Develop Executive Functions

Turning Some Ideas On Their Heads

Dr Thomas Armstrong

Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, award-winning author, speaker and educator for over forty years.

 The Best Schools

Progressive Education

Institute for Learning and Human Development Resources

Professor Welby Ings

Teacher of 40 years, award winning designer, filmmaker and professor at AUT, Welby Ings is an international consultant on issues of creativity and learning.

Disobedient Thinking

The productively disobedient teacher

Professor Welby Ings helps students 'believe in themselves'

Disobedient Teaching: Surviving and creating change in education

The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.
— Sir Ken Robinson