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Forest Schools

Forest Schools are an exciting and inspirational experience for our children.

They encourage them to:

  • work as part of a team
  • build confidence and self-esteem
  • explore all senses
  • develop communication skills

Working in partnership with Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA), we're inviting schools and youth groups into our parks to take part in our Forest Schools Programme.

We currently run 2 Forest School programmes at Hill of The O’Neill Heritage Park and Dungannon Park.

In our Forest Schools, school children/youth groups are able to undertake innovative activities to help them understand the importance of the natural environment and local heritage.

There are 2 Forest School Programme options available:

  • At Hill of the O’Neill Heritage Park, teachers & school staff are able to undertake a Forest School Leader OCN Level 3 qualification. Schools taking part in this programme are led by Brian Poots, NIFSA, and will have 6 visits during the school year.
  • In Dungannon Park , schools/youth groups are invited to come along to the Forest School session tailored for each group’s requirements, up to a maximum of 6 visits per school year. Sessions are led by fully qualified Parks staff.

At either site children will be enabled to develop greater environmental awareness and be encouraged to become active and responsible citizens.


Forest Schools contribute to the Curriculum in the areas of: 

Language and Literacy: Talking and Listening; Reading; Writing

Mathematics and Numeracy: Number; Measures; Shape and Space

The World Around Us: Science and Technology

TS and PC: Working With Others

Statutory Requirements: Place; Change Over Time


For further information please contact:

Hill of the O’Neill Heritage Park

Education Officer – peter.lant@midulstercouncil.org

028 8772 8600 - option 5


Dungannon Park

Parks & Countryside Development Officer


028 8772 8690