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Forest Schools

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

Family Forest School Drop-In Events 2024

Drop-in sessions are free of charge and no booking is required. All sessions run from 1pm to 4pm and are suitable for nursery and primary school ages. 

  • Sunday 26 May at Dungannon Park 

  • Sunday 30 June at Knockmany Forest 

  • Sunday 28 July at Pomeroy Forest 

  • Sunday 25 August at Ballyronan Wood 

For enquires about our Family Forest School sessions email or call 028 8772 8690.

Forest School Programmes

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

Hill of The O'Neill Heritage Park

Teachers and 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.

Contact: Education Officer 
T: 028 8772 8600 (option 5)

Dungannon Park

Schools and youth groups are invited to come along to the Forest School session tailored for each group’s requirements, up to a maximum of 4 sessions per school year. Sessions are led by fully qualified Parks staff.

Contact: Recreation and Countryside Officer
T: 028 8772 8690