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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.

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: Peter Lant, Education Officer 
T: 028 8772 8600 (option 5)

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.

Contact: Anne Reid, Parks & Countryside Development Officer  
T: 028 8772 8690



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