Free to Learn


Outdoor education groups.

Our “Free to Learn’’ Home education groups are a unique and exciting opportunity for young people to fully engage and learn in nature. 

“Project Re-wild are amazing at what they do , my kids are loving connecting with nature and feeling part of a tribe. There are so many “forest schools” out there nowadays, but this is so much more than that , it’s about genuinely connecting with the earth and others. We are so lucky that we discovered Re-Wilding” Free to Learn parent November 2018

Participants will be dropped off and left with our qualified and experienced staff team. We aim to create safe and secure environments in which we can empower and entrust participants to explore and push their own physical and emotional capabilities. we want to bring the outdoors alive in ways that will in turn inspire participants to want to continue their own learning journey.

We have two Free to Learn groups available in 2019:

·       Free to Learn: Woodland education group – Mondays 10am-3pm

·       Free to Learn: Nature discovery group – Thursdays 10am – 1pm

Woodland Education Group:

Our hugely popular woodland group returns in 2019, allowing children to be fully immersed in our magnificent ancient woodland site.

The group includes:

  • Conservation and woodland management: Participants will engage in ongoing environmental education, gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of ecology and bio diversity. They will learn woodland management and conservation skills, including tree felling and habitat creation

  • Advanced Bushcraft and primitive living skills: Traditional fire lighting skills, foraging, campfire cooking, traditional tool making, green woodworking, survival kills, natural cordage and woodcraft

  • Nature connection and community development: Throughout the course we will explore a range of nature connection activities including mindfulness and basic nature philosophy, to help create close and trusting relationships within the group and with the wider environment. We aim to create a community in which all individuals feel valued and supported socially and emotionally. We will also encourage all participants to review, reflect, and share their own learning journey regularly.

  • John Muir Award: Participants will work towards an accredited John Muir conservation award.

Who?  Children aged 8-16 years.

Due to the nature of the wilderness site and the activities offered participants must have a certain level of physical capability. Students must also be able to spend the day away from parents, we can offer some support with this, younger children will be considered – please contact us to discuss individual needs further. 

Where are we?  Pennywort Wood, Staplecross, East Sussex TN32 5QA 

When?  Sessions are 10am – 3pm every Monday (term time only). 

Cost? £25 per child each session, Siblings £20

Payment for each term is to be made upfront. We are able to tailor individual payment plans where necessary. If cost is a barrier please contact us to discuss this 

Advance booking is essential due to limited numbers.  

Nature Discovery Group:

A group for younger children to learn play and grow in nature

  • Discover, explore, and learn about the wonderful local wild spaces in and around Hastings and St Leonards. These will include Alexandra park, the seafront, and local woodlands.

  • Develop understanding of human impact on our world through hands on experience and engagement with natural habitats

  • Increase connection and awareness with nature through art, creativity, and play

  • Learn outdoor skills such a fire lighting, and nature crafts

  • Increase confidence, happiness and self esteem

  • Meet new people, and make friends, Play Free and Be Wild!

Who? Children ages 4 – 8 years

If required parents are able to remain with children to support them with this group. Older siblings may also be able to join, please contact us to discuss individual needs.

Where? We will be starting this group in Alexandra Park, Hastings. Parents will be informed when we use different natural spaces.

Cost? - £20 per child

Payment for each term is to be made upfront. We are able to tailor individual payment plans where necessary. If cost is a barrier please contact us to discuss this.

Advanced booking is essential due to limited numbers.