Forest School Spring Sessions

Booking is now open for our next set of Forest School sessions aimed at 2-5 year olds in Rowntree Park.

Friday 28th of February-  3rd April 2020  10am-11.30am

Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance – see below

Magical moments being nurtured in nature

It is so important for children, and adults, to spend time outdoors in nature. Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors.  It is a specialised approach that is learner centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child.  Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set in nature.

We provide the setting and a range of activities and resources.  The sessions are child-led and they can explore what interests them, facilitated by our qualified Forest School Practitioner, Christine.  In our woodland area we have hammocks, slacklines and other similar equipment set up in each session.  Each week will have focus activities such as foraging, campfire cooking, mini-beast hunts, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, weaving,  and natural paint making and more.

Child-led learning and exploration

Rowntree Park Forest School will be themed around a nature topic but essentially child-led so they will evolve naturally according to individual children’s interests and abilities.  There will be lots of time for free play and exploration of the individual’s interests as well as focused activities.

Time to develop, connect and grow

Forest School’s ethos recommends a range of continuous sessions rather than one-off ad hoc sessions, therefore we are offering a six-week course aimed at preschoolers (2-5 year olds).  Homeschoolers are also welcome.

Due to the nature of the activities, places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Parents stay and engage with their children and learning at the sessions – fun, relaxing, mindfulness for all!

Members – £36 Non Members – £42
Forest School 6 week sessions – starting Friday 28th of February BUY BUY

Save money on the sessions AND help your local park?

You can become a member of Friends of Rowntree Park for just £5 a year per household.  For this, you get discounts at our events, monthly newsletters, 10% off in the cafe for the year whilst helping support our volunteer work in maintaining and improving Rowntree Park.  You can join here:

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

If you would like further details about membership or Forest School sessions, then please get in contact with Abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

 


Big Kids Forest School 2020

2020 is on the way and we are getting organised! Join us for a Saturday Forest school/bushcraft session aimed at children aged 6 and over. We have two dates currently available. Join us for one or both!

Saturday 18th of January 1-2.30pm

Saturday 15th of February 1-2.30pm

Saturday 21st of March 1-2.30pm

Places for April will be available from mid-February 2020

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We started running these sessions in September 2019 and they have proved very popular.  The sessions have continued to run each month and tend to sell out.  The sessions will get children outdoors and engaging with nature. Sessions will include a mix of:

  • Fire lighting and campfire cooking
  • Bushcrafts – using tools, knives, drills and saws to create
  • Nature based arts and crafts

Each session will have a particular focus.  You are welcome to attend a session as a one-off or come as often as you’d like.

All sessions include hot chocolate and marshmallows (or suitable alternatives) that the children will make on the open fire or using the Kelly Kettle.

The sessions will take a Forest School approach – Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors. It is a specialised approach that is learner-centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child. Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages- children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set within nature.

The sessions are run by our forest school trained volunteer Christine. All very reasonably priced for experiences that are utterly priceless! All profit goes back into our volunteer work in maintaining and improving the park too!

Only  £6 for members and £7 for non-members.

Not a member? You can join for just £5 a year. Not only would you be helping our volunteer work in the park, but you also get a discount to all our events and 10% off in the cafe for the year. Join before booking your place – it comes straight through, so go ahead and buy a members place!

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

Places are strictly limited, so book your place using the link below:

Members ticket 18th January 2020 (£6) SOLD OUT
Non-Members Ticket January 2020 (£7) SOLD OUT
Members ticket 15th February 2020 (£6) SOLD OUT
Non Members Ticket 15th February 2020 (£7) SOLD OUT
Members ticket 21st March 2020 (£6) SOLD OUT
Non Members Ticket 21st March 2020 (£7) SOLD OUT

 

Important info

Tickets are non-refundable but you are welcome to sell your ticket if you get the buyer to contact us.

There is no physical ticket – Paypal confirms and we will send you an email within a week of payment. Any questions then please email – (abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk)

The sessions are aimed at children 6+ and they should be accompanied by an adult. No adult ticket is needed.   Your child is welcome to come with another adult who has other children at the event.  If you need to bring a younger sibling along, just let us know.  They are welcome to come but will not be able to use the resources.  If you’d like them to use resources then please buy them a ticket. They would need to remain under your strict supervision as we aim our sessions at older children.

 


Photograph Competition 2019

A huge thank you to all who entered our Photograph competition that closed at the end of October 2019.  We had a lovely range of images showing different aspects of the park.  All finalists images will go into a display to be hosted in Rowntree Park reading cafe at the start of 2020.

All finalists also get a 12×8 print of their image.  Prints are also available to buy for just £3 – all money raised goes toward our volunteer work in the park.

You can see the images of the finalists below.

 

The names of the finalists are: Jane Dickins (reflection and lychgate), Barney Sharatt (ducks, mercury’s head, and mercury in shadows) Helen Barlow (squirrel), David Thomas (gates and horse), Victoria Hughes (ballerina and bubble), Sophie Hillier (park cafe, ducks, swan) Theo Hughes age 5 (ladybird on apple).

The overall winning image, chosen by our judges was by  David Thomas of ‘The Horse’ and he will receive a voucher for the cafe.  The runner up was by Barney Sharratt of Mercury in shadow.  A huge thank you to all who entered.  No specific skill or cameras were needed, just a willingness to share your lovely pictures of the park. We love these images.


Forest School Sessions – 2-5 year olds

Booking is now open for our second set of Forest School sessions aimed at 2-5 year olds in Rowntree Park.

Friday 8th of November to Friday 13th of December 2019 10am-11.30am

Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance – see below

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Magical moments being nurtured in nature

It is so important for children, and adults, to spend time outdoors in nature. Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors.  It is a specialised approach that is learner centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child.  Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set in nature.

Sessions will include: Den building, foraging, campfire cooking, mini-beast hunts, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling and natural paint making and more – all run by  Christine, our Very Young Friends group leader, who has taken her official training to be able to offer these amazing sessions that are exceptional value for money.

Child-led learning and exploration

Rowntree Park Forest School will be themed around a nature topic but essentially child-led so they will evolve naturally according to individual children’s interests and abilities.  There will be lots of time for free play and exploration of the individual’s interests as well as focused activities.

Time to develop, connect and grow

Forest School’s ethos recommends a range of continuous sessions rather than one-off ad hoc sessions, therefore we are offering a six-week course aimed at preschoolers (2-5 year olds).  Homeschoolers are also welcome.

The six-week block begins on Friday 8th November and the last session is Friday 13th December.  Each session runs from 10am-11.30am

Due to the nature of the activities, places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Parents stay and engage with their children and learning at the sessions – fun, relaxing, mindfulness for all!

Members – £36 Non Members – £42
Forest School 6 week sessions – starting Friday 8th of November BUY BUY

Save money on the sessions AND help your local park?

You can become a member of Friends of Rowntree Park for just £5 a year per household.  For this, you get discounts at our events, monthly newsletters, 10% off in the cafe for the year whilst helping support our volunteer work in maintaining and improving Rowntree Park.  You can join here:

http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

If you would like further details about membership or Forest School sessions, then please get in contact with Abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

 


Rowntree Park History Project

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Rowntree Park is so important to many of us, and a great place to spend time together as a family, relax and unwind.  The park has changed many times over the years since it’s opening in 1921.  We are inviting children aged 6-13 (approx) to join us for an interactive History session about the park where we can explore it’s past, present and possibly it’s future.

The session will lead to children starting to plan a way they’d like to share their findings with the public.  This may be a though a piece of art, a story, a poem or making a short film.  Their work will be displayed in the cafe and used on social media (films).

This is a session for children to really get to know their local park and what it has meant to people over time – they can find out about the music that used to happen weekly, the aviary, the swimming pool, the boating lake, the colourful characters that were the park keepers and more!

The session takes place on Sunday 24th of March 10-11.30am in Rowntree Park  Cafe.  The ticket price includes a drink and a pastry for children.  All events are run by volunteers, and children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers.  Abigail who is running this event, and involved in many of our children’s events, is a qualified teacher (history specialism).  Parents can have a relax in the cafe whilst the session is on – a perfect Sunday morning!

History Project Members Ticket -£5 Buy Now
History Project Non-Members ticket – £6.50 Buy Now

Not already a member?  You can join Friends of Rowntree Park for just £5 a year per household.  As well as priority/discount entry to events, you also get 10% off at the cafe for the year, monthly newsletters and the knowledge you are supporting our volunteer work in the park.

Join today! http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

Any questions regarding the project, please email Abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

Tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to sell your ticket on – but please let us know who it goes to so we can get in contact.

*Pictures courtesy of ‘Ruby Florence Lea’ and York Press archives.

 


The Dawn Chorus – Bird and Breakfast Event

Join us to hear the dawn chorus in Rowntree Park on Saturday 6th of April 6am-7.30am.

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We are running a one-off special event to hear the sounds of the day starting.  We will watch and listen to birds, there will be some additional activities for children,  a stove to keep us warm and we will be cooking breakfast over the fire. A perfect start to a Spring day!

Bring a chair and a blanket and we (and nature) will do the rest!

The event is open to all ages and there are discount tickets for Friends of Rowntree Park members.  Single people, friends, families – all welcome! Bring your own binoculars or borrow some of ours.

We will meet at the Cameron Grove Gate entrance to the park at 6am.  Tickets must be booked in advance via the links below.

Members single Ticket -£4 SOLD OUT
Members Family Ticket – £14 SOLD OUT
Non -Members single Ticket -£5 SOLD OUT
Non-Members Family Ticket – £16 SOLD OUT

*Family ticket is 2 adults and 2 children under 18 or 1 adult and 3 children

Once you have paid you will receive an instant confirmation from Paypal and within a week a confirmation from us. Tickets are non-refundable but if you resell your ticket, please provide details to us.

Breakfast includes a bacon or sausage sandwich and a hot drink – cooked outdoors!  Vegetarian options are available and other allergies/intolerances may be accounted for – but please email before purchasing a ticket.

All events are run by volunteers (with appropriate training and skills)  and any profit made from our events goes back into the maintenance and improvements in the park.

Please email membership@rowntreepark.org.uk for further details.

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Scarecrow Trail Weekend

The Friends of Rowntree Park hosted our first ‘Scarecrow Trail’ over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July 2018, and what a fabulous weekend it was!  The theme was ‘children’s stories’ and the trail took people around the streets neighbouring the park.  The local community produced some wonderful, inventive and awe-inspiring offerings.  To name but a few, we had; Room on the Broom, Meg, Mog and Owl, Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, The Iron Giant, Miffy, Mr Big, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Willy Wonka, Gangster Granny, The Boy in the Dress, Snail and the Whale, the Scarecrows Wedding and so many more!

 

We had 35 houses involved and this included the main trail and a ‘little legs’ trail for smaller children.  At each house, the scarecrow had a question to be answered. Then those completing the trail sheet voted for their favourite scarecrow and got a sticker!

In the park, we had some stalls and children’s activities which included water play, perfect for very hot toddlers!  Two winners were drawn at random for prizes that included vouchers for the Reading Cafe in Rowntree Park.  We also had a prize for guess the name of the scarecrow.

Overall we had a fabulous weekend and we have heard people plotting what scarecrow they’d make if we were to do it again next year.  We have raised just under £500 and this money will go towards our current projects which include more signage/notices for the park with regard to flowers and wildlife and improvements to the wildlife pond.

A huge thanks to everyone who took part, helped and came along and did the trail.