We are excited to announce that Forest School sessions for children are coming to Rowntree Park this Autumn, starting on Friday 13th of September. Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.
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 within 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.
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 13th of September and lasts session is Friday 25th of October (see note below). Each session runs from 10am-12pm.
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!
UPDATE – this first set of sessions sold out in just a week. Therefore if you are interested in hearing about future sessions, please email us and you will be the first to hear about any future dates. Contact our volunteer abigail at firstname.lastname@example.org who handles admin/bookings.
|Members – £36||Non Members – £42|
|Forest School 6 week sessions – 13/9, 20/9, 4/10,11/10, 18/10, 25/10
(note no session on 27/9)
|SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
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:
If you would like further details about membership or Forest School sessions then please get in contact with Abigail at email@example.com
We care about our local wildlife and know you do too! The park has a vibrant mix of birds, animals and insects and we love them all! Come along to our Wild Life Day in Rowntree Park to find out more about the types of wildlife we have in the park and engage with our range of family-friendly activities.
The event will run between 12-3pm on Sunday 9th of June and is free to attend. We have a range of groups coming with information and activities including:
- Owl adventures who will run some displays
- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
- Butterfly conservation trust
- St Nicks
- Bumblebee conservation trust
- The conservation volunteers [TCV]
- East Yorkshire Bat Group
- Askham Bryan wildlife and conservation park
- Hedgehog group
- King of the Birds Trail
- More TBC
There will be a range of ‘drop-in’ children’s activities including (minimal charges may apply):
- Wild Art
- Bee finger puppets
- Bee walk
- Bird feeder making
- More TBC
In addition, we are running Pond Dipping sessions*. The Pond Dipping sessions need booking in advance as numbers are strictly limited for this popular event:
|Members Ticket – £2||Non Members ticket – £3|
|12pm-12.45pm||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
*Parents/careers are expected to stay with their children at all times, but tickets are only needed for the children involved in the event. Most suited to 2-13-year-olds (approx)
There is no physical ticket. You have your Paypal receipt and we have a list of names. We will email you a few days before the event with details on where and when to meet.
The main event will take place on the large field near the playparks. This event has been organised by Friend of Rowntree Park. We are a group of volunteers who care about the park and community. The event is non-profit making and any money made/donated goes back into the park. We appreciate your support and know you share our love of the park and its wildlife.
Please see our Facebook events page for updates.
Park location – YO23 1JQ
There is a cafe on site run by York Explore (with toilets) and also a toilet block near our location. It is advised to bring a picnic as the cafe may be very busy. Alternatively, Bishopthorpe Rd shops are nearby for food and Cycle Heaven cafe (across the Millenium Bridge) – all within 5 mins walk.
The carpark at the park is small and there are council parking charges. You can walk to the park from town (15 mins) or get a Bus to Bishopthorpe Rd. You can access the park from Bishopthorpe road via Clementhorpe, Vine Street, Charlton Street, Richardson Street, Cameron Grove, and Butcher Terrace. In addition, across the Millennium Bridge from Fulford.
If any other wildlife-related groups are interested in being involved, or you require further information – contact Ruth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Friends of Rowntree Park – Art Event
(NB-It is possible the session may run over slightly but no longer than 11.30am).
* Non-members ticket links will become live on Jan 15th. Can’t wait? Become a member today using the link below and then buy a member’s ticket.http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership
It’s been a wonderful half term in the park – glorious weather, lots of people out and about, and the Young Friends of Rowntree Park hosted a ‘Boat Making’ activity!
Making the most of our park recycling, our young engineers set to work trying to create crafts that float. It was wonderful to see the problem solving and creativity that went on. Some fantastic designs and ideas – some more practical than others! Our Young Friends tested their boats out and watched to see if they floated. It was fantastic to see some resilient builders who assessed why their boats were not working as they hoped, and went back to the creation station to remedy this and modify their designs.
This event was run by our ‘Young Friend’ volunteers Abigail, Christine and Ruth. Over 60 children came and all the money raised will go back into the park.
The next Young Friends event is Den Building on Saturday the 2nd of June, followed by The Very Young Friends (0-5-year-olds) monthly meet up on Thursday 7th of June at 10am where they will be learning all about bees! All activities designed and organised by the Young Friends of Rowntree park are created for the whole family to get involved. Please see Facebook for up to date information on planned events.
All Young Friends events offer a discount or free entry to Friends of Rowntree Park households. To join fr just £5 a year please go to http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership or email email@example.com for further details.
What an amazing start our ‘Nature Ninjas’ have had! This new after-school club has been running a few weeks now and it is proving to be lots of fun! Our Younger Friends of Rowntree Park have been trying out a variety of nature-based activities including den building, pond dipping, bug hunting and making birds nests. There is still a lot more to come throughout this half term – we can’t wait!
The club of 15 children meet weekly on a Thursday after school. If you are interested in your child coming along to future Nature Ninja sessions that may run next half term, get in touch with the Young Friends via Facebook or via firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest.
All our events are run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping run and/or organise children’s events, we’d love to hear from you.
The Young Friends also run monthly one-off events, more details can be found on Facebook.
As a new venture for the Young Friends, we’re offering art workshops for children, on Saturday mornings, starting this Saturday, November the 9th. This week, Liz Collier, an exciting local artist, is going to be leading a session based on doodling. The sessions are totally FREE to Friends, and only £2 for others. 10am to 11.30 at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe. Suitable for all primary-age children. Booking essential; please email email@example.com or phone 0758 290 2018.