Outdoor Educator Training 
- 21st century skills through forest school method
An introduction to forest school and outdoor learning
- Scandinavian approach

The programme will uncover the secrets of the famous and proven successful Finnish approach, as well as introduce the emerging concept of skills our children would better have to fit the world of tomorrow – the 21st century skills model by the World Economic Forum.

So the present educator training course is practically oriented to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience among educators and practitioners of different nationalities and backgrounds. Observing, experiencing and experimenting in specific situations encourages to think, consult, question, research, study and practice in order to go back to practice with more baggage.

In each session you will:

• Learn new ideas
• Review and reflect on key ideas from the previous session
• Plan for trying and/or fully implementing course ideas in the classroom
• Work on a project or curriculum unit
• Reflect and share feedback with a coach and peers

Day schedule

02.06    12:00 - 14:45      Session 1: An introduction to the 21st century skills                                           model and Scandinavian forest school practice

             15:15 - 18:00      Session 2: Particular 21st century skills

09.06    12:00 - 14:45      Session 3: Forest and outdoor Schooling

             15:15 - 18:00      Session 4: Conclusions



Applicants need to demonstrate:

  • strong commitment to teaching and learning and show that they are inspiring individuals with strong interpersonal skills, who are role models for students

  • a commitment to professional development and the ability to truly reflect on their practice, including using student feedback to evaluate the impact of their teaching

  • a willingness to develop their ability to influence and empower peers to excel


The goals of the BOS Outdoor Educator training programme are:

  • to introduce the Finnish forest and outdoor school model, as well as the WEF 21st century skills framework

  • to support educators’ professional development in the field of the forest and outdoor school method

  • to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience among educators and practitioners of different nationalities and backgrounds

  • to stimulate activities related to the popularisation of outdoor and nature based learning within and beyond the classroom

  • to help BOS establish closer links with practitioners and schools all around the world

  • to enlarge the pool of knowledgeable outdoor learning practitioners to support creation of a professional network


The BOS Outdoor Educator training:

  • provides students with in-depth reflection, tailored to a self-assessment of learning and teaching practices. It provides opportunities to deepen the meaning of high-quality learning experience, as well as to gain their understanding of the Scandinavian outdoor and forest school method;

  • allows participants to improve their teaching through facilitated practice, observation of colleagues and working with 'live' students;

  • supports a wider range of teaching activities, including: activity planning, plenary sessions, questioning techniques, engaging in learning, challenging learning, assessment and differentiation strategies;

  • builds confidence of staff to become used to group observations and adopt a positive "can do" attitude.

This course is not linked to a degree program. Academic credit is not available. You will be eligible for a following certificate procedure upon successful completion:

1. Theory/attendance only (no certificate)

2. Outdoor Educator training theory certification: theory + assignments

3. Outdoor Educator training complete certification: theory (completed assignments) + 80h practice at BOS

When? Saturdays 2nd and 9th June 2018 from 12:00 to 18:00.

Where? BOS, rue du Rouge-Cloître 4, 1160 Auderghem

Who? Everyone


350 EUR (standard fee)

250 EUR (for BOS parents and volunteers)


SPECIAL OFFER for Mother’s Day and International Day of Families 15 May!

To celebrate family values we are offering a 20% discount (valid till 29 May) for all applicants.

= 280 EUR

= 200 EUR (for BOS parents and volunteers)

Come with a friend: 40 EUR discount each (cumulative with the special offer)

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