Forest Explorers

The Forest Explorers project for children aged 4-9yrs & 9-13yrs will help inspire young people to understand and  appreciate their local area, making the connections between all the elements of the Forest clearer through sociable and fun activities.  The project seeks to encourage a much closer understanding, connection and engagement of young people in the Forest of Dean with their local special area – its nature, heritage and culture.

How to Get Involved:


  • Volunteer to lead events and work with children and young people.
  • Training  for volunteers is likely to include First Aid, Health & Safety and Child safety and welfare training as well as attending either RSPB Wildlife Explorers or GWT Wildlife Watch training events.

If you would like to get involved in this project, please contact

Forest Voluntary Action Forum  tel:  01594 822073 email:

Before November 2016 this project will:

  • Recruit and train volunteers to help with themed events.
  • Develop links and network of local experts (naturalists, verderers, local historians, freeminers) who would be interested in sharing their knowledge of the Forest with children and young people

From 2017-2022 the project will:

  • Lead monthly events for families and young children, including conservation, cultural heritage and art themes
  • Support the volunteers recruited and trained in the Development phase and continue a programme of recruiting and training new volunteers
  • Develop interpretative material, particularly aimed at young people

Project leads:

Hannah Morton - Tel: 01594 562852 Email:

Rosie Kelsall - Tel: 07901711852 Email:


Forest Explorers