myForest for Education has been developed as a new feature in the recently-launched myForest version 3.0. In designing and building myForest for Education, we consulted closely with more than 100 Forest School Leaders, environmental educators and teachers who participated in early trials and contributed ideas.
The outcome is myForest for Education – an easy-to-use and free online application that enables any educator, or young person, to generate straightforward woodland management plans, maps and ecological impact assessments for woodland sites and school grounds.
- Forest School Leaders undertaking Level 3 training users can produce a Forest School site management plan and ecological impact assessment.
- Educators using any school grounds, woodland site or other outdoor space in the UK can create printable maps with features and labels.
- Responsive design, which means it fits the size of the screen you are using, making it easy to use with tablets and laptops.
- Guidance throughout using ‘context-sensitive’ help.
Sylva Foundation’s Education Manager Jen Hurst said,
“myForest for Education creates a bridge between the worlds of forestry and education, and it will increase engagement of educators and young people in real life sustainable forest management”.
myForest for Education training workshops are currently being planned at several locations across the UK. They will be targeted at Forest School Leaders, environmental educators or teachers interested learning more about the power of myForest for Education. More information will be posted here soon.
We are grateful to our partners the Oxfordshire Forest School Service, based at Hill End Centre near Oxford, and the national Forest School Association for their input and for providing opportunities to run consultation and training workshops with educators.
You can also email Jen Hurst for more information
We are indebted to the Patsy Wood Trust for supporting the appointment of Sylva’s Education Manager, and the development of the myForest for Education application.