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Wildcat Learning

Outdoor Learning that Makes a Difference

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Our Mission

I am passionate about helping every person experience the positive impact of spending time outdoors.  Whether your aim is increased knowledge about the natural world, to meet a specific training goal, to improve your mental health and wellbeing or simply gain a deeper connection with your surroundings, I can help you.

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Glade Trust, Kirkby Fleetham

Starting 15th November

Take the next step in your Forest School journey and qualify as a Forest School Assistant.

This fun and informative course will take place over 5 consecutive Wednesdays. Practical skills will include woodland species ID, fire safety and shelter building, alongside input on the philosophy and ethos of the Forest School approach to learning and play.

The course will be delivered by an experienced Forest School Leader, who will be on hand to provide remote support for up to a year as you complete a portfolio of evidence to achieve your qualification.

Autumn Nature Connection Day

Hazel Brow Farm, Swaledale

A day of Autumnal activities designed to help you connect with and understand the natural environment. 

Nature identification, natural crafts, mindfulness and bushcraft will help you gain a richer experience of Swaledale and reimagine your relationship with the natural world. 

This day includes a guided walk and campfire.

Beginners' Birdwatching Day 

Hazel Brow Farm, Swaledale

 Lockdown taught us the benefits to body, mind and soul that come from tuning into birds.  Getting started, however, can be daunting… 


Which binoculars should you get?  Which bird book is the best?  Do you need special equipment or to visit certain places? 


Let me demystify bird watching and give you the confidence you need to embark on a life-long passion!   

I am amazed at the progress in confidence and independence my EYFS and KS1 children have made in just half a term of Forest School.

Mrs Smith Burrows, EYFS Teacher

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The children clearly loved their Forest School experience, many siting it as the highlight of their week. The children’s confidence grew throughout the weeks and they enjoyed taking ownership in the tasks and activities. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the experience, I learned lots too!


Our children have benefitted immensely from using ‘nature’s own classroom’. Their teamwork and problem solving skills have improved along with a greater understanding of their local environment. Their weekly enthusiastic feedback is a testament to this!

KS2 Teacher

I wanted to say thank you for all the organising and expert tuition you have given this year.  I know I'm relatively inexperienced but I have enjoyed the meetings, the social aspect and the activities immensely. 


We have incorporated Forest Schools, seamlessly, into our curriculum through Kat’s hard work and excellent organisation.  Kat liaised effectively with local landowners to find an appropriate site.  She has diligently ensured all aspects of risk assessment, Health and Safety and relevant insurances were in place.  Forest Schools has been a very positive experience for all our pupils and a super use of Sports Premium funding to boot.

Mr Watson, Headteacher

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