Exeter Schools Project - People's Postcode Lottery

Emily Bacon Emily Bacon from People's Postcode Lottery

Our Forest School and outdoor learning sessions provide unique experiences that can improve children's self-esteem, confidence and abilities

Thanks to the support of the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, DWT has been able to employ an Education Assistant to deliver an inspiring range of Forest School and outdoor learning experiences to children in Exeter.

Emily Bacon has taken on this year-long role, with a mission to reach out to 6,500 children across the city.

Emily Bacon Devon Wildlife TrustWhat is Forest School?

Forest School is a unique outdoor learning programme, that enables individuals to learn and explore in the richest of classrooms- the outdoors. Being outdoors has many proven benefits such as those to health, social and emotional well-being.  

Forest School activities encourage individuals to build self-esteem, confidence, and resilience through encouraging participants to lead their own learning. The outdoor environment also offers learners the opportunity to take risks in the outdoor world, enabling them to develop problem solving skills.

Not only does Forest School have benefits to its participants but it can also have a positive effect on the environment - by enabling others to gain knowledge and enjoy the natural world may in turn secure the future for helping to protect it.


Wild activities

  • Basic bush craft skills: den building, fire lighting, use of tools
  • Nature detective skills: walks, pond dipping, bug hunting, bird watching 
  • Creativity: natural art, storytelling, woodcraft
  • Team challenges and games

Forest School - Devon Wildlife TrustTo who? 

Schools: Opportunities for schools can include Forest School or outdoor learning sessions tailored to the curriculum and your requirements. These can include multiple visits to your grounds, whilst we provide the equipment. Please note: this is only available to schools within Exeter.

After School Clubs: Forest School after school is a brilliant way to end the school day. We will provide the equipment just get in touch to find out more!

Community groups: Mixture of Forest School Activities, nature detecting skills and wildlife themed games tailored to meet your requirements. Small donation charge dependent on activities and location.

Holiday clubs: Exciting Forest School themed holiday clubs to run throughout the summer. Activities will include bush craft skills, games, nature detecting and something creative. Prices to be announced. Keep an eye on our events page, or email for more info.

Contact Emily Bacon for more information ebacon@devonwildlifetrust.org

How People's Postcode Lottery works

The Wildlife Trusts are very lucky to receive generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

People's Postcode LotteryPeople's Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery in Great Britain where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes whilst raising money for charities. A minimum of 30% from every £2 ticket goes directly to good causes like us.

In 2017 The Wildlife Trusts have been fortunate to receive £2.4million in funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support our work across England, Scotland and Wales.

People’s Postcode Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission, for more information please click here.