About Us

Wood Learn Forest School was established on the Isle of Wight in February 2010. It is the first independent organisation of its type to operate on the Island.

Wood Learn Forest School work with schools, youth organisations and private individuals to deliver specially tailored forest or beach school programmes and 'bushcraft' activities for children, and adults, of all ages and abilities.

We also welcome companies seeking an alternative to 'run of the mill' team-building experiences.

Geoff Mason, APIOL, the company director and forest school leader, worked for many years within the trade union movement before moving into psychology and the delivery of offending behaviour programmes to prison inmates. He is now committed to bringing his love of the outdoors to as wide an audience as possible (and working in a forest really beats working behind bars!).

Geoff is an accredited practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, a qualified Forest School Practitioner, has achieved the certificate in Bushcraft for Practitioners, was the first qualified Beach School Practitioner on the Isle of Wight (and now trains adults in this qualification), holds a certificate in outdoor activity first aid (with paediatrics) and has enhanced DBS clearance. He additionally holds the Award in Education and Training which means he can also teach adults in a formal learning environment.

Wood Learn Forest School Limited is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and covered by £10million public liability insurance. We are serious professionals delivering a fun and engaging service.

Wood Learn is licensed by, and works with, the Forestry Commission and The Woodland Trust to use their forests on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

In April 2013 Wood Learn began working with The John Muir Trust to deliver the John Muir Award. This award is open to all people, regardless of age or ability, and encourages participants to discover, explore, conserve and share wild places. Wood Learn does not charge for participation in this award, the elements of the course can be built into any of our regular programmes.