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Go Wild, a social enterprise founded in 2010, works with children, adults and young people in Bristol and the Forest of Dean. We use our specialised skills in Forest School, Outdoor Learning, environmental education, nature awareness and bushcraft to help you achieve specific goals. All our educational and learning events, programmes and courses take place in woodlands and use different learning styles to engage and inspire, while gently guiding you on your adventure in the great outdoors.

From Forest School and curriculum-linked environmental education, to adult bushcraft and corporate team building days, Go Wild offer a variety of opportunities for you to discover learning in a natural environment. With a strong focus on outcomes and fun, Go Wild's experienced team will make sure that you have everything you need to begin your outdoor journey.

Whether you are a parent, an individual, a school or business, click on the relevant link to see where your adventure begins.

Go Wild is run by Jackie Roby who is a lively and enthusiastic individual, who uses her obvious passion for learning in the outdoors to engage and inspire both children, adults and the occasional dog. On paper, she is a qualified teacher and forest school leader, an outdoor first-aider, a skilled environmental educator and, if that wasnt enough, she has a PGDip in Education. If you dont believe us, you can see what other people have said by visiting our testimonials page.

Jackie began her journey as a volunteer for the Avon Wildlife Trust. She then learnt her trade working as an environmental educator for the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, developing and teaching curriculum-linked sessions for schools and youth groups. She went on to set up the WildAbout project for Bristol Zoo, which later became Wild Place Outdoor Learning. She left her job in order to spend more time outdoors but still works for the Wild Place Project on a freelance basis. Recently she has teamed up with the Forest of Avon Trust, to deliver accredited Level 3 Forest School Leader qualifications.

(If you are an organisation that is interested in working with Jackie, don't worry, you dont have to have the words Avon or Wild in your name. Its just the way things have worked out. Get in touch, she'd love to hear from you.)


Quality
Go Wild is Jackie's company so you know that she's worked hard to get here and strives to make your experience the best you could possibly have. Jackie uses her vast experience and vivid imagination to bring your adventure alive. She also understands that, although she is in her element, not everyone is as comfortable outdoors as she is. Everyone at Go Wild endeavours to make every experience as fun, interesting, comfortable and safe as possible.

Jackie's dream team of volunteers and freelancers have been with her for a long time. In some cases she was there at the start of their outdoor journey and has be there to guide them and give an encouraging kick-up-the-bum along the way. Others she has found through her time working for respectable organisations, and has learnt as much from them as they have from her, and sometimes more. Everyone who works for Go Wild has the same ethos, if we're having fun, you'll be having fun too. And learning. And its likely you'll remember it for a very long time.

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Meet the Team
Jackie Roby: Director, Forest School Leader and Instructor
Go Wild is run by Jackie Roby who is a lively and enthusiastic individual, who uses her obvious passion for learning in the outdoors to engage and inspire both children, adults and the occasional dog. On paper, she is a qualified teacher and forest school leader, an outdoor first-aider, a skilled environmental educator and, if that wasnt enough, she has a PGDip in Education.

Jackie began her journey as a volunteer for the Avon Wildlife Trust. She then learnt her trade working as an environmental educator for the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, developing and teaching curriculum-linked sessions for schools and youth groups. She went on to set up the WildAbout project for Bristol Zoo, which later became Wild Place Outdoor Learning. She left her job in order to spend more time outdoors but still works for the Wild Place Project on a freelance basis. Recently she has teamed up with the Forest of Avon Trust, to develop more learning opportunities, so watch this space!


Emma Coates: Business development & outdoor leader
Emma, beyond anything else, is totally in love with nature! Besides finding any excuse to get out into it, helping people enjoy and appreciate the outdoors is one of her greatest pleasures.

Studying towards an MSc Sustainable Development she is fascinated by the role nature plays in our health, happiness and behaviour.

Living in Canada and the US for a couple of years, she volunteered as a visitor guide and research assistant in the Rocky Mountains amazing Banff National Park, before moving to the beautiful wilds of Alaska to live in a log cabin, with 16 sled dogs, 6 chickens and whole lot of space!
Starting as a Forest School volunteer, now she is 'in training' and works to support Jackie as a part of the Go Wild Education team. "Even the admin and officey bits are exciting because of the adventures we are planning, but we are always finding ways to take our meetings outdoors to get as much wild time as possible".

Dave Barker: Ecologist and instructor
Dave is the energetic and engaging director of Wild Science in Brighton. He is a professional Ecologist and Environmental Educator with over 15 years practical experience. He is a keen advocate of developing and promoting positive relationships with nature and living within the limits of our natural world.

Joss Smithson: Forest School Leader
Joss has a degree in Conservation Biology and experience of working with all ages in a variety of environmental education settings. He also has an interest in wild folklore and seasonal traditions and is a keen advocate for getting muddy and building closer connections to nature. He is a trained forest school leader.

Jo Carr: Forest School Leader
We love Jo! She needs to send us some blurb about herself.


Where we are

Go Wild uses the amazing woodlands at Ashton Court in central Bristol, within easy access of the motorway. The extensive grounds offer a wide variety of habitats and allows for a truly magical and wild experience while still providing parking and toilet facilities. Alternatively, if you have your own school grounds with wooded areas, Go Wild can work with you in your school setting.

Some of our events and courses are run at a secret location in Forest of Dean, set in beautiful woodland, somewhere between Chepstow and Monmouth.






Partners & Supporters

Canopy and Stars
Forest of Avon Trust
Geovation Challenge
Project Wild Thing
Kingstone Brewery
Yeo Valley
Flamingo Foundation
Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project
Natural Connections
British Festival of Nature
Forestry Commission
National Trust
Bristol Zoo
Santander
UnLtd
Wild Place
Master Lantra

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