Go Wild, a social enterprise founded in 2010, works with children, adults and young people in Bristol, the Wye Valley 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.
Who are Go Wild? Meet the team!
Jackie Roby: Director
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 wasn't enough, she has a PGDip in Education. If you don't 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.)
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. Emma has completed an MSc in Sustainable Development and 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 works to support Jackie as a key 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. 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, such as the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project. 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.
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