Forest School

and outdoor learning

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 or a school, click on the relevant link to see where your adventure begins.


Jackie Roby

Founder / Director

Jackie 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.

Jackie cut her teeth at the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, going 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 and has teamed up with the Forest of Avon Trust, to deliver accredited Level 3 Forest School Leader qualifications.

Emma Coates

Business Development

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! She is currently completing her level 3 forest school leader qualification.

  • Having also spoken initially to others running forest schools in the area, I was easily convinced that this was the best choice for my school. Not only was I convinced that Go Wild was run well but that it was led by someone with significant experience, knowledge and enthusiasm about working with children in such an environment.
    teaching assistant, Henbury School
  • The children loved being in an alternative learning environment. They enjoyed walking through all the mud as well as building dens and exploring. I enjoyed all the activities we covered, particularly building dens, lighting a fire and the welly walk. I learnt a lot from the information Jackie gave during the sessions and am sure the children did too.
    teacher, Clifton High School
  • I sent my 8 year old son on one of the holiday schemes Jackie Roby ran in 2012 and he has been back several times since. Jackie has a huge enthusiasm for everything outdoors (and is a very experienced teacher to boot) so children can't help but respond to her. At her holiday clubs my son did many different types of things from tag games, art, whittling, firelighting and cooking and he made friends quickly with the others at the scheme. Jackie also ran his birthday party this year which he and his class mates loved for the fun, and I loved for the very reasonable price! I would heartily recommend Go Wild to anyone.
  • My son loved it. He loved the mud, the art, making fires, and just roaming around in the outdoors.
  • Go Wild Wonder Woman Bushcraft weekend surpassed my expectations. Good food, sleeping in style under canvas, hot tub and great company. The relaxed and friendly feel of the weekend enabled me to gain new skills and greater appreciation of our native woodlands. I came away rejuvenated and inspired. An excellent experience thank you!
    Wonder Woman Bushcraft
  • I cannot stop looking up at the trees. Every time I am indoors I just stare out the window trying to ID them. I have to leave my job to be in the woods as soon as I can!
    level 3 trainee

Get connected!


Membership and Associations
  • FSA-New-logo
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  • AptEd-logo
  • Forest-of-Avon-Trust

Supporters and Partners
  • YeoValley
  • Nationall_Trust
  • Canopy-and-Stars
  • UnLtd
  • lantra
  • geovation-challenge
  • forestrycommission
  • Kingstone