About me


I’m Sam Colman and I live in Otley with my wife and baby. A former climbing instructor and Outdoor Education Instructor at Nell Bank Outdoor Centre in Ilkley, I now run Forest Schools sessions in the Bradford and Leeds area.

I’m passionate about helping children to grow emotionally and physically into happy and confident individuals. I believe that facilitated play in the outdoor environment provides the perfect conditions to achieve this. I work with schools and other organisations to deliver outdoor learning sessions and to transfer skills and knowledge to teachers and other practitioners in these settings. I work with primary and secondary school children and young people and adults, including those with additional needs, disabilities and language and behavioural difficulties. I have also worked extensively with children with autism.

A keen climber, cyclist, hill walker, fell runner and outdoor enthusiast, I recently returned from a four month trekking trip to the wilds of Patagonia, South America. I now make the most of the outdoor experiences that Wharfedale and the Yorkshire Dales have on offer and enjoy climbing at Almscliffe Crag, cycling Nidderdale and walking and exploring further afield with my dog and family.


  • I’m a Forest Schools Level 3 practitioner (which means that I’m qualified to facilitate groups in a learner-centred way, manage a Forest School site sustainably and have been trained in all practical skills required of a Forest School practitioner)
  • I have more than five years of experience of organising and running outdoor learning experiences for children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I also have experience of working in primary schools.
  • I work with schools and organisations to create personalised learning programmes to reflect particular curriculum or developmental needs.
  • I am a member of the Forest Schools Association and closely follow their principles and ethos. I maintain contacts with a network of professionals in the Forest Schools and outdoor learning sector and take my continuing professional development seriously.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me through this website by clicking on the ‘Contact’ tab. Email me at theforestclassroom@gmail.com, or call me 07891 555 049.