At 3 trees we are passionate about building a Forest Homeschool community with children and families in the Wicklow area. We provide Forest Homeschool programmes throughout the year, from a number of different locations, and aim to bring the best in Nature Mentoring to families with children of all ages.
3 trees is a collaboration between Wicklow Forest School Leaders: Marc Barker, Amber Godwin, and Heather McHugh. We are all fully trained Forest school leaders, Garda vetted and REC2 first aid certified.
Each Leader brings with them their own diverse backgrounds, skills and a wealth of experience working with children and the natural environment.
See below for more information on each of our Leaders.
Marc is an ecologist, educator, wilderness skills instructor, forester, and father of two little girls. He is a Certified Forest School Leader and the Sole Trader of NatureConnect, an organizastion designed to grow the roots of community, connection, regenerative culture and environmental stewardship for a flourishing future.
Growing up in a family of storytellers, telling tales has always come naturally, and he applies lessons and learning through the lens of story - from different sources in folklore, mythology, and oral storytellers alive today. Marc sees story as a catalyst for connection to PLACE and heritage.
Amber Godwin is a qualified Forest School leader with a passion for being outdoors and for working with children. Amber was running Arts and Crafts classes for many years before she discovered Forest School. She now combines the two passions by including lots of crafting using natural materials in her outdoor sessions.
Amber is also a parent of a home educated child, which provides a different perspective on education. The need for outdoor learning and nature connection for everyone, especially our young people, has become apparent in recent years. Amber is excited to be involved in the 3 trees collaboration, in order to facilitate these learning opportunities for families in the Wicklow area.
Amber completed her Level 3 (UK) Forest School training in 2018, and runs Barefoot and Wild forest and nature school.
Heather is a qualified Forest School Leader and has a background in the Early Years sector, holding a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education & Care and a QQI Level 6 Montessori qualification.
Heather has worked in the Early Years sector for over 10 years and is the founder of Nature Matters forest school, running forest school sessions for children aged from 5 years up to 12 years in collaboration with Amber Godwin (Barefoot and Wild). For the past 3 years Heather has been building on her passion to nurture the natural connection young children have with nature and, in addition to running Forest School sessions, she runs parent and child groups in local woodlands and outdoor nature connection sessions in schools and preschools in the Wicklow area. In 2019 Heather was delighted to become part of the 3 trees Forest Homeschool collaboration.
Heather's happiest childhood memories are summers spent running free range in the beautiful countryside of County Wicklow. As a parent she is very grateful to have been able to return to the same area to bring up her own two boys, now almost 'all grown up'!