Membership

Your AFSA membership

As an AFSA member, you get instant access to…

  • Resources
  • Templates
  • Guides
  • Annual regional meetings and workshops

You’ll also be able to join our exclusive members-only facebook page where you can:

  • Connect with other like-minded educators
  • Attend monthly online training via FB Live
  • Seek advice from experienced experts in the field
  • Have the opportunity to be part of our ongoing advocacy for children’s freedom to play in and connect with nature

These benefits will assist with establishing your own nature immersion program.

Our Membership Options

There are 3 different categories : Student/non working, General and Approved.

Each category has differing benefits so please read carefully to find the right one for you

All memberships are non transferable or refundable

All members are expected to follow our code of conduct and guiding principles

Student $30 (Annually)

*Student memberships are verified with a valid student ID before approval

*If you are currently not working but want to become a member, please apply directly through emailing australianforestschool@gmail.com

  • An annual membership to the association
  • Access to the Australian Forest School Association Members Facebook page.
  • A 10% discount off any AFSA event or service offered
  • The AFSA Welcome Pack containing 4 downloadable resources plus freebies and discounts offered through the year
  • Attend all Zoom and live Q&A Facebook events for free
  • You will be added to our mailing list
  •  You will receive a newsletter bi-annually

General $60 (Annually)

  • An annual membership to the association
  • Access to the Australian Forest School Association Members Facebook page
  • A 10% discount off any AFSA event or service offered
  • The AFSA Welcome Pack containing 4 downloadable resources plus freebies and discounts offered through the year
  • Attend all Zoom and live Q&A Facebook events for free
  • You will be added to our mailing list
  •  You will receive a newsletter bi-annually
  • AND Eligibility to contribute, join and vote at our members AGM meetings

AFSA Approved Provider $150 (Annually)

  • Our Approved Provider membership category is an opportunity for you to get your nature immersion business literally on the map! Once your application has been accepted, your business (including your staff) will be entitled to all of the following benefits as well as being promoted by AFSA through our blog, website and social media pages.As an approved provider, your business will receive:
    • An annual membership to the association including all member benefits for your staff
    • Access to the AFSA Members Facebook page where we hold monthly FaceBook Live events and hear from experts in the field, share members-only resources and discounts, give early bird notice to special events and connect with like-minded practitioners
    • Eligibility to contribute, join and vote at our AGM meetings
    • A 10% discount off any AFSA event or service offered for all of your staff
    • The AFSA Welcome Pack containing 4 downloadable resources plus freebies and discounts offered through the year
    • All Zoom and live Q&A Facebook events for free
    • Inclusion in our mailing list and bi-annual newsletter
    • AND:
    • Official recognition as an approved provider by being added to our exclusive interactive map 
    • A digital copy of the AFSA logo for marketing purposes only
    • A featured post on our AFSA blog where you can promote your program

    **All approved providers must keep AFSA informed about changes to their practices and contact details

    Eligibility:

    • You must be running a nature immersion program that meets the AFSA Guiding Principles
    • You must be able to follow the AFSA Code of Conduct
    • You must have had a minimum of 6 months providing nature immersion services in the community before being considered for membership
    • You must be a registered business with an ABN
    • You must have insurance that covers your nature immersion program as per guiding principles

    To Apply:

    • Please read all eligibility criteria before applying
    • Purchase an approved provider membership 
    • Write a blog post or article that demonstrates how your program meets the guiding principles of ASFA – 500 words max, you may include up to 5 images (instructions for submission are given following purchase)
    • Please fill out the form you will receive titled “Approved Provider Application” in the email following purchase
    • You must provide your insurance and certificate
    • You must show evidence of your business structure re ABN as well as links to any socials (Facebook, Instagram etc)

*Disclaimer

The Australian Forest School Association (AFSA) is a not-for-profit group whose aim is to promote, mentor and support nature immersion programs for diverse ages and environments across Australia. AFSA Approved Providers have been assessed as nature immersion providers that share AFSA’s vision based on our Guiding Principles and Practices.

While we endeavour to ensure that these Guidelines are maintained, AFSA Approved Providers have a responsibility to ensure that these Guidelines are valued and embedded into their practice. If Providers do not comply with these responsibilities, they may have their approved provider status revoked.

AFSA makes every effort to ensure the quality of the information shared for education and research purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional training.

Links to external websites are provided for the user’s convenience and do not constitute an endorsement or a recommendation of any third party products or services offered by virtue of any information, material or content linked from or to this site. Users of links provided by this site are responsible for being aware of which organisation is hosting the site they visit.

AFSA Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles encapsulate the core elements of running a forest school program and are the basis for which we assess our AFSA Approved Providers for their authenticity in their approach.

If you are new to forest school and would like to understand the foundational elements of what is expected in running one, or a veteran nature player but curious about the AFSA standards, please read our guiding principles.