My advice: don'tget bogged down. In 10 years you're going to be exactly where you have to be. And I'm sure you'll be satisfied with it.
Yes! you have to get into forest... but not too deep nor rough ;). From my pont of view, the relationship with forests is similar than with any other creature: you must begin slowly and step by step. You won't approach to someone and ask: "hey, wanna marry me?" will you? :). So that's the same. You should take into account that inside some forests there are also ancient creatures, some caring... others not that much.
The best option would be that someone could help you with your first steps. However, it is almost impossible to find people to rely in. When i began I was a little crazy and unconscious... I recommend not imitate me
Anyway If you're decided, by now, get into the forests allways at morning or at least on day breaking, once inside, think, watch, and listen. Once you be able to "see" and "listen" the forest, you'll be ready for next step.