Outdoor Learning

Study visits to the New Forest – colleges and universities

We offer half and full day programmes or can deliver an introductory talk before a self-led tour. Guidance about suitable study locations and an application for a Forestry Commission learning permission can be arranged for all booked groups. Popular requests include; The New Forests landscapes, management and ecology, Conflict management – balancing conservation, recreation and timber production with a focus on public engagement and interpretation.

Programmes are tailored to meet your study topic learning objectives and include hands-on activities, group discussions and field work opportunities. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Learning in your school grounds

School grounds are a wonderful resource to support learning outside the classroom. Using a familiar environment builds individual confidence in exploring and discovering the natural world.

Our programmes are designed for Early Year settings to Primary (Key Stage 2) and are taught through focused curriculum-linked activities that are sequentially planned to build upon new learning throughout the session. Groups are involved in planning investigations and work together to meet set challenges which are reviewed through fun games and feedback discussions.

Whether it’s a field with a hedge, a pond or small woodland, your outdoor space can be a magical place to explore!

Exploring hedges Exploring fields
There are many opportunities for whole school involvement through curriculum topic and school ground weeks, biodiversity audits for improving your wild spaces, Trailblazer days and campaigns, such as National Tree Week. We can also help support learning towards environmental award schemes, such as the John Muir award or Eco-Schools.
Our exciting resource trunk is packed with fantastic activities, games and props to make learning fun and engaging for everyone.

Activity trunk Trunk contents

We offer a range of environmental programmes that can be tailored to introduce or extend curriculum topics. A pre-visit is included with all programme planning and bookings to ensure all sessions meet your learning goals and needs of your group.

Early years / reception

Key Stage 1 and 2

* can be adapted for Early years / reception

Learning in the New Forest

The New Forest National Park provides the perfect setting to safely experience and learn first-hand about the natural environment. All sessions actively support and encourage individuals to explore and discover their surroundings by following a sequential approach of activities that build on confidence and understanding.

Learning fun Learning bugs
With a focus on trees and woodland, sessions can be adapted for Key Stage 1 and 2, whether introductory or for extended learning to ensure your learning goals are met in fun and imaginative ways.
Design your own Forest programme, gives you some examples of activities that can be built into your own session programme. Please contact us to discuss your needs and we can then plan and deliver a session that meets your groups specific learning objectives.
Forests for the Future is a Key Stage 2 programme that explores sustainable forest management and how forests can help combat climate change.