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How to get involved in outdoor education at our nature reserves

Jubilee Primary School pupils at Woodberry Wetlands (credit Penny Dixie)Jubilee Primary School pupils at Woodberry Wetlands (credit Penny Dixie)

You needn't go far to find nature! We have over 20 years’ experience teaching children outdoors, providing brilliant hands-on nature lessons in London directly linked with the National Curriculum.

London Wildlife Trust learning sessions can cover a variety of topics from both Key Stages 1, for children aged from 5-7 years, and Key Stage 2, for children aged from 7-11 years.

Our Key Stage 1 topics include growing plants, sorting and using materials, and seeing plants and animals in their local environment; while our Key Stage 2 learning covers plants, characteristics of materials, rocks and soils, moving and growing, habitats, interdependence and adaptation, and improving the environment.

Risk Assessments are provided and our staff have enhanced DBS checks and are trained in first aid. Our sites are accessible by public transport.

The film below shows visiting children fascinated and captivated by the wildlife they find on a visit to Camley Street Natural Park in King's Cross, under the watchful eyes of trained staff and volunteers.

 

 

For more information about the outdoor learning opportunities at our sites, including cost, contact details, and available facilities, see below.

 

North London

A polished education programme helping city children engage with the natural world (Vikki Wood, Rhyl Primary School teacher)

Outdoor learning sessions for schoolchildren in north London are held at Camley Street Natural Park in King’s Cross, and at Oak Hill Wood in Barnet. At both sites we run curriculum-linked sessions and Forest School programmes for children from early years, up to age 16 . We can also offer tailor-made sessions to college and university students.

At Camley Street schools can take part in a wide range of activities such as nature trails, habitat exploration in our ponds and woodland, discovering minibeasts and plant and animal species identification. Facilities at Camley Street include toilets, indoor classroom, and storage space. Sessions led by staff are 90 minutes long, cost £120 (+VAT) per class (max 30 children) and include use of the classroom and facilities. Self-led school visits cost £30 (+VAT) per hour per class (max 30 children).

At Oak Hill Wood schools can explore this ancient woodland and discover the minibeasts, birds and plants that live here. They can take part in nature trails, stream dipping, environmental games and species identification. Sessions led by staff, are 90 minutes long, cost £120 (+VAT) per class (max 30 children) and include all equipment and resources, temporary shelter and staff and support. Toilet facilities are available in the nearby park café, about a 10-15 minute walk away.

Our Forest School sessions are available at both Camley Street Natural Park and Oak Hill Wood. Sessions are 90 minutes long and cost £100 (+VAT) for a maximum of 12 students. Sessions booked in a block of six for £550. Sessions are led by a qualified Forest School Level 3 Practitioner.

For more information and to book a visit for your school to any site in north London please contact Abi March: amarch@wildlondon.org.uk or call 020 3897 6150
 

South London

Outdoor learning sessions for schoolchildren in south London are held at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham and Sydenham Hill Wood in Sydenham. Visits to schools can also be arranged by contacting Sylvia Myers on smyers@wildlondon.org.uk or by calling 0207 252 9186.

At Centre for Wildlife Gardening, schoolchildren can enjoy a mixture of curriculum linked games and hand-on discovery activities in a variety of demonstration habitat areas on site. Facilities on site include toilets, an indoor classroom, and picnic area. Sessions cost £80 (+VAT), and last 90 minutes. For more information and to book a visit for your school email Sylvia Myers on smyers@wildlondon.org.uk or call 020 3897 6151.

At Sydenham Hill Wood, schoolchildren can enjoy a guided woodland tour. For college and university students we can also provide a guided walk looking at woodland management and ecology. There are no public facilities on site but there are toilets available at the nearby Horniman Museum. School sessions cost £70 to £80 (+VAT) and last 90 minutes. For more information and to book a visit for your school email Daniel Greenwood on dgreenwood@wildlondon.org.uk or call 07734 599 728.

People's Postcode Lottery

London Wildlife Trust has also received valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which will enable us to deliver a wider series of regular outdoor classes to schoolchildren at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in south London during 2017. Click here to find out more.

 

West London

Outdoor learning sessions for schoolchildren in west London are held at Crane Park Island in Twickenham and at Gunnersbury Triangle in Chiswick. We have also produced teaching packs and are able to deliver education sessions at a number of non-staffed nature reserves in west London, including Roxbourne Park in Harrow; Gutteridge Wood and Meadows in Hillingdon; Ten Acre Wood in Hillingon; and Yeading Brook Meadows in Yeading.

LWT education

At Crane Park Island schoolchildren can investigate the rich aquatic life in the shallow stretches of the River Crane through the unique experience of river dipping. Facilities on site include toilets, a classroom and storage. Sessions cost £120 (+VAT), and last up to two hours. For more information and to book a visit for your school email Alex Robb on arobb@wildlondon.org.uk or call her on 07702 669 888.

At Gunnersbury Triangle, our experienced education leaders can provide your class with outdoor activities directly linked to the National Curriculum; those include wildlife habitat walks, pond dipping, observing woodland mini-beasts, planting and collecting seeds, compost making and a wide range of environmental games. All our activities leaders are DBS checked.
Facilities on site include toilets, a cloakroom and a picnic area. Sessions cost £120 (+VAT), and last up to two hours. For more information and to book a visit email Oliver Rakocevic on orakocevic@wildlondon.org.uk or call him on 07530 730 551
 

East London

Outdoor learning sessions for schoolchildren in east London are now being held at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney. They are due to be extended to Walthamstow Wetlands in late 2017.

At Woodberry Wetlands, schoolchildren can go minibeast hunting, pond dipping, and take part in wildlife habitat walks. Facilities on site include toilets, secure cloakroom, indoor classroom, and a cafe. Two-hour sessions led by staff cost £120 (+VAT). Self-led sessions cost £30 (+VAT). For more information and to book a visit for your school email Alek Makucewicz on amakucewicz@wildlondon.org.uk or call 020 3897 6154.

People's Postcode LotteryLondon Wildlife Trust has also received valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which is enabling us to deliver a wider series of regular outdoor classes to schoolchildren during 2017, at Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve in east London. Click here to find out more.

Jubilee Primary School at Woodberry Wetlands (credit Penny Dixie)

 

 

 

Pictured above, Jubilee Primary School pupils on a visit to Woodberry Wetlands for a Wild about Learning session. (Credit Penny Dixie)