Self-led school visits - Outdoor learning

Self-led school visits

Outdoor education at Oak Hill Wood credit Abi March

A self-led visit offers a more affordable option for schools and groups to access our nature reserves, or as an additional option to those who would like to arrange a follow-up trip after attending one of our centre-led sessions.
 

If you would like to visit one of our nature reserves with a school or group as a self-led session, you will need to book in. A self-led visit is where your group is accessing the nature reserve, but you are not having an organised session from our Outdoor Learning Team. It is not always possible to accommodate group bookings due to other activities that are taking place.

Sessions can be booked at:

Crane Park Island

Young People from Richmond College on their Wild Action Programme credit Olli Slatter

Gunnersbury Triangle

Gunnersbury Triangle school session credit Oliver Rakocevic

Sydenham Hill Wood

Sydenham Hill Wood credit Daniel Greenwood

Walthamstow Wetlands

Credit Peter Salter

Woodberry Wetlands

Wonderful wildlife weekends credit Abi March

The cost of a self-led visit allows us to cover the administration costs associated with the visit and allow us to regulate the number of groups using the site at any one time. All funds received from group visits go towards the upkeep and running of our nature reserves.

During a self-led visit, you must stay on the main paths of the nature reserve. Access to specific habitats such as the ponds and log pile area is only possible with a member of our Outdoor Learning team so are therefore not accessible during self-led visits. 

You will receive links to resources which you can use with your school group to explore the nature reserve.

Visit information

Nature reserve Availability Cost Facilities

Crane Park Island

Throughout the year.

Monday – Friday, 9.30am-3.30pm 

£30 (+VAT) for first hour per class (up to 30 children) 

£20 (+VAT) for additional hours (additional time can be booked in half hours)

*From £1/child based on 30 children

No access to toilets, handwashing facilities or indoor space

Gunnersbury Triangle

Throughout the year.

Monday – Friday, 9.30am-3.30pm 

£30 (+VAT) for first hour per class (up to 30 children) 

£20 (+VAT) for additional hours (additional time can be booked in half hours)

*From £1/child based on 30 children

No access to toilets, handwashing facilities.

No indoor space

Sydenham Hill Wood

Throughout the year.

Monday – Friday, 9.30am-3.30pm 

£30 (+VAT) for first hour per class (up to 30 children) 

£20 (+VAT) for additional hours (additional time can be booked in half hours)

*From £1/child based on 30 children

No access to handwashing facilities

No toilets facilities or indoor space

Walthamstow Wetlands

Term-time only.

Monday – Friday, 10.00am-3.30pm 

£30 (+VAT) for first hour per class (up to 30 children) 

£25 (+VAT) for additional hours (additional time can be booked in half hours)

*From £1/child based on 30 children

No access to pond dipping or minibeast hunting.

Access to public toilets.

No access to indoor space*

Woodberry Wetlands

Term-time only.

Monday – Friday, 9.30am-3.30pm 

£30 (+VAT) for first hour per class (up to 30 children) 

£25 (+VAT) for additional hours (additional time can be booked in half hours)

*From £1/child based on 30 children

No access to pond dipping or minibeast hunting.

Access to public toilets.

No access to indoor space*

 

Availability: Depending on activities happening in the holidays and weekends, self-led visits may be available outside of term-time, please fill out the booking form and we will accommodate you where possible. 

Cost - Additional classes: If you would like to bring two classes at once, the cost will be £55 (+VAT) per hour. The availability to bring two classes will depend on other activities happening onsite that day. No more than two classes can attend at one time. 

Facilities: The * denotes that the site does have classroom space. The classroom can be booked for an additional hire fee of £50 (+VAT) per hour, subject to availability. 

Booking enquiry form

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