Our extensive programme of activities makes the most of our beautiful nature reserves to provide ample opportunities for outdoor learning. We provide all the risk assessments, equipment and expertise and we have the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge. All our activities can be adapted to meet all learning needs and our sites are accessible. The workshops are also available to be brought to your site by our Outdoor Learning team.
Topics covered include minibeasts, pond dipping, bushcraft, trees and plants, rivers, habitats, identification and classification, seasons, orienteering, evolution and adaptation, rocks and soils, local history, orchard and apple days, plasticology, water cycle, natural art, food farming and wildlife, senses, coasts and beaches, forest school and wildlife areas.
Select from the activities below and contact us to create a programme that meets your needs.
Use pond dipping equipment to uncover the secret lives of pond creatures. Includes identification, food chains, life cycles and habitats.
Use trays nets and pots to collect minibeasts from different habitats. Includes identification, camouflage, food chains and life cycles.
Team building challenges, shelter making, fire lighting, rope work and green woodwork.
Trees and Plants
The magical world and folklore of trees and plants will be revealed. Identification, life cycles, seed dispersal and pollination.
Use equipment to uncover the secret world of river wildlife and measure flow. Understand how the river goes from source to sea.
Explore different habitats and the living things found there. Could include minibeast hunting, pond dipping, bird watching and more.
Identification and classification
Develop skills to identify different plants and animals using keys and learn how living things are similar or different to one another.
Learn about the world around you, how it changes throughout the year and how this affects plants and animals.
Make smelly potions, hear birds and the wind, find hidden camouflaged caterpillars, feel prickles and feathers and walk in the treetops.
Navigate your way around using basic orienteering skills. Work as a team to complete challenges and learn how to use a map and compass.
Explore nature looking for different colours and textures. Use natural materials to create pictures and outdoor works of art.
Evolution and Adaptation
Learn how living things have adapted to survive in their different habitats. Discuss the role of evolution in the process of adaptation.
Rocks and Soils
Learn about the geology of your local area or a nature reserve of your choice. Explore types of rocks found and investigate the soils.
Learn about a former World War I airfield at Ingrebourne Valley or visit the Haven Plotlands Museum on our Langdon site.
Food, Farming and Wildlife
FREE one class visits to Abbotts Hall Farm to discover farm wildlife and crops; make bread and eat it too!
Coasts and Beaches
Visit your local beach with us to guide you. Explore the habitats of the coast, identify marine wildlife and create beach art.
Orchard & Apple days
Apple tasting, local heritage and folklore. Plant fruit trees or explore a local orchard. Identification, pollination and lifecycles.
Become a Garbologist! Explore the story of plastic, find out what problems it causes for wildlife and learn what we can all do to help.
Visit the water treatment works at Abberton Reservoir to learn about the water cleaning process and water cycle from reservoir to tap.
Our qualified leaders deliver child led Forest School increasing wildlife knowledge, practical skills, problem solving and wellbeing.
Make your grounds great for wildlife again. Plan, create and plant with children. Make bug hotels, willow domes and log piles.
Find out about fossils at the Naze and go on a fossil hunt on the beach for fossilised shells and sharks teeth.