Environmental education sessions, events and activities for all ages at Forestry England’s beautiful Leigh Woods nature reserve
Due to the current Government guidance on the coronavirus lockdown, we are suspending our activities at present. When it is safe to do so once again, we will be running our sessions and events – we are very much looking forward to that time and seeing you all again in Leigh Woods very soon.
Spring in the Leigh Woods nature reserve holds such a lovely variety of wildlife and nature to explore.
Join us on a Valentines family event at the end of February or for a chance explore the world of ‘Early spring woodland flowers‘ in early March; experience our ‘Spring woodland bird ID‘ education session as well as spending time with a loved one on a special Mothers’ day event. And that’s all before we get to Easter! Not forgetting our pre-schoolers and their carers/parents, of course, we will continue our ‘Kids in the Woods‘ sessions through the spring term when permitted.
We have been working hard to make sure that we can all stay safe in Leigh Woods and feel very lucky that being outdoors in the woodland naturally lends itself to social distancing. We are keeping our number nice and small so we all feel as safe as possible, while being able to enjoy the natural world outside.
Learn more about our natural world and our place within it…
For families: challenge yourselves to practise survival skills in the woodland together; learn about owls or daytime birds, night-time nature or trees; join in on an expert-led nature Walk & talk – all focusing on the natural world at Leigh Woods. We celebrate the special times of year too at Mothers’ day, Easter, Christmas, New Year and Hallowe’en! New session – take part in some gentle learning, walking in the woodland with your baby alongside others at a similar stage of parenthood – followed by a chat over a hot drink. Family Fun.
For little ones: Spend time out in the magical woodland with your little one, learning about the wildlife and nature around us, and create something special together. We finish our session listening to a story around the fire circle with a hot drink and biscuit! Kids in the Woods
For adults, students and children with a keen interest in wildlife: Our Wildlife walks & talks and Education sessions are a great, focused way to learn more about a wide range of topics from owls, fungi, bats, tree ID and winter woodland bird ID in autumn and winter; to water voles, dawn chorus walks, dusk bird song walks and woodland flower ID in spring and summer. Wildlife Walks & Talks
For special groups: Enjoy a programme tailor-made for your group – call us to discuss the options for Brownies, Cubs, Youth Groups or any special needs group who would like to spend a session outdoors in the beautiful woodland setting of Leigh Woods nature reserve.
For schools: our programmes cover topics ranging from team building and bushcraft to life cycles and food chains to ecology and environmental art for Early Years through to Year 6, providing inspiring outdoors learning to support in-class topics. Follow these links for more information about our curriculum-linked schools’ programmes at Leigh Woods.
We are now able to welcome you to Leigh Woods with the children of key workers or vulnerable children to a maximum of x30 children at any one time. We are offering full, half day or short visits on all our programmes or a bespoke programme designed by us for your group. Contact My Green World firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
There is growing evidence that outdoor learning …”offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in ways that add value to their everyday experiences in the classroom“,
and that it offers … “group cohesion, social connectedness, feelings of solidarity” as well as “distances children from stress and anxiety embedded within a formal education context“. PRinOL (Peninsula Research in Outdoor Learning) Conference January 2020.
den building photo courtesy of Forestry England