Nature's classroom

We've activities for EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2, all linked to the National Curriculum.

We also offer Key Stage 3 and 4 field trips to survey footpaths on the estate.

School visit activities

Forest school

50 Things: build a den 

Through child-led activities children learn to respond to challenges, work with others and make decisions about managing risk in a safe, natural environment. Activities typically include building dens, natural art, hunting for minibeasts and finding evidence of larger animals.

Habitats day

50 Things: build a den © NT/Wicken Fen

The children hunt for minibeasts using pots, magnifiers and ID sheets. They go for a woodland walk, looking for signs of larger animals and dip nets into our pond to find aquatic minibeasts.

Art Attack

Ashridge art attack group © Kate Jarvis

Inspired by the art of Andy Goldsworthy, children of all ages enjoy exploring the woodland and collecting natural materials to make a giant sculpture.

They work together to make their sculpture, then climb the Bridgewater Monument to view the finished artwork from above and take a photograph.


Orienteering © NTPL/Kate Jarvis

Orienteering is popular at the beginning of the autumn term as a team building activity for new students, alongside a half-day Art Attack session.

The children plot co-ordinates on a map then go out into the woods to walk the route in small groups (young children in groups with an adult)

Green plants

Ashridge child measuring a tree © NTPL/NTPL

In this session children learn about the different parts of a flower and a tree. They then walk through the woods with an identification guide, collecting leaves and seeds.

They calculate the age of young and mature trees by measuring their trunks. Then look at exposed root systems and scramble over a fallen tree.

Footpath surveys

Ashridge child measuring a tree © NTPL/Lauran Wise

During this Geography field trip, students see for themselves the difference between managed and unmanaged paths at two of our 'honeypot' sites: the Bridgewater Monument and Ivinghoe Beacon.

They measure the width of the paths and record them for comparison back in the classroom.

Important information for teachers

Prices: March 2014 - February 2015, £4.95 per child. Forest School sessions (2 hours with 15 children) £80.

We also offer a National Trust Education Group Membership which may be beneficial for your school or group.

Time: sessions typically run from 10am to 2.30pm

Numbers: maximum 60 children per session with an adult ratio of 1:5

Other information: All our activities take place out of doors. Toilets are adjacent to the classroom. Goodie bags are available from the shop if requested prior to visit.

If you are planning a self-led visit please advise us in advance, our study base is available to hire.

How to book

Ashridge red telephone

To book or discuss your school visit, or to notify us of a self-led visit please contact our learning and interpretation officer.

Phone: 01442 851227 option 2

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