Learning is fun...

We believe every child should have the opportunity to run through puddles, climb high and low and hunt for bugs in order to discover something new about the natural world around them.

School visit activities

Forest school

Den building at Forest School 

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

Looking for aquatic minibeasts © Bee Saville

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.


Discover more about Brownsea Island © Ian Shaw

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 2 © NTPL

Children learn about the different parts of a flower and a tree, 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 they look at exposed root systems and scramble over a fallen tree.

Footpaths survey

Ashridge child measuring a tree 2 © Lauran Wise

During this Geography Field Trip, students see for themselves the difference between managed and unmanaged paths that are heavily used at out two main '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

Ashridge child measuring a tree 2 © Gillian Day

  • Sessions typically run from 10am to 2.30pm
  • Maximum 60 children per session with an adult ratio of 1:5
  • All our activities take place out of doors
  • Toilets are adjacent to the classroom
  • Goodie bags are available from the shop
  • If you are planning a self-led visit please advise us in advance
  • Our study base is available to hire

Admission fees

Mar 2013 - Feb 2014: £4.75 per child / £3.10 EGM
Mar 2014 - Feb 2015: £4.95 per child / £3.25 EGM
Forest School (2hr session with 15 children): £80 per session / £75 EGM

Become a member

Taking out Education Group Membership (EGM) entitles your whole school to benefit from reduced rates for National Trust School visits.

Contact our Learning Officer for more details

How to book

To book your next school visit or discuss your requirements, please contact Kate Jarvis - Learning and Interpretation Officer - on 01442 851227 or by email.