Dam a Stream - children from a Cockermouth school do the 50 Things © Mark Astley

Dam a Stream - children from a Cockermouth school do the 50 Things

Learn about the outdoors with us

Working in the great outdoors with people eager to learn is one of our favourite parts of the job. There's nothing like seeing that lightbulb go on over someone's head, whether they're a child from a primary school, an undergraduate student or someone from the University of the 3rd Age.

Become a guardian

We have teamed up with four village schools whose children have become the 'guardians' of National Trust countryside nearby. Activities include planting oak saplings grown from local acorns.

Outdoor learning

We offer primary school visits to help with teaching science and geography topics, John Muir Award, and also reward days for Year 6 based around the 50 Things to do before you're 11¾

Higher education

We occasionally work with University students, geography field trips, and PhD candidates. The Borrowdale valley is an incredibly rich ecological landscape bursting with opportunities for study.

Forest schools

Make learning fun

Make learning fun

We run Forest School sessions for reception-age children in a quiet outdoor classroom off the beaten track. Forest School is a Scandinavian concept, which encourages pre-school children to learn through play in a woodland environment, normally through weekly visits to a woodland site which becomes 'their' place to explore.

If you'd like a Forest School session for your class please email: northlakes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Come and have an adventure

We've worked out the 50 best possible adventures to have before you're 11 ¾.

The Lake District Outdoors site can help you find useful help and advice.

Click here for more information (external link)

Fun facts about Buttermere

  • Buttermere old school had six pupils in the 1800s
  • Buttermere means 'lake by the dairy pastures' in Old English
  • There are four abandoned settlements in the valley, all by rivers
  • Neolithic rock art was discovered in 2010 by our Ranger Mark Astley
  • Cinderdale gets its name from the black soil caused by iron smelting

50 Thing To Do Before You're 11 3/4