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Outdoor activities for schools and groups

Our country parks offer excellent outdoor environmental activity sessions for all ages which can be easily tailored to meet your needs.

Barnwell, Sywell, Irchester and Fermyn Woods Country Parks all provide education ranger-led sessions for various groups including:

  • playgroups
  • school groups (nursery to sixth form)
  • organisations such as youth clubs, out of school clubs, Scouts, Girl Guides and Brownies
  • adult and community organisations

What we can offer

  • ​Experienced activity leaders
  • Bespoke activity packages
  • Practical and fun hands on sessions
  • Pre-visit discussions and information
  • Assistance with risk assessments
  • Provision of all field equipment and materials
  • Easy access trails
  • Children’s play areas
  • A range of habitats

Ranger-led packages

Bespoke packages

For youth groups, adult organisations and corporate teams we can offer bespoke:

  • team building
  • orienteering
  • basic survival skills
  • conservation activities

Our activities

We offer a variety of activities, listed below are the main themes which will give you an idea of what we can offer.

Each activity is generally based on a class of 30 pupils working with a Ranger (unless otherwise specified). If you are bringing a larger group, we can combine activities. Please bear in mind that moving between sessions takes time and may limit time spent on each activity.

  • Basic survival skills
  • Education rangers come to you
  • Habitats
  • Mini beast safari
  • Nature recyclers
  • Orienteering
  • Pond dipping
  • River detectives
  • Rocks and fossils
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Sensory explorers
  • Team building activities
  • World of plants
  • Map Skills
  • Ranger Rex
  • Animal Habitats
  • Stone Age
  • Water studies


Programmes are tailored for individual schools or group visits.

ProgrammePer headMinimum charge
One activity​£4.50£85
2 activity sessions​£7£135
​Team building, adults age 16+​£10£120
​Team building day (adults corporate)£20£200
​Survival skills - adults (3 hours)£18​£150
Survival skills - children£7.50​£120

Our Ranger-led outdoor environmental activities are intended to be great fun as well as a great learning experience.

Our aim is to help people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds participate in enjoyable hands on activities that:

  • increase enjoyment, understanding and care for the country parks and the wider natural environment
  • foster an awareness of sustainability through the study of habitats, plants and animals, their life processes, ecosystems and of how our own actions affect the environment in which we live
  • support the national curriculum and encourage participation in extra-curricular activities and extended services
  • encourage healthy outdoor activity

However, to help keep your group completely safe from the hazards posed by the natural world, please make sure that you have prepared your group using the simple precautions below. We will reinforce these messages on the day of your visit.

  1. Please ensure your group comes prepared with closing suitable for the activity, weather and terrain they are likely to encounter
  2. Please ensure you have made suitable First Aid provision for your group
  3. Please advise us of any special needs of individuals in your group
  4. Your group will be encouraged to touch plants, soil and even certain creatures; however we ask that they should not eat or drink anything other than their own packed lunch unless given to them by a Ranger
  5. To guard against water-borne diseases such as Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease), it is recommended that you check if anyone in your group has an open cut on the hand or forearm as they will not be allowed direct physical contact with the pond/river water - you may wish to cover any other minor closed scratches with waterproof plasters or latex gloves before the activity
  6. There is always the risk that children will encounter stinging or biting insects so please be aware of any particular allergies in your group
  7. Please ask your group not to pet dogs at the park and to be aware that there may be animal droppings around (including dogs)
  8. Please ensure that your group wash their hands with soap and water after the activities (especially before eating or drinking) - there are toilets at the parks but you may wish to bring your own wipes
  9. If anyone develops flu-like symptoms within two weeks of a water-based activity, their doctor should be advised that the person has been in contact with pond/river water

We are confident that if these simple precautions are followed there will be no significant risk to your group from these hugely beneficial activities.

How to book

To book, email [email protected].

Alternatively, you can phone 0300 126 5936.

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Last updated 17 May 2022