College Lake by Liz Harvey
Take a journey of learning and discovery at College Lake.
Explore our beautiful reserve created on the site of an old chalk quarry. You'll discover that whatever the season, College Lake is the ideal place to visit for a day learning outside the classroom. Our schools programme provides exciting hands-on opportunities for children to experience a magical learning adventure on the nature reserve.
We are open for pre-booked groups all year round. Trips usually run from 10–2.30, but can be flexible. We request a donation of £6 per child
All our programmes offer links with Science and Geography, and excellent opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy skills. Each programme will be tailored to the age and ability of your group. There will be a variety of activities to help children learn in different ways, with lots of opportunities for hands-on engagement at a range of levels.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1
Come along and enjoy a day of stories, games and sensory outdoor exploration. Of course, there is also a picnic in the woods so bring teddy too! Discover the four secrets of life that enable all animals to survive. Create a new home for your bears to inhabit. A wonderful introduction for your youngest children to begin investigating the natural world.
Teddy Bears’ Trail
Key Stage 1 & 2
As a follow up to Teddy Bears’ Picnic, this programme allows your children to build on knowledge from their previous visit. Experience a day of trails, activities and games that explore the importance of trees and green plants in the natural world. Discover which animals live in the woodland and how they get everything that they need from their home habitat.
Wildlife Discovery Day
Key Stage 1 & 2 - choose 3 one-hour sessions to suit your class
- Sensory Nature Walk (experience sights, smells, sounds and touches)
- Pond Dipping (hands-on exploration of the pond)
- Minibeast Magic (using sweep nets and bug hunting kit)
- Birds and Beaks (bird watching and bird adaptations)
- Micro-parks (creating miniature nature parks in the woods)
Home Sweet Home
Key Stage 2 (Years 4–6)
A habitats day with a twist. Come along and meet the Mayor of College Lake and Judge Mop-head! Through walks, simple role-play,discussion and debate, immerse your children in the roles of plants and animals that live at College Lake. Explore the reserve and discover how wildlife finds its own niche, is inter-connected, and is adapted to its surroundings.
Earth Caretakers (part 1)
Key Stage 2
Take part in a day of exploration and discovery to learn four ‘secrets’of earth. Go on a nature walk with a difference, follow trails, make environmental pledges and solve a riddle in the process. Your young Earth Caretakers can begin to see how they can make a difference to the planet and then bring ideas for action back to school.
Earth Caretakers (part 2)
Key Stage 2
Following on from Earth Caretakers (part 1), the adventure continues.There are three more ecological concepts to discover, and the final part of the Caretakers’ riddle to solve. Your youngsters will uncover how the earth changes over time and how they can make a difference as its guardians of the future.
For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01442 826774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find us
Bulbourne, on the B488 between the A41 and Ivinghoe (2 miles north of Tring) Postcode: HP23 5QG.
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