Go Wild at Your School

Go Wild at Your School

Outreach programmes for Foundation, KS1 & 2

Why not ‘Go Wild’ in your school grounds with your local Wildlife Trust?

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Contact us

For more information about any of our education programmes or to book please contact us on 01442 826774 or collegelakeeducation@bbowt.org.uk

School children by Helen Walsh

We look forward to seeing your school at College Lake soon!

Family Fun

Nut hunting by BBOWT

We run various family events throughout the year during school holidays.


College Lake

College Lake nature reserve by BBOWT

College Lake nature reserve is an outstanding centre for wetland wildlife and chalk grassland flowers. Enjoy a wildlife walk, watch out for rare water birds, visit our bee centre or come to one of our family events. With excellent visitor facilities, including a café, College Lake is the perfect place for a family outing.

College Lake Environmental Education Centre

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Pond dipping by Rob LewisPond dipping by Rob Lewis

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

Our programmes

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

Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Reception & Lower KS 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. 

See our Teddy Bears' Picnic board on Pinterest


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Habitat Safari
Upper KS 1 & KS 2 - choose 3 one-hour sessions to suit your class

Join us for an adventure your class will never forget...

  • Sensory Nature Walk (experience sights, smells, sounds and touches)
  • Pond Dipping (hands-on exploration of the pond)
  • Bug Bonanza (hunt for mini-beasts in our woodland and meadow)
  • Birds and Beaks (bird watching at the lake and hide)
  • Micro-parks (creating miniature nature parks in the woods)

See our Habitat Safari board on Pinterest


Geology Rocks
KS 2

Travel back in time with your class and discover what College Lake was like millions of years ago when the land was under a tropical ocean. Find out how the chalk, fossils and rocks were formed and what secret discoveries have been uncovered at our beautiful reserve. Enjoy a day of time travel through role play, walks, hands-on exploration and discovery as we consider the evolution of the landscape and wildlife that makes its home here.

See our Geology Rocks board on Pinterest


Home Sweet Home at College Lake


Home Sweet Home
KS 2

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. Take on the role of Habitat Surveyors and discover how wildlife is interconnected, adapted to its surroundings and needs protection.


Earth Caretakers
Upper KS 2

Take part in a day of exploration and discovery to learn five secrets of planet earth. Go on a magical nature walk, discover a lost secret, 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.


Contact Us

For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01442 826774 or collegelakeeducation@bbowt.org.uk.

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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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