Contact us

For more information about any of our education programmes or to book please contact us on 01442 826774 or

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

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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
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. 

Visit the Teddy Bears' Picnic gallery on Pinterest 

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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.

Visit the Teddy Bears' Trail gallery on Pinterest


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)

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Home Sweet Home at College Lake

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.

Visit the Home Sweet Home gallery on Pinterest


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.

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Contact Us

For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01442 826774 or

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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    The Great Bird Race

    Sunday 26th October 2014,
    9.30am - 1.30pm

    Venue: College Lake Visitor Centre, Upper Icknield Way, nr Tring

    Join us at College Lake Nature Reserve for a fun and very different challenge. In teams of 3 to 5 people spend 4 hours exploring the reserve and identifying as many birds as possible. Prizes given for those who find the most!

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