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.

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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 and watch out for signs of Chief Teddy Edward. A wonderful introduction to the natural world for your youngest children. 

See our Teddy Bears' Picnic board on Pinterest

Read a blog post about Teddy Bears' Picnic


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)
  • Nature Detective Training (hunt for clues and solve a nature mystery in the woods)
  • Bug Hunting (hunt for mini-beasts in our woodland and meadow)
  • Birds and Beaks (spot wetland and garden birds)
  • 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. Enjoy a day of time travel through role play, walks and hands-on exploration. Discover how the landscape has changed and about the amazing wildlife which once made its home here.

See our Geology Rocks board on Pinterest


Home Sweet Home at College Lake

Home Sweet Home

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


A Wild Tale
Upper KS2

Let College Lake inspire your children as they go on their very own wild adventure. Meet the Warden and listen to his stories, enjoy outdoor sensory activities, solve a mystery in the woods and even put on a special play. This creative day is crafted to spark ideas, give inspiration to all young writers, and compliment literacy activities when you get back to school. Tales and wildlife exploration will engage the whole class and wake up all your imaginations! 


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, learn about food chains on our energy flow training and solve a riddle. Your young Earth Caretakers can begin to see how they can make a difference to the planet and use their ideas back at 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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