College Lake, Bucks

College Lake Environmental Education Centre

A journey of learning and discovery at College Lake

Education programmes for Primary Schools

  • A skilled education team will lead your day and engage children’s heads, hearts and hands.

  • Imaginative activities offer links with Early Learning Goals, Science and Geography and give opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy skills.

  • A beautiful nature reserve teeming with wildlife, created on the site of an old chalk quarry. Whatever the season, College Lake is the ideal place to visit for a day of learning outside the classroom.

Pond dipping
A wonderful day with fantastic learning opportunities in picturesque surroundings.
Staff member
Buckingham Park School

What you need to know when you visit

  • We offer fully-led days for pre-booked groups year round.
  • Trips usually run from 10am – 2.30pm but timings can be flexible.
  • We request a donation of £7 per child (or £4.50 for half-day programmes), adults are free.
  • Minimum donation of £120 per group.
  • We are located in Bulbourne, on the B488 between the A41 and Ivinghoe (two miles north of Tring).

Teddy Bears' Picnic - Reception and Lower KS1

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Enjoy a day of stories, games and sensory outdoor exploration and remember, there is also a picnic in the woods so don’t forget to bring your teddy! Discover the four secrets of life that enable all animals to survive. Create a new home for your bear and watch out for signs of Chief Teddy Edward. A wonderful introduction to the natural world for your youngest children.

Habitat Safari - Upper KS1 and KS2

Habitat Safari

Hands-on nature discovery that your class will never forget. Choose three one-hour sessions:

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.

Bird Watching: Spot wetland and garden birds.

Micro-parks: Create a magical, mini-world in the woods.

Geology Rocks - KS2

Geology Rocks

Travel back in time 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.

Home Sweet Home - KS2

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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, face the challenge of survival as an animal or plant. Later take on the role of Habitat Surveyors to save the woodland and work together to prove that wildlife is interconnected, adapted to its surroundings and needs protection.

A Wild Tale - KS2

A Wild Tale by Monir Ali

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 KS2

Earth Caretakers

Take part in a day of exploration and adventure 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 their planet and use ideas back at school.

Girl with badger skull
At the end my head was whirling with sounds and thoughts of nature.
Year 1 Child
Newton Blossomville School

Booking a trip is easy!

  • Contact us on collegelakeeducation@bbowt.org.uk or 01442 826774.
  • Discuss your topic choices and confirm the date/s with us.
  • We’ll send out your booking pack, containing a booking form, risk assessments and location map.
  • Complete the booking form and send it back to us before you visit.

Where to find us

We are located in Bulbourne, on the B488 between the A41 and Ivinghoe (two miles north of Tring) at:

College Lake Environmental Education Centre, Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring, HP23 5QG

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