Outdoor Education School Visits

If you’re wondering about bringing your class to the Wood-Meadow and would like to see what happens during a visit, please watch this short video.   Filmed with thanks to Escrick C of E Primary School and Riccall Primary School.

For further information you can download our Outdoor Education Free School Visit leaflet

If you would like to book a visit please complete our Outdoor Education Visit Enquiry Form

school girls wildflowersThree Hagges Wood-meadow, planted in 2013, provides wonderful opportunities for schoolchildren to learn about their local environment (trees, plants, insects and mammals) in its natural setting.  In partnership with OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) and University of York we have devised workshops to support KS1 and KS2 cross curricular studies. To download our resources please visit our Resources For Schools page.  Please see below for list of topics with curriculum linked options.

The Spring and Summer terms are an especially glorious time to visit, while the wood meadow is preparing to burst into full bloom, but you would be equally welcome to visit during the Autumn term. Visits can be unaccompanied or you can arrange for a guided visit. Both types of visit need to be booked in advance by completing our Outdoor Education Visit Enquiry Form so that we can ensure the correct equipment is available on the day.  We would encourage you to visit our site in advance and we run teachers’ pre-visit sessions and inset days.

Parking is easy, with room for cars and minibuses.  The Bodgers’ Den outdoor classroom and our eco-loos are available for the group to use.

For further information download our  Outdoor Education Free School Visit leaflet

If you would like to book a

School Workshop Topics

In partnership with OPAL (Open Air Laboratories), based at the University of York, we have developed five study packs, each focusing on topics covered in the National Curriculum. The five packs are: food chains, meadows, pond dipping, pollination and seed dispersal. These packs are designed to be self guided, and contain all resources required for the visit.  This allows a flexible approach to access, and teachers can bring groups without requiring input from the woodland team.  The packs are aimed at up to 30 children from Key Stages One and Two.  There may be other topics which you would like to investigate, and supervised visits can be arranged, which may include survey work which contributes to The National Database.  The list of available topics currently comprises:

Food Chains

  • Science Living things and their habitats – food chains, classifications and reasons for classifications.


  • Science – Working scientifically – observation, identification and classification, gathering and recording data, suggesting answers based on observation, gathering and recording data. Plantsidentify and describe structure of plants, identify and name garden plants and trees, identify and describe structure
  • Geography – geographical skills and fieldwork – use compass directions
  • Mathematics – measurements – compare lengths and heights, measure and record lengths and heights
  • Art and design – Use drawing to share experience.

Pond Dipping

Using pond dipping nets, in a controlled environment, to catch pond invertebrates, which are placed in big trays, and caught in small microscopes, or pooters, for easy observation.

  • Science: Working scientifically – Observation, and using a key, to key out pond invertebrates and identify species. Living things and their habitats – food chains, classification, and reasons for classification, all as observed in the trays – a microcosm of biodiversity. Compare the numbers of eg water fleas to mayfly larvae. Compare trays with invertebrates from different areas of the pond.


  • Science Working scientifically -observation, tests, identification and classification, suggesting answers based on observation, gathering and recording data, observations and measurements, diagrams and charts Plants – identify and name garden plants and trees,  identify and describe structure, identify and describe the functions of parts of plants, transportation of water, explore the role of parts of plants in life cycle Seasonal changes Living things and their habitats  – Classifications and reasons for classifications
  • Mathematics  Measurements – compare lengths and heights, measure and record lengths and heights, measure , compare, add and subtract lengths in standard units
  • Art and design – Use drawing to share experiences, Create sketch books to record observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.

Seed Dispersal

  • Science : Working scientifically – tests and observations Plants – observe how seeds grow into plants, growing conditions for plants Living things and their habitats – life processes of reproduction in plants