If ever there was a classroom to bring learning to life, it’s Ashdown Forest. A place to step into a truly interactive experience, whether it’s a lesson in biology, ecology, geography, history or literature.


Bring your school along to explore the forest in quality outdoor learning. Expect hands-on activities to build confidence in nature, promote environmental respect, immersive exploration, new vocabulary and pupil wellbeing.


‘Fantastic – well planned and delivered session. Informative, relevant, active and enjoyable for the children. Good curriculum links.’

‘So much fun!’

‘Well organised! Stress free!’

‘The children had a fantastic time and learned so much for our topic!’

‘Session led by very knowledgeable leaders who kept the children’s interest.’


School Visits:

Our Specialist Education Team provide:


Habitats:                        Animals and their homes, classification

Plants and trees:             What plants need to grow

Seasonal Explorers:        Understand and explore the seasons

Winnie-the-Pooh:           See, hear, touch the literacy landscape


Habitats:    Lifecycles, classification, evolution & adaptation

Maps, Landscape features:  Physical & Human Geography, rocks and soils  

Plants and trees:     Germination, pollination and dispersal

History – Stone Age:           Local history through the ages

Rivers and Water Cycle:     Investigate physical features

Conservation Task Day!      Practical team action for biodiversity

Bespoke Programmes:       Focussed sessions adapted to your class topics

Local School Outreach:     Free sessions delivered at school

Typical Itinerary:

10:00am                               Morning Activities

12 noon                                Lunch

12:30pm                               Afternoon Activities

2:15pm                                 Return to centre and toilets

2:30pm                                 Departure

KS3 and beyond

We offer specialist sessions to KS3 and beyond – please email in your requirements.

If you are planning your own teacher led visit you will need to book in advance and provide your own Risk Assessment and insurances via [email protected]

Clubs and Activities 

Mini Explorers               Monthly group Ages 2-5

Wildlife Explorers               Monthly group ages 7-12

Youth Volunteer Group       Monthly group ages 13-18

Wild Wednesdays       Every Wednesday through school holidays

We are passionate about sharing this rich environment with the next generation, to help them understand their surroundings, and help to shape the future. 

 To book a visit to Ashdown Forest with the Education Team, complete the form below and email it to: [email protected]

Important information for your visit