What the Forestry Commission offers at Alice Holt Forest and in other forests in the District
Whether you choose to lead your own visit or take part in a guided visit programme, there are plenty of opportunities for learning at Alice Holt and at other locations for all ages.
Guided visit programmes at Alice Holt are listed under key stage (see left hand menu)and involve lively, hands-on activities for all ages which support curriculum and exam course learning. We also offer training in outdoor learning for education professionals.
Guided visits in other locations are offered by partner organisations and details of these are given below under 'Third Party Providers'
Schools and groups are welcome to visit Alice Holt and other forests in the district for self-guide visits, too, and there are resources available to help you make the most of your visit (see 'Self-guide Educational Visits' below).
Whichever kind of visit you choose it would really help us to have your opinions after the visit and you can let us know about it by completing our questionnaire online
Information about all the opportunities and the practicalities of visits to the forest are set out below and in the menu pages.
At Alice Holt Forest
We plan our education programmes to meet teachers' specified learning objectives. We assess student progress throughout the visit, adapting delivery and content to suit the audience. Details of the educational programmes available are organised by age group:
Our Early Years programmes are delivered by our partner Wild Learning www.wild-learning.net
For further information on all learning opportunities at Alice Holt please get in touch on 01483 326264 or 01483 326266 or email email@example.com
In other locations
Listed below are our current learning partners, offering a range of learning opportunities in the forest district (Hampshire, Surrey, part of West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and Isle of Wight). The number of partners has grown over the last year and we expect it to increase futther
If you would like to make use of a site over a period of time to run your own programme of activities e.g. Forest School, you will normally need a permit to do so. Please contact us to discuss your plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Heritage offers a range of learning opportunities for schools and other groups. For more information please visit www.wildheritage.co.uk , email email@example.com or telephone 01590 612 766
New Forest National Park For information about learning offered by the National Park please visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk
Moors Valley Coutry Park For information about learning at Moors Valley please visit www.moors-valley.co.uk or telephone 01425 470721
Ranmore Forest, Surrey
Tree Tops Forest School runs Forest School sessions for pre-school children and plans to offer school holiday activities. For more information please visit www.treetopsforestschool.co.uk, email Nataliejones18@hotmail.comor telephone 01483 490149
Queen Elizabeth Country Park Hampshire County Council runs educational visits in this forest. For more information please visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/qecp.htm
Harewarren Woods near Salisbury
Muddy Wellies from January 2015 will offer learning activities for pre-school children, parties for pre-school and primary age children and plan to run a nature club later in the year.
For more information please visit www.muddywellies.net , email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07870 909755
Isle of Wight, Parkhurst Forest and Firestone Copse
Wood Learn Forest School runs forest school sessions for school age children and young people from Reception to Yr.13.
For more information please visit www.forestschooliow.co.uk ,
email email@example.com or telephone 01983 246986 or 07710 324868
Self-guide educational visits
These are a great alternative to our guided programmes and there's also the option to run a self-guided afternoon after a guided morning session. If you are planning a self-guided visit please get in touch beforehand so we can help you get the most out of your visit, give you the opportunity to benefit from reduced coach parking charges and make you aware of any other activities in the forest which may affect your visit.
We are steadily adding to our suite of downloadable learning resources to help you get the most from your own visits. To find them please click on Resources in the left hand menu. There's also a link there to more resources on our FC England national learning pages. They include resources for teachers planning a visit to use the Sky Rainforest Trail (see below).
Monitoring and evaluation is important to help us maintain our high standards and to meet both our own objectives and those of the groups with whom we work.
We evaluate our own performance after each visit and we value feedback from teachers and group leaders. We have two primary channels for providing feedback, our online survey and local site questionnaires for primary and secondary school visits. Teachers and group leaders are invited to discuss all aspects of their visit, including assessment and evaluation before they bring their groups.
Sky Rainforest Trail
The Sky Rainforest Trail at Alice Holt Forest looks at the problems facing the Amazon Rainforest and compares it with the sustainably managed forests in this country. We have produced detailed primary school and secondary school resources for teachers to help them make effective use of the Rainforest Discovery Trail to support curriculum-based work. They include practical activities, questions and information.
Parking at Alice Holt Forest
Parking is free of charge for visits led by Alice Holt staff but parking charges apply to self-guided educational visits. If you book in advance you will be charged at reduced rates.
Teachers, early years professionals and student teachers
Do you want to do more outdoor teaching and make better use of your school grounds but don’t know where to start? We can help.
The Alice Holt education team runs CPD for teachers, school support staff and early years practitioners and training days for student teachers. We run courses for early years practitioners and primary school staff which include hands on experience of a range of activities with cross-curricular application, discussion of the benefits of outdoor learning and a look at risk assessment. For secondary schools we offer training for geography fieldwork and aspects of citizenship, particularly appropriate for NQTs and non-specialist teachers. We can provide a course especially for your school or setting staff (or for staff from a group of schools or settings) at Alice Holt Forest or a Forestry Commission woodland near you.
Alternative educational setting placements are also available to student teachers. For more information and booking please ring 01483 326264 or email Helen Wallace.