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Ranger-led learning at Grizedale Forest

The Forestry Commission is working in collaboration with our appointed learning partner, Playful Nature, a South Lakes based environmental and creative learning provider.

Playful Nature is run by Amy Boud, an ecology graduate who has been involved in outdoor education for the past 10 years.  Amy is a qualified Forest Schools Leader (Level 3), she has undertaken Philosophy 4 Children Level 1 training and is Outdoor First Aid qualified. Amy works with schools across Cumbria offering environmental and creative learning, mostly for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Amy also runs outdoors music and art based workshops and likes to bring music into her wider work, to give it a unique and enjoyable added dimension. Amy has also managed and delivered programmes including the John Muir Award. 

School group on an education visit taking part in a shelter building exercise






We offer a range of educational experiences that make the most of this unique learning environment. From EYFS through to KS3 we provide for a progression in delivery style and depth of learning.  Our sessions include scientific themes such as plant and animal identification and classification, food chains, environments, habitats and conservation. The forest is a great place to build personal and social skills and we cater for this with activities such as sensory walks, survival skills and shelter building.  Opportunities to work creatively feature throughout our learning provision and form the focus for sessions centred on storytelling and music.

The outdoor classroom naturally lends itself to a cross curricular approach, and our activities cut across subject areas: Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, Music and PSHE. Our ethos leans towards holistic learning and aims to appeal to all learning styles.

Our programmes:School group making sculptures in the forest


KS2 & KS3


Facilities at Grizedale include indoor spaces too, in case the worst of the weather should draw in!  Shelter can be found in the indoor classroom in the Yan building, but we try to stay outdoors as much as we can. Lunch under a tarp in the trees is much more fun!

Students of all Abilities

The woods at Grizedale may be wild but they are not entirely inhospitable or indeed inaccessible.  If you want to discuss the specific abilities and needs of your children then please do get in touch.  We endeavour to provide something for everybody. 


We charge £125 for a half day session and £175 for a full day and can work with group sizes of up to 30 children. You should also be aware that there will be a separate car or coach parking charge.


DBS Checks, Health and Safety and First-Aid

• All staff on all sessions are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificated.

• All sessions are risk-assessed for health and safety. Copies of Risk Assessments will be provided upon booking.

• All sessions are run with at least one member of staff holding a current First Aid Outdoor certificate. 

Contact Us

For more information please e-mail



Last updated: 11th July 2017

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