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Learning Opportunities at Grizedale Forest

Situated in the south of the Lake District,  Grizedale Forest offers fantastic opportunities to inspire and excite learners of all ages and abilities.

A working forest with abundant wildlife and natural habitats, Grizedale is also a tourist hub for adventurous activities like mountain biking and zip trekking and an art destination with around 40 sculptures placed throughout the woodland.  A network of walking trails allow visitors to explore every corner of the forest.

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With additional facilities including a large classroom for hire, on-site toilets, cafe, play area, this forest is provides a wonderful setting for groups to carry out a range of learning programmes.

Accesible by coach from the south and by car and minibus from the north, Grizedale is at the heart of a rural community.

Ranger-led learning

The outdoor classroom at Grizedale Forest is a fantastic place for an enhanced, creative curriculum. Our learning partner, Playful Nature, offer a range of educational experiences that make the most of this unique learning environment.

Self-led learning

If you prefer to lead your own visit using our trails we're happy to offer support to help with your planning to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
For booking and information on self-led visits please contact: Kate Jordan

Resources for teachers

Early Years Teacher's Pack - A free pack of curriculum-linked activities to provide Early Years and Key Stage 1 educators with the tools you need to familiarise children with the forest and its environment in a fun and engaging way.

A wide range of downloadable lesson plans and activity ideas are avaialble on our England Learning page. 

Children's University

The Forestry Commission has teamed up with Children's University to offer this exciting and engaging activity for children to complete, so that they can learn about the forest and how it is managed, at the same time as working towards their Children's University award.

Practical Conservation for Schools  -sessions delivered by the Forestry Commission

We offer practical conservation sessions which can also be used to support learners working to achieve their John Muir award.
For more inforamtion please contact Kate Jordan

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Life Long Learning and Wellbeing

Actively supporting life long learning in all it's diversity, we welcome enquiries from community and adult learning groups.

Visits to forests have proven health and wellbeing benefits and we're particularly keen to encourage and support groups who would like to explore this further.
Please contact: Kate Jordan

The Yan

This unique building is superb location for you, your group or organisation to get the most from the beautiful Grizedale Forest.

The Yan nestled in Grizedale Valley
 The Forest Learning Classroom can accomodate 60 children and is available free of charge for ranger-led groups.

For details of The Yan hire costs for other groups, contact Kate Jordan  or call 0300 067 4277.


Last updated: 28th August 2017

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