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Learning at Hicks Lodge

Family having lunch at Hicks Lodge. National ForestHicks lodge offers a fantastic learning opportunity for people of all ages and abilities, combining hands-on education with ideas for active minds.

We can offer a wonderful setting for groups to carry out learning programmes, as well as trails, resources and activities for the life long learner.

Forests are wonderful places to learn and there are a number of opportunities available to you and your group when you visit us.

Facilities at Hicks Lodge for groups  includes  trails, log circles, café, toilet facilities, picnic tables and a play area.  A small classroom may also be available for hire.

Why not step outside to see, hear, touch, smell, discover and learn in your local woodland.

Ranger in a Bag   - Learning in your Forest

Our ‘Ranger in a Bag’ scheme provides all you need to run your own day successfully. Bags can be hired with one or two activities inside. These activities are usually placed in backpacks for easy use in the field. The activities have equipment, games and resources for a class of up to 35 children. Activities are most suitable for keystages 1 and 2.

Activities include:
• Woodland Art
• Shelter Building
• Minibeasting
• Sensory Explorers
• Animal Detectives
• Fantastic Forests

Cost: £50 per bag per half day.

Other learning oportunities

Introduction session: A introductory half day led visit may be available for schools visiting the site for the first time.

Walks and talks: Walks and talks on sustainable forest management and recreation and tourism may also be available and suited to those studying at a higher level.

Not find what you’re looking for? Please contact the learning team to discuss your group’s needs.

Planning your day:

To help your day go smoothly and to help with your planning stage, example activity risk assessments and suggested learning objectives are available. We also provide other safety information for the site.

Whenever possible on all booked visits, a ranger will meet and welcome your group. This is a chance to meet a new face and someone who works for the Forestry Commission.

For both led and self led options a pre-visit is always recommended. This is to ensure you know where you can go, what you will be doing and what resources are available.

If you would like to organise a pre-visit or would like more information about the facilities, ideas for activities or to tell us you are visiting, please contact the learning team 

Activity downloads

We have a range free activity sheets available to download to encourage children to enjoy their local forest with families, friends and teachers.

Last updated: 3rd March 2018

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OS Grid ref: SK 329 155
Postcode: LE65 2UP

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