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Learning in Dalby

Forest are for everyone, everywhere…There are many opportunities to explore and discover in Dalby Forest.

Schools and groupsSchool group on nature walk, Salcey forest

Ranger in a bag is really popular here at Dalby Forest.

These resource backpacks provide all you need to run your own successful educational visit in the forest.

Each activity bag contains equipment, games and resources for a class of up to 35 children and are most suitable for children aged 4 - 11 years old. All packs include a 10 minute intruduction talk from a Forest Ranger about Dalby Forest.

Each bag includes enough activities for a half day session so why not hire two bags of your choice to make your own full day programme. Session times available 10-12.30 and 1-3.30pm

Stream Studies  Including activities to study the stream flow, profile and creatures.

Amazing Animals  A selection of clues and evidence left behind by forest animals and birds, as well as a minibeast search in the forest habitat, will inspire the detectives and naturalists within your group.

Orienteering  A range of courses from beginner to more advanced.

Shelter Building  A great team activity. Children work together to construct sturdy shelters from forest materials. Test the structures using the ‘rain test’.

School group den building in Salcey ForestFantastic Forests  Get to know the trees intimately, by exploring them whilst blindfolded, then look more closely at their structure to identify them and understand their importance.

Sensory Explorers  A fun packed activity walk to stimulate children's senses. See, hear, touch, smell, discover and learn.



The equipment and sites are booked on a first come first served basis.  Please check availability by phoning our Pickering office – 03000674300.  Equipment can be collected from and returned to the Visitor Centre.

Dalby Activity Centre

We are now pleased to announce that Dalby Activity Centre, one of our Learning partners, will now be offering led environmental education sessions.

Each session lasts two and a half hours and can be run as an independent half day activity or combine the two to make a full day. Alternatively you could mix an environmental activity with one of the half day multi-activity sessions that we offer. See our website or give us a call for more information.

Shelter building

Shelter building is a fun activity which encourages children to work as a team in a natural environment.

Tree ID and natural art activities are used as an introduction on the way to our shelter building site. the walk also enables us to look at the forest and discuss the way the Forestry Commission cares for Dalby.

On arrival, the basics of materials needed and techniques required to build a good shelter are discussed before the children are spilt into small teams to construct thier shelters.

Minibeast huntingMinibeast hunt Wyre Forest

Minibeast hunting is a fun activity which encourages the children to explore and discover more about the world around them.

On the short walk from the centre we look at the forest habitat and discuss the way the Forestry Commission cares for Dalby.

After a short introduction the children hunt for a minibeast, giving them an opportunity to observe and identify them close up. Following discussions about what creatures have been found and their adaptations, the session can be finished with natural art activities or fun minibeast related games.

For more information or booking please phone 01751 460590 or email

Families and Children

Activity packs are available to buy at the visitor centre to help you to explore the forest and find out more about the forest and its wildlife.

Habitat Trail - Adventure out on the habitat trail, take an activity pack with you to find out some fun things to look out for and do on your way round this mile long route.School visit to Alice Holt - Orienteering

Orienteering -  Explore the forest in a new way, try your hand at orienteering.  The junior orienteering course from Seivedale is great family fun and will help you find out about Dalby and its wildlife.Learn your trees on the Adderstone Junior Orienteering course or test your map reading skills on the full Adderstone course.

Learning in your local wood.

If you are a forest schools practitioner or are interested in running education activities in the forest we may be able to offer designated areas of woodland that can be used for Forest School or other activities.  Please contact us for more information.

 National Resources 

There are a range of exciting resources to download and use in your local forests to help you learn more about them - click here to find out more.

Last updated: 3rd July 2018

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