Learning through nature

Forests matter - to all of us, as well as the wildlife that lives in them and we need to make sure that the next generation grow up with a genuine understanding of how important woodlands are. Not just environmentally or economically, but in terms of their sense of adventure, appreciation of the world around them and general health and well-being. The best way to nurture this is to get out there and get stuck in.

The Forest of Marston Vale can offer a range of informal learning activities for schools and other groups, either Ranger led or self led.

Girl pond dipping

Millennium Country Park

The Park has many opportunities for children to get outside and get close to nature. Our activities range from pond dipping to bug hunting, bird watching to scavenger hunting and provide children with a real, hands-on experience that many have never had. We usually limit groups to 30 children with a minimum ratio of at least one adult to six children.

There is no indoor classroom space but our Forest Shelter is available (though it is open-sided), which is why our school visits usually take place in spring/summer. There are, however, a range of rooms available for hire, if you require indoor space.


If your visit is for 2 hours or more, with at least 6 children aged between 4-16 then you will potentially be able to visit free of charge, as we can access funding via Natural England for a limited number of school visits. If you do not fall into this category then we charge £4 per child for half a day (minimum charge of £60) and £8 per child for a full day (minimum charge of £120).

To arrange a visit to the Millennium Country Park, or for more information, call our Senior Ranger on 01234 762610 or send her an email.

Download Millennium Country Park brochure

Our other sites

We are working on a programme of activities for our other sites, but if you would like to book a guided visit to one of our other woodlands please call Jo on 01234 762608 or send her an email.

Resources for self-led visits

Trees for Learning All Seasons Resource Pack

Kids Activity sheets

Hire Explorer Packs