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What will students see and do?

Situated across England, the nation’s forests have something for everyone of any age and ability. If you would like to organise an educational visit to a Forestry England forest, you can choose from a range of options, including the following:

  • Self-guided visits – forests are natural classrooms and the perfect places for hands-on learning. If you take your class on a self-guided visit, the time is yours and you can allow some of that for free play and exploration and let children discover for themselves what they want to learn.

    The forest is also the perfect setting for role-play and scenarios, a fantastic way to encourage their creativity and inspire their minds.

  • Ranger in a Bag – this brand-new learning resource is the perfect tool for a self-guided visit. Ranger in a Bag is suitable for preschool- and primary-aged children and has everything you need for a fun-filled forest adventure, all zipped up in a handy rucksack.

    The bags are based around a career in Forestry England with clear learning outcomes that link to the national curriculum. 
  • Guided visits – if a self-guided visit is not for you, there are a variety of guided visits on offer at many forests. These range from bushcraft to forest ecology and learning about forests and climate change.

    Whatever the session, these hands-on activities led by Forestry England staff or third-party providers will be sure to excite and engage your students.

Teaching resources provided

Forestry England offers free downloadable resources that can be used pre-visit, during your visit or post-trip to take the magic back to the classroom. There are lesson plans, spotter sheets, activity sheets and lots more available.

Details of risk assessment

For details about completing a risk assessment for your visit, head to the Forestry England website.


Don't miss our downloadable A-Z guide on completing a risk assessment

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Facilities on-site

On-site facilities typically include toilets, picnic areas and cafes. See the Forestry England website for more details about your chosen destination.

Opening times

Forestry England forests are open during school hours. See the Forestry England website for more details about specific sites.



The cost of your visit is dependent on what you have booked (e.g. a guided or self-guided trip). Contact Forestry England for more information.

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