Look for clues left behind by wildlife in our heath land and woodland habitats. Choose to focus on habitat and adaptation, food chains or survival skills.
This is an opportunity to handle small exotic animals. Choose to focus on feeling and describing, animal care, life cycles, food chains, adaptations or classification and evolution.
Make your own map and recall the story on a walk around nature reserve.
Darwin's Delights (full day)
This is a day long combination of activities. Learn about the theories of natural selection and evolution. Learn how geology forms the basis of Darwin’s later ideas with a walk to our working sand quarry. Complete the day with an introduction to classification and evolution whilst handling exotic animals.
Work as a team to build a den from silver birch logs.
Create your own character and story setting by making a miniature door and magical sign. Develop your story in our beautiful woodland. Please let us know if you are linking this workshop to a specific book e.g. The Faraway Tree.
Learn how to build a camp fire and light it with flint and steel. Toast a treat on it to eat.
Look out for animal tracks and homes as you recall the story on our walk to the deep dark woods.
Hunter-gatherer Survival ...
Your challenge is to find the basic things humans need to survive on the reserve. Learn how to track animals, make a bow and arrow and learn about the history of fire.
Make a River
Call out the features of a river as you watch your classmates tip water down a gulley on the reserve.
Find and identify mini-beasts living in the different habitats on the nature reserve. Choose to focus on habitats, food chains, life cycles or classification keys.
Nature Awareness Walk
Celebrate the season and use your senses on a fun filled walk around our nature reserve. Let us know if you have a specific focus in mind.
Learn how to read a map and use a compass. Work in a team to navigate your way around our on-site or offsite course.
Plant Classification Walk
Learn about the evolution of the plant kingdom and use a classification key to collect examples of algae, moss, fern, conifers and flowering plants on the nature reserve.
Find out how plants work and why they are important by taking part in a selection of games and investigations.
Pond Dipping - Available March to September
Be amazed by the wonderful adaptations of the creatures that inhabit our pond. Catch them and identify them under our dipping shelter. Choose to focus on: habitat, life cycles, food chains, or classification.
Learn about why we find sand and sandstone at Austerfield and visit a working quarry.
Investigate the properties of our extensive collections of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
Find out what soil is made from and investigate the two different types you can find, on a walk, on our reserve.
Make a stick man and take him on an adventure around the reserve.
Surviving Extreme Weather
Your challenge is to find the basic things humans need to survive on the reserve. Prepare for a storm using a modern tarp. Learn about purifying water through filtration and distillation.
Learn the life skills necessary to play our exciting range of team building games.
Carry out some practical activities based on a traditional tale of your choice. Recall the tale during a walk on the reserve. Choose from `The Three Little Pigs’ `Little Red Riding Hood’ or ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk’.
Become part of the water cycle in our fun and active outdoor game!.
Use natural materials found on the reserve to make a piece of art.
Explore our coniferous and broadleaf woodland using a range of equipment.