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School Trips

Self ORGANISED School trips

Self organised group visits of all ages are welcome to visit Black Park and Denham Country Park; however all are required to book their visit via our eventbrite booking form to ensure a safe visit. 

Country Parks School Trips

We run a range of exciting school trips led by trained Forest School practitioners. Our trips take place in a private area of woodland called Black Pines Camp.  

***Due to high demand we are currently only taking bookings for the remainder of our school trip week, and for after the Summer holidays. Remaining dates: 16th, 17th & 19th July*** 

Not only is outdoor learning great for physical and mental health, but it’s also great fun!  Children will get to engage with the planet and explore nature, whilst working towards improved language and communication skills, increased self-esteem and confidence, increased motivation, resilience and greater concentration. They’ll also learn some outdoor specific skills along the way! 

Please email enquiries to: countryparks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk before booking to request more information and to check availability and quotes. We charge £6.50 per student per session.  

What’s included when booking with us?

  • Up to 10 complimentary parking passes (for attending staff) 
  • Free hire of a private picnic area 
  • Custom built schedule by our team 
  • Lots of fun!

If you’re bringing more than one class (30+ students) we recommend making a day of it. We can provide two staffed sessions across a day whilst one group works with us, the other group can explore the park, take part in the orienteering trail, do wildlife bingo, do litter picking or spend time in the play area. We also have a fantastic Go Ape course in the park click here for more information. 

Please note the fire option is only available October – May and due to a change in food safety legislation we are not allowed to provide marshmallows for toasting to under 5’s.  

Reviews

''The Stoke Poges School's Reception Class have enjoyed visiting Black Park for Forest School activities on three occasions. The day has included den building, mini-beast hunting and exploring in the mud kitchen. All of the Forest School activities were led by a knowledgeable and engaging team. We also incorporated transient art, a bug hunt and play in the park, alongside a picnic and ice-lolly. The children had the most amazing day learning and exploring the outdoors, a perfect way to end the school year.''The Stoke Poges School

''Our Trip to Black Park has been very rewarding, enjoyable for the children. Colleagues and management are all friendly, approachable and supportive. Forest School has helped children to develop their confidence and become familiar with nature. Forest school environment enabled children to observe the creation in the outdoor environment. They were able to reflect upon the seasonal changes and how there is a purpose behind every change.'' Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation 

 

Choose from a range of wonderful packages below: 

 

Forest School Fun

Suitable for Nursery – Year Group 3.  Maximum group size 45 students per session. 

1.5 hours.  Maximum of 2 sessions available per day. 

 

Join in some Forest School fun! Students will get the chance to experience a snapshot of what Forest School is all about. The session is split into three 30-minute sessions and the students rotate around each station. They will do the following activities:

 

- Den building

- Bug hunting

- Get creative in the mud kitchen and digging pit.

 

This session is great for team building and getting the students active and outdoors! Students will learn about minibeasts, their life cycles and how to classify them.   

Survival skills

Suitable for Nursery – Year Group 3.  Maximum group size 30 students per session. 

1.5 hours.  Maximum of 2 sessions available per day. 

 

Students will learn some basic survival skills! The session is split into three 30-minute sessions and the students rotate around each station. They will do the following activities:

 

- Den building

- Fire lighting

- Get creative in the mud kitchen and digging pit.

 

This session is great for team building, learning about fires including fire safety and getting the students active and outdoors!   

Terrific Trees

Suitable for Year Groups 1 - 3. Maximum group size 30 students per session. 

1.5 hours.  Maximum of 2 sessions available per day. 

 

Learn all about trees and plants in a beautiful woodland. The session is split into three 30-minute sessions and the students rotate around each station. They will do the following activities:

 

- Plant scavenger hunt

- Build a tree using natural materials 

- Get creative in the mud kitchen and digging pit.

 

This session is great for learning about basic tree and plant identification, learning about the different part of a tree, getting the students active and outdoors and even touches on some maths in a fun way! 

Bushcraft Bonanza

Suitable for Year Groups 3 - 8. Maximum group size 45 students per session. 

1.5 hours.  Maximum of 2 sessions available per day. 

 

This session is jampacked full of fun. Students will learn basic survival skills and learn how to use different tools. The session is split into four 20-minute sessions and the students rotate around each station. They will do the following activities:

 

- Den building

- Fire lighting and marshmallow toasting

- Wood splitting and sawing

- Self-led plant scavenger hunt

 

This session is great for team building, learning about the environment, getting the students active and outdoors, promoting fire safety and allows opportunities to bring cross-curricular elements like mathematical and scientific skills into a new learning environment.  

Woodland Workshop 

Suitable for Year Groups 3 - 8. Maximum group size 30 students per session.  

1.5 hours.  Maximum of 2 sessions available per day.  

 

Students will learn basic plant identification skills and find out how the team manage our woodlands to enhance these habitats. They will take a step into a ranger's shoes and learn how to use some of the different tools we use around the parks! They will also get to saw their own wooden disc that they can decorate and take home. They will also learn how to use woodland materials to make a den or an emergency shelter. The session is split into three 30-minute sessions and the students rotate around each station. They will do the following activities: 

  

- Den building 

- Sawing and disc decoration 

- Self-led plant scavenger hunt 

  

This session is great for team building, learning about woodlands, getting the students active and outdoors and allows opportunities to bring cross-curricular elements like mathematical and scientific skills into a new learning environment.