The bluebell woods are coming into flower, and with the warmer weather there is a renewed interest in outdoor learning. If you haven’t had the courage to bring a group of school children to a farm or to forest school, have a go this term. I am happy to offer a farm visit which includes a “taster” of forest school, if you would like to give it a try without committing to a series of sessions.
On June 8th Outdoor Learning Experiences is offering farm tours of East Hall Farm as part of Open Farm Sunday. Meet at St. Paul’s Walden Bury, where the gardens will also be open. Open Farm Sunday is free, but if you enter the gardens (for which a charge applies) there will also be teas and home made cakes for sale. In addition to June 8th, the gardens at St. Paul’s Walden Bury are also open to the public as part of the national gardens scheme on April 13th, May 11th.
Farm Sunday has expanded to offer a wider season of educational visits for schools. Open Farm School Days runs from June 2-13th, and aims to encourage schools to come and visit farms. This is a great time to see a range of crops as they mature, as well as farm animals (including our calves).
Looking further ahead, we are planning something new this summer. Outdoor Learning Experiences is teaming up with Box of Frogs Theatre School to offer a summer day camp for children ages 6-12. Activities will include drama, music, nature art and craft, and of course, forest school. The camp will run August 12-15th, and 19-22nd. Further details will be posted shortly.