Kent Country Parks

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Kent Country Parks offer so many opportunities for you and your class to explore the great outdoors and interact with the beautiful Kent countryside.

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Kent Country Parks

Kent Country Parks offer so many opportunities for you and your class to explore the great outdoors and interact with the beautiful countryside that Kent has to offer.

Catering for all ages, Kent Country Parks have numerous packages to tie in your visit with a subject matter and the National Curriculum. From numeracy outdoors to forest schools, the breathtaking surroundings and easily reachable locations make Kent Country Parks the perfect destinations to start learning outdoors.

Where to Visit?

Some of our parks house Outdoor Learning Centres, this ensures that the parks can be the perfect learning location come rain or shine!

Find out which park is right for you:

Brockhill Country Park
Lullingstone Country Park
Shorne Woods Country Park
Trosley Country Park

Early Years and Key Stage 1 and 2

All of our parks offer a range of activity programmes led by our dedicated staff. Our education rangers are also happy to tailor-make programmes to suit individual group requirements. You can download details of Early Years and Key Stage 1 and 2 Kent Country Parks descriptions of each programme and how they can link to the National Curriculum.


To book one of our experience days please email us at kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk


The Kent Country Parks service is provided by Kent County Council.

Key Stage 3 and 4

There are a wide range of educational opportunities for Key Stages 3 and 4. We offer a range of specific activities and can also work with teaching staff to support programmes of study which mirror the National Curriculum targets.

We also welcome groups who wish to carry out fieldwork. These groups can use a variety of habitats, classroom space and basic field equipment.

Team Building
Outdoor learning is proven to have a positive effect on young people, and our team building days are great for both small and large groups of students. Suitable for students in years 7 to 13 we can even accommodate whole year groups.  This can be as part of an adventure or induction week, for individual classes of students as a team building activity, or to meet PSHE curriculum targets.  Our woodland setting is the ideal environment for your students’ skills and team spirit to flourish.

Benefits for students:

  • Develop trust, co-operation and respect for others
  • Appreciate the benefits of working as a team
  • Develop leadership and collaborative skills
  • Observe peers in a different environment (for an appreciation of skills and qualities that may not be obvious in a classroom)
  • A fun, healthy and active day, close to nature and away from technology!
  • Great for developing confidence and making new friends


These visits can be linked to the National Curriculum for: Citizenship, Design and Technology, English, Art and Design.  Your students’ day will be tailored to their needs and the aims you have set for the day.  Each day will include four activities from the following.  You can download a details of all our activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 Kent Country Parks.

To book one of our team building days please email us at kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk

Forest Schools

Forest Schools
The Country Parks Forest Schools programme is a great way to enrich teaching the curriculum through woodland adventure.

Our activities can be used as a single session to complement traditional subjects or as a stand-alone unit where groups can visit for a set number of weeks. Each programme is unique, tailored to the needs of your group of children and run by fully qualified level 3 practitioners. The forest schools are available for both primary and secondary school pupils and beyond. The key areas targeted for development include:

  • social
  • physical
  • intellectual
  • language and linguistics
  • emotional
  • self-confidence

Forest Schools for Early Years Foundation Stage
Run over six sessions, our Seedlings Forest School programme has been specifically designed for early year’s children.  It includes sensory, bush craft and play-based activities, and games and songs, all of which encourage the children to build relationships and self-esteem.

The programme also covers the six areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, so you can be assured that your pupils are learning whilst having fun.

Location: Shorne Woods, Lullingstone, Trosley and Brockhill Country Parks
Maximum 15 pupils per session.

Forest Schools for Primary Schools:
Primary school children thrive in a woodland setting. They are still young enough to enjoy games and stories while also being able to develop practical skills and take on a greater level of responsibility.

The programme links with many areas of the National Curriculum including, maths, English, science, design and technology, art and design and citizenship.

Location: Shorne Woods, Lullingstone, Trosley and Brockhill Country Parks

Run over six sessions: maximum 15 pupils per session.

Activities
There is no prescribed programme of activities as we tailor sessions to each group. However, activities we can offer include:

  • Bush craft
  • Fires and cooking
  • Outdoor games
  • Stories and songs
  • Natural art
  • Forest orchestra

All of our activities are linked to the national curriculum, and we can tailor flexible courses complementing classroom subjects.

Alternatively, let us come to you! Our education rangers are also able to visit your site to deliver Forest School activities, saving you money on travel and giving you more time to take part in activities.

Don’t miss out! To book one of our Forest School Days now please email us at kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk

Teacher Training

Teacher Training
We run a variety of teacher training and Continuing Professional Development courses which are held at our Kent Country Parks during the year.  If you have a specific training need then our Education Rangers can design a bespoke course for all teaching staff in your own setting and bring outdoor learning to you.

Forest School at Your Setting:
If you have a suitable setting, we can run the Forest School sessions on your site. The area you use for Forest School doesn't have to be large and our qualified education rangers can give you guidance on how you can make the most of your space!

Forest School Qualifications:
Become an outdoor learning expert! Booking on to our accredited and non-accredited Forest School training programmes for teaching and support staff. Earning this nationally recognised qualification will ensure you have all the knowledge, skills and confidence you need when teaching your pupils in the great outdoors. These courses are regularly held at Kent Country Parks sites across the county.

OCNWMR Level 1 Award in Forest School Principles (25 guided learning hours)
This two day course is designed for anyone with an interest in working in the outdoors in a Forest School Environment and will provide a broad introduction to the principles of Forest School and some basic Forest School activities.

Attendance at both days is required as well as production of written evidence in order to achieve this qualification.

OCNWMR Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (96 guided learning hours)
This 9.5 day course is presented over a one year programme and is designed for teachers, teaching assistants, adults and professionals wishing to run their own Forest School sessions. Providing an in depth understanding of the principles and ethos of Forest School, risk management in an outdoor environment and high-level Forest School skills and Outdoor First Aid techniques.

Attendance at all of the course is required along with production of a portfolio of written evidence to complete the course.

INSET Courses:
You can choose from an exciting range of outdoor INSET courses. These fun and interactive sessions support teaching and learning in the natural environment, delivering a greater understanding of sustainability and assisting the promotion of wildlife, Forest Schools and woodland skills.

We can come to you…
Bring our outdoor learning expertise into your setting or environment, where many of our sessions or activities can be delivered. Make the most of your setting; we can transform your outdoor environment into a magical area of discovery and learning. Our outdoor learning team will work with you to make the most of your outdoor space.

To book your bespoke training session please email us at kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk

Inspire team spirit…
Bond with your team on a Woodland Adventure Day at Shorne Woods Country Park!
There is something for all ages and lifestyles and our staff are great at making everyone feel at home in the countryside, fostering creativity and togetherness on a day packed with exploration and adventure.

The premise is simple. Setting out from base camp use GPS to find and reach four different locations in the park. At each location you must complete a team task. You will be awarded points for the first three tasks. More points mean a better chance of completing the final task, and feeling like a champion!

To book your team building day please email us at kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk

The Kent Country Parks service is provided by Kent County Council.