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Forests are Great for Learning!

Written by: Elmtree Press

Dalby Forest has a fantastic range of self led resources for schools called “Ranger in a bag”. Each pack containing everything you need for a class of 35 pupils and is available either 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm.

All Packs are collected from the Visitor Centre and you will enjoy a 10 minute introductory talk from an FC Ranger about the Forest.

Thinking of booking, here is a description of the topics on offer;

Amazing Animals
A selection of clues and evidence left behind by forest animals and birds, as well as a minibeast search within the forest habitat, this will inspire the detectives and naturalists within your group.

Fantastic Forests
Get to know the trees intimately, by exploring them whilst blindfolded, then look more closely at their structure to identify them and understand their importance.

Sensory Explorers
A fun parked activity walk to stimulate children’s senses. ‘See, Hear, Touch, Smell, Discover and Learn’.

Shelter Building
A great team activity. Children work together to construct sturdy shelters from forest materials. Test the structures using the “rain test”.

Orienteering
With 4 courses to choose within Dalby there’s a course for everyone. Orienteering is a great way to learn map reading skills and team work, while discovering the forest.

Stream studies
Using Dalby Beck the session involves studying the flow rate, measuring width and depth to form a profile of the stream bed, as well as stream dipping to investigate the aquatic creatures.

About the Forest
 Dalby Forest is the Great Yorkshire Forest; it is 3500 hectares in size (equivalent to about 7000 football pitches) and has excellent facilities for all to enjoy.  It welcomes over a third of a million visitors every year.

To enquire about learning at Dalby Forest email learning.yorkshire@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or phone 03000 674300.

To visit Dalby Forest's main page click here