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Date updated: 17/05/2022

Join us for a fun, inspiring outdoor learning experience. Connect with nature and ignite curiosity with our hands-on learning sessions.

From exploring Tudor buildings or habitats to orienteering and eco-art, we have lots of unforgettable sessions to offer - each designed to help children explore and discover nature and to support learning in schools.


If you have any questions you'd like answers to before you book, please call the Learning Team on 020 8529 6607 or email the Learning Team.

Session Price
State school session £99 per session
Independent school session £129 per session

Booking and funding support

KS2 school programmes

Get your hands dirty with a member of the Epping Learning team in a minibeast hunt at Epping Forest. Students will be taught how to use specialist equipment such as sweep nets and beating sheets to help them with catching and classifying invertebrates. They will also have a go at using binoculars to look at the adaptations of water birds at Connaught Water. Emphasis can be placed on classification, evolution, adaptation, food chains or life cycles depending on the topic of study.

Activities include:

  • Minibeast hunting – use ID guides, beating sheets, sweep nets and magni-pots
  • Bird identification with binoculars

Be immersed in history and discover the royal legacy of Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge and its link to Epping Forest. Explore the Lodge’s three floors with a member of our learning team, who will point out their favourite features hiding in this Grade II listed building. Students will be introduced to different aspects of Tudor life along the way, including Tudor food, fashion and social hierarchy.

Activities include:

  • Tour of building
  • Handling artefacts
  • Tudor clothing

Take a step back in time with the Epping Learning team who will introduce you to Epping Forest, the home of two Iron Age hill forts dated 500 BC. The scene will be set by completing a timeline and delving deeper into the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. Enter the forest and have a go at identifying animal tracks, fire lighting and shelter building. Would your group survive in the Iron Age?

Activities include:

  • British prehistoric timeline
  • Fire lighting
  • Shelter building
  • Tracking and foraging

Get creative at Epping Forest and make nature-inspired art with a member of the Epping Learning team. In groups students will analyse examples of eco-art by famous artists such as Andy Goldsworthy to help them think about the different textures, colours and patterns they can find in nature. They will have the opportunity to try their hand at activities such as creating nature mosaics, sculpting and Hapa Zome, the art of Japanese leaf bashing.

Activities include:

  • Analysing artwork by a famous artist
  • Nature mosaics
  • Clay sculpting
  • Hapa Zome (Japanese leaf bashing)

Navigate your way through time and discover what Epping Forest was like at different periods in history. Begin at the View Visitor Centre, where a member of the Epping Learning team will show you how to use a map to find your way around the forest. In teams, search for the historical clues marked on the map and solve them all to win!

Activities include:

  • Map reading
  • Historical clue solving

Imagine your phone has no signal, it is getting cold and dark and you’re running out of food and water… Enter Epping Forest with the Epping Learning team who will guide you through this survival session. Have a go at fire lighting and shelter building and put your teamwork skills to test to see if you can become a modern survivors.

Activities include:

  • Fire lighting
  • Shelter building
  • Team building