Field Study trips for school groups

Environmental education centres

Often referred to as 'fieldwork', enquiry based environmental field study courses for schools cover curriculum subjects including Geography, Biology and of course Environmental Studies, with topics ranging from fluvial or coastal processes to tourism and countryside management. Below you will find the best environmental studies centres in the UK.

A school field studies course could be a single day; more concerned with gathering data to be interpreted back in the classroom, or may last several days - allowing more detailed investigation into methods and techniques of data collection, as well as on site analysis.

The range of field studies courses below cover single day and multi day options. Every venue is happy to work with the school's party leader to offer curriculum friendly courses or adapt and tailor make courses to support specific classroom objectives. Covering all key stages, the courses below will provide your students with practical experience that will improve their understanding of environmental issues.

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Medina Valley Centre
Medina Valley Centre
Medina Valley Centre

Medina Valley Centre
The Isle of Wight is both compact and diverse, a microcosm of South-East England, offering a paradise for Geographers and a range of accessible ecosystems for Biologists to investigate. The Island has over 70 miles of diverse coastline, estuaries with saltmarshes, rocky shores, rivers, managed woodland with red squirrels, thriving and declining settlements, as well as so much more. * No field site is more than a 40 minute drive from the Centre! * Our team of field study tutors are subje...Details & Enquire


Hatton Adventure World

Hatton Adventure World

Originally a Victorian farm, Hatton Adventure World is the result of a farm diversification programme to create one of the leading leisure attractions in Warwickshire. With plenty of farmyard animals to discover, the focus is on learning through hav...
Hatton Adventure World

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere's Schools on Reserves programme brings learning to life at one of the top wildlife sites in the UK. With a series of curriculum-linked sessions for all ages and abilities from Early Years through to post-16....
RSPB Minsmere

Dinton Activity Centre

Dinton Activity Centre

Dinton Activity Centre provides a range of adventurous and environmental activities for learning outside of the classroom! ...
Dinton Activity Centre

Eden Project

Eden Project

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★
Here at the Eden Project in Cornwall, education is central to our mission as a charity. We offer exciting learning opportunities for students of all ages at schools, colleges and universities. ...
Eden Project


Allnatt Isle of Wight

Allnatt Isle of Wight

With our wide variety of activities and action packed courses we can provide quality outdoor learning experiences for all. Our Key Stage range is designed to challenge and stimulate every age group. ...
Allnatt Isle of Wight

Elan Valley

Elan Valley

The Estate is an ideal location for studying topics such as biodiversity, conservation, woodland ecology and management issues, as well as the conflicts and benefits of the construction of dams. ...
Elan Valley

Field Studies Council - East Anglia

Field Studies Council - East Anglia

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Flatford Mill in Suffolk offers fieldwork for all ages from its fascinating, historic location. Day and residential trips available at this Field Studies Council location. ...
Field Studies Council - East Anglia

RSPB Rye Meads

RSPB Rye Meads

At the RSPB, we're passionate about getting young people outside and experiencing nature first-hand. We offer a range of curriculum-linked activities including birdwatching, pond dipping and habitat investigations for Nursery age right up to A-level...
RSPB Rye Meads


The Manor House

The Manor House

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Our team are passionate about creating quality, memorable and exciting experiences and activities from our lovely Manor House near Padstow. We offer full-board accommodation and sole-occupancy for our groups, many of whom return year after year! ...
The Manor House

Allnatt Swanage

Allnatt Swanage

Quality Outdoor Learning Experiences. We are specialists in field work and outdoor adventurous activities in harmony with the Seashore, Coast & Woodlands. ...
Allnatt Swanage

Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Wales

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
4 fantastic locations across North and South Wales offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Discover the mountain scenery of Rhyd-y-creuau, gorgeous coastlines of Dale Fort and Orielton or wonderful parkland surrounding Margam...
Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Midlands

Field Studies Council - Midlands

Our fantastic Midlands locations are Preston Montford in Shropshire and Bishops Wood in Worcestershire. Both offer fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The locations are easy to reach while offering access to beautiful countryside....
Field Studies Council - Midlands


Path Hill Outdoors

Path Hill Outdoors

We specialise in embedding the National Curriculum through an exciting style of delivery and themed days. Based in Oxfordshire within 800 acres of magical woodlands adjacent to the River Thames and on a working farm. ...
Path Hill Outdoors

YHA Langdale

YHA Langdale

YHA Langdale is a beautiful Victorian mansion owned by the National Trust and is a fantastic destination for UK school trips, student tours and educational visits, with spacious grounds that include a Victorian arboretum. ...
YHA Langdale

Wide Horizons Townsend Centre

Wide Horizons Townsend Centre

Wide Horizons Townsend Centre overlooks the charming landscapes of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in Swanage. We welcome you with a superb location, jaw-dropping views and a comprehensive range of adventure activities covering all subjects. ...
Wide Horizons Townsend Centre

Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

Trewern is a multi-activity and field study centre on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our highly qualified teaching staff provide adventurous and educational residential courses that bring the best out of young people. ...
Trewern Outdoor Education Centre


Outback 2 Basics

Outback 2 Basics

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
A fantastic way to get the children really immersed in the wilderness. Interactive and hands on workshops.You can even sleep out in your own shelters to truly get back to basics. Bring the Stone Age alive or Learn Bushcraft and survival skills! ...
Outback 2 Basics

Edgmond Hall

Edgmond Hall

A converted Georgian farm (with small animals)in fabulous grounds, with friendly full-time staff, offers a wide range of outdoor creative "learning adventure" activities to provide a special learning experience. KS1, lower and upper KS2 specialists. ...
Edgmond Hall

YHA Ilam Hall

YHA Ilam Hall

With sprawling grounds and lots of outdoor space to explore this grand Gothic manor offers a magical place for a school residential. Surrounded by the rolling scenery of Dovedale we’re ideally located to visit the many Peak District Attractions. ...
YHA Ilam Hall

City of Caves

City of Caves

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Dig deeper into the social history and geography of Nottingham’s underground sandstone cave network. ...
City of Caves


Conway Centres Tattenhall

Conway Centres Tattenhall

Located in the beautiful village of Tattenhall just 7 miles from Chester the centre offers a peaceful haven and a base for wide range of Outdoor Activities and the Arts. It's proximity to many schools makes it ideal for day courses too. ...
Conway Centres Tattenhall

Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - North of England

3 fantastic locations across the Lake District and Yorkshire offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Discover the mountain scenery of Blencathra, adventurous grounds of Castle Head or lakeside location of Malham Tarn. ...
Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - Scotland

Field Studies Council - Scotland

Two fantastic locations in Scotland offering Curriculum for Excellence linked fieldwork for all ages. Inspire your students at either Kindrogan, Perthshire, by the stunning Scottish Highlands, or Millport on the shores of the Isle of Cumbrae. ...
Field Studies Council - Scotland

Weardale Adventure Centre

Weardale Adventure Centre

We are a provider of high quality adventure activities and outdoor adventure education. We tailor our programmes and activities to your requirements whether residential or day visitors. We have facilities to accommodate 80 residential guests. ...
Weardale Adventure Centre


Share Discovery Village

Share Discovery Village

Share Discovery Village is Ireland's largest residential activity centre, offering a range of over 30 activities onsite to both able-bodied and disabled people. SHARE is based on the picturesque shores of Upper Lough Erne. ...
Share Discovery Village

Conway Centres Beeston

Conway Centres Beeston

Situated less than a mile from Beeston Castle and within very private grounds this cosy and familiar centre lends itself to being used by primary groups. It offers opportunities for a variety of studies within the immediate environment. ...
Conway Centres Beeston

Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

A multi-activity experience including camping in our Canvas Village. 10 tented bunkhouses within the Mendip Hills AONB and our 250 acre activity site. An onsite rocksport quarry and outdoor snowsport park make this a residential to remember! ...
Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

Everdon Outdoor Learning Centre

Everdon Outdoor Learning Centre

We are located in a superb rural setting in an attractive village. The surrounding countryside provides a wide variety of contrasting landscapes and habitats which make the area ideal for the study of Geography, Science and Environmental Studies. ...
Everdon Outdoor Learning Centre


Audley End

Audley End

There's a full day outside the classroom at Audely End House and Gardens. A 17th century mansion complete with Victorian Service Wing, Kitchen Garden and stables to explore outside and visit the hands-on Nursery Suite and Coal Gallery. ...
Audley End

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

Brand new for 2017 – this state-of-the-art hostel is an exciting £14.8 million initiative created in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority. It is the ideal base for exploring the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...
YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

Countrylore Bushcraft Academy

Countrylore Bushcraft Academy

A Bushcraft and Wilderness Living 'academy' based on the Somerset & Wiltshire borders where learning , having fun and being safe are key to all that we do. Tailor made days based on your budget, deliver 'enriching' & confidence building experiences ....
Countrylore Bushcraft Academy

Kingswood centres - The Midlands

Kingswood centres - The Midlands

There are three Kingswood residential adventure centres within easy reach of the Midlands – the original Kingswood Staffordshire centre; Peak Venture, with the beautiful Peak District on its doorstep and Dearne Valley, set in the former Earth Centr...
Kingswood centres - The Midlands


Magdalen Farm

Magdalen Farm

Set on a working organic farm Magdalen provides a unqiue base for students, children and adults to explore the great outdoors. A range of tutor led activities are tailored to you and we provide high quality accommodation with homecooked meals. ...
Magdalen Farm

Conway Centres Oaklands

Conway Centres Oaklands

We offer High Quality Outdoor Education in a residential setting in The Snowdonia National Park. Our activities are adventurous, and challenging and support the curriculum you deliver in school. Experience it for Real at Oaklands, bespoke adventure...
Conway Centres Oaklands

Field Studies Council - South West

Field Studies Council - South West

A choice of locations in Devon and Somerset offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Slapton Ley and Start Bay close to the beach in south Devon and Nettlecombe Court in beautiful countryside surroundings near Exmoor. ...
Field Studies Council - South West

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Located in the picturesque village of Burwardsley our centre offers opportunities unique to it's location. The surrounding countryside provides further possibilities for historical and environmental studies. ...
Conway Centres Burwardsley


Shortenills

Shortenills

Shortenills Environmental Centre offers a dynamic and creative approach to learning in a diverse and beautiful setting. Well equipped classrooms, dining area and dormitories with new programmes for a day visit or residential deliverin great learning....
Shortenills

Eden

Eden

Eden Project Adventure Centre, home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, provides an amazing eco-adventure. High spec en-suite bedrooms made from recycled shipping containers, combined with fantastic activities makes this trip unique! ...
Eden

Conway Centres Anglesey

Conway Centres Anglesey

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
With direct access to the Menai Strait the venue offers both challenging Outdoor Activities & Creative/Performing Arts opportunities. Set in 169 acres there are an extensive range of on-site activities that last 3hrs so are as productive as possible....
Conway Centres Anglesey

The Swanage Centre

The Swanage Centre

The Swanage Centre offers high quality full-board accommodation for a variety of educational and recreational purposes. With excellent facilities and a convenient location, The Swanage Centre is a perfect base for field trips, outdoor activities, spo...
The Swanage Centre


Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Located in North London, a hidden gem of historical interest for school groups. With an internationally renowned art collection, Robert Adam interiors and acres of land to explore! ...
Kenwood House

Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre

Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre

We're an innovative Centre for Outdoor Learning and Nature Connection, with 14.5 acres of woodland and meadow, and a homely Victorian house on site. We'd love to welcome you and your students here! ...
Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits centre is a Charitable organisation providing Outdoor Adventurous activities for all. Our activities are designed to stimulate, educate and motivate all participants at affordable prices throughout the year. ...
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Southport Eco Centre

Southport Eco Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
We offer exciting, memorable, hands-on educational workshops covering a range of curriculum topics. We have a superb teacher satisfaction rate with many supporting testimonials. We endeavour to make your day with us best fit the needs of your pupils....
Southport Eco Centre


Countryside Education Trust

Countryside Education Trust

We are based on a farm, by a river, in a forest, near the sea! Lots of wonderful activities are available from bushcraft to looking after our farm animals to visiting historic sites. Oh, and children rate our food 5/5! ...
Countryside Education Trust

Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge

North Devon's premier outdoor centre. Fantastic friendly staff, exciting activities in wonderful locations and tasty, wholesome food in great surroundings. Makes Skern Lodge the ideal destination for your next residential or day trip. ...
Skern Lodge

Field Studies Council - London South East

Field Studies Council - London South East

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park. ...
Field Studies Council - London South East

Wide Horizons Eltham Environment Centre

Wide Horizons Eltham Environment Centre

A great 9 acre wildlife site, the perfect outdoor classroom for any group!This hidden oasis in the the heart of Eltham will welcome you with many great habitats and sights to see, including woodlands, ponds, gardens, greenhouses and an animal centre....
Wide Horizons Eltham Environment Centre


Wild Survivor

Wild Survivor

'Reconnect with Nature'... We are an elite team of military veterans on a mission to build teamwork, strength of character, resilience, determination and the ability to overcome any obstacle in any situation....
Wild Survivor

Conway Centres Delamere

Conway Centres Delamere

Situated in a magical and inspiring forest environment our popular Delamere centre is a fantastic venue for woodland based activities, whether they be of an outdoor an adventurous, Arts or field studies nature. ...
Conway Centres Delamere

Wide Horizons Horton Kirby Centre

Wide Horizons Horton Kirby Centre

A day centre located in Kent, Wide Horizons Horton Kirby is surrounded by farmland, woods, villages and the River Darent. All of these local environments provide wonderful opportunities for learning and discovery! ...
Wide Horizons Horton Kirby Centre

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

Based on the North Norfolk coast, Holt Hall provides a residential experience for up to 70 students and 8 staff on a private estate of 75 acres of woodland and gardens. It provides opportunities to learn outside the classroom and develop new skills. ...
Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre


Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre

Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre

With almost 11 acres of beautiful grounds, Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre is set above the picturesque town of Llangollen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready for an unforgettable adventurous experience by the River Dee and Horseshoe Falls! ...
Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories. ...
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Based on the edge of a SSSI nature reserve and the picturesque Christchurch Harbour, we offer bespoke trips for Field Studies and Outdoor Activities with highly qualified instructors fully accredited by AALA. ...
Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Anglesey Outdoors

Anglesey Outdoors

Set in a prime location, Anglesey Outdoors is the ideal venue for real outdoor adventure, field studies or simply a place to set up base. Bespoke residentials provided by dedicated professional staff. ...
Anglesey Outdoors


Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre is set within Whitlingham Country Park, just on the outskirts of Norwich, offering bespoke, high quality trips in a complete range of water and land activities to children, young people and the wider community. ...
Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre

The Sustainability Centre

The Sustainability Centre

Sustainability in action! Come and visit us for a day or more to learn all about looking after the planet in our beautiful 55 acre woodland site nettled in stunning the South Downs National Park. Packed with hands on activities for all ages. ...
The Sustainability Centre

Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast is a high quality, family run independent Outdoor Education Centre offering an array of Adventure Activities, Field Studies & Team Building Challenges. ...
Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

Envelop yourself in the natural world and acquire the knowledge and skills of our ancestors with our unique range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Our 250 acre woodland provides the perfect outdoor classroom to engage and inspire young minds ...
Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire


Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills. ...
Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Habitat Study Trips

Habitat Study Trips

Enjoy a curriculum linked day of hands -on habitat study with surveys of pond, woodland,rare chalk grassland and meadow. Use sweep nets and pond nets, observe creatures under magnification and discover and identify predator and prey in a food chain. ...
Habitat Study Trips

Trentham Monkey Forest

Trentham Monkey Forest

A trip to remember!Bring your little monkeys to see 140 free-roaming Barbary macaques in one of the UK's most unique attractions... ...
Trentham Monkey Forest

year of fieldworkOur friends at the Field Studies Council declared 2016 the Year of Fieldwork. The aim of the initiative was to encourage more primary and secondary school groups to undertake practical geographical fieldwork as part of their coursework and to raise awareness of the value of the types of skills learned by pupils, and how these can be transferable. We encourage you to look through the excellent fieldwork providers listed above for inspirational fieldwork trips for your class.

Founding partners Esri UK, Field Studies Council, the Geographical Association, Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have joined together to develop the Year of Fieldwork, to celebrate the importance of fieldwork and outdoor learning.

The initiative also aimed to share skills with those who would like to do more learning outside the classroom. The Year of Fieldwork is took place over the academic year 2015-2016 and there are still plenty of things your school can do to join in and help spread the word about fieldwork:

Take a look at the website www.fieldwork.org.uk for information on these ideas and more details about the Year of Fieldwork. You can also use PlanMySchoolTrip, a great resource for finding opportunities for your school to get outdoors this year.

Field Studies Education

The term 'fieldwork' refers to research or projects that are undertaken 'in the field', rather than in the classroom. On a field studies school trip, students are given the opportunity to get hands-on with comparing, measuring and analysing data, making them more likely to retain information and understand its relevance to the topics being studied.


Where can we go to do fieldwork?

Assuming you are looking for something more structured than popping to the local park with a quadrat, the expert led activities at the environmental education centres we list on this page can help you design a memorable learning experience for your group.


Why is fieldwork important for students?

Field studies is an important part of geographical or scientific investigation. Classroom based learning can give students facts and figures to support ideas and concepts, but if you are able to support this type of learning with fieldwork, you can dramatically improve your students' understanding of the subject.


What subjects and topics benefit from fieldwork?

Geography and Scientific areas of study are the main curriculum subjects that generally make great use of field study projects. More detailed topics include Environmental Studies, Urban Environments, Eco-Systems, Ecology and Biodiversity, Photosynthesis, Food Chains, Habitats, Rivers, Rural Land Use, Coastal Studies, Woodland Management and Glacial Landscapes.


What sort of activities can children get involved in?

The National Curriculum for KS2 states that Geographical fieldwork skills that children should be able to demonstrate include, measuring and recording features the urban and rural landscape using methods such as plans, maps, and digital technologies. For KS3 it suggests that students use fieldwork to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.

More specifically, on a fieldwork school trip children could be asked to carry out various forms of sampling in order to find statistical significances. They may record levels of light, temperature or humidity to study micro-climates, river processes and flooding by measuring channel velocity, and mapping techniques to assess coastal erosion management practices.



outdoor fieldwork

"Research shows that children remember more, learn great social skills and develop enhanced relationships with their teachers as a result of a residential field trip. In our experience, they also have a lot of fun!"
Jane Cooper, Chief Executive
Countryside Education Trust

"Fieldwork has widespread benefits and can be a life-changing educational experience for many. Students gain many crucial skills, such as good organisation, team working, accurate observing and recording, and many communication skills. All of these equip them superbly for work in a wide range of professions as well as benefitting their personal development."
Mel Cousins, Marketing Officer
Field Studies Council

"Inspiring children to be environmentally aware is essential to build enquiring minds, field studies visits allow children of all abilities to learn and achieve together."

"Field studies visits allow children to become immersed in their environment, experiencing targeted learning in Environmental Science whilst covering areas of the school curriculum as diverse as STEM, Geography, Physical Education and the Arts, all in stimulating and exciting outdoor environments which allow children to grow emotionally as well as in education achievement."
Tim Cooper, Development Manager
Groundwork South

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