Welcome to Naturesbase – a living adventure for children and teachers alike. Each trip to Naturesbase , is designed especially for you and your class. As we only have one school visiting at a time, we are flexible to your needs safe and secure. You don't just visit Naturesbase you become part of Naturesbase as we are with you from 8 am until bedtime.
We provide courses for primary, secondary and A level school groups and teachers INSET. Open from the end of January to the beginning of December, there are over 40 exciting, outdoor adventure, educational & environmental activities on our 10 acre site in west Wales
We have over 25 years experience teaching and inspiring children, students and teachers in and about the natural environment. We encourage and challenge children to be creative, to learn by doing, to work as a team, to use their initiative,to get their hands dirty, to immerse themselves into the natural environment in fun and enjoyable ways. All our learning is aligned to the creative curriculum or fieldwork syllabus where all, whatever their ability gain in skills, confidence and self-esteem.
We are a little different in terms of approach and activities here at Naturesbase, focusing on school visits from a holistic perspective providing a very secure, inspiring and nurturing environment. After 25 years of hosting inspiring school journeys we know it is about the ‘sense of place, the awe and wonder, the quality of the food, the care and attention to detail, the environments, the people you meet, the night time anticipations and excitement, the teaching styles and the wide range of learning opportunities, as well of course, as the formal activities.
We offer outstanding outdoor, cross curricular experiences from dawn to dark. Where most classrooms end, ours begin.
Would your primary class like to....
-collect eggs each morning for breakfast or bottle feed lambs?
-experience history by building shelters as ancient Britons did?
-make & bake a pizza in an earth oven or light a fire from a spark?
-grind wheat to make flour then bread or out maneuver the angry farmer in the swamp
-develop confidence and skills through night time orienteering and hunting for bats?
- navigate 5 miles to the coast and build them parks for crabs
-explore different habitats through engaging fieldwork?
-scale the mountains and discover the jewels and eat lunch a secret mountain bothy.
We believe that the same attention and focus that you give to delivering quality education and experiences at school, should be given to your residential trips.
Our sessions are flexible, they can be structured to meet national curriculum objectives,or more focussed on building your classes confidence and self esteem. What ever you want they are always highly interactive and hands on. We work in small groups which promotes team building and group cohesion.
We offer a wide range of field study and adventurous day activities with the evenings focused on cooking pizza in an earth oven, campfires and stories, bat detecting and night time orienteering.
We will welcome you class to our farm, staying in our beautiful Ty Coed Lodges , children and students go home full of energy and teachers go home with a wealth of new ideas.
Thank you so much for the amazing time that our children enjoyed yet again at your wonderful Naturesbase. We are so thrilled with the levels of enjoyment, independence, team work, adventure and community spirit that you instill in them and the amazing things that the children achieve whilst with you. The coverage of the curriculum at Naturesbase is fantastic but nothing can quite capture or match up to all those wonderful extra-curricular moments and opportunities that stay with the children for the rest of their lives. Wonderful memories in a wonderful magical place - thank you so much.
'A year's worth of awe and wonder' Ex OFSTED inspector.
Why book Naturesbase for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
Groups at Naturesbase are not just visitors, they take an active part in all that we do from waiting at the tables, feeding the lambs and making pack lunch.
To maintain our own high expectations and standards we only accommodate one school at a time, we provide freshly cooked homemade meals, we organise and teach from 8 am until bedtime and we work with you from day one as a combined team ensuring the best possible outcome.
As passionate teachers with over 25 years experience of hosting residential visits and field trips, here at Naturesbase we guarantee:
-to work closely with you, working and planning as a team from day one so if you have any questions or require any clarification we are only an email or phone call away.
-free visits to your school to talk to parents teachers and pupils.
-sole use of the centre and 10 acre grounds, hill fort, play barn, woodland and stream for the duration of your stay
- bespoke 4,6 & 8 bed children's rooms with beautiful home made bunks, accompanying adults stay in single or twin rooms which feather duvets and fluffy pillows
- One free teacher place for every 8 pupils
-courses carefully designed to link to curriculum requirements using many of the inspiring environments on the farm or within easy reach of excellent river or coastal field sites.
-we are on call 24 hr a day taking care of all your needs once you arrive; providing cosy comfortable accommodation, plenty of yummy home made food, much from the farm and organising transport during your stay.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Craft.
Being on a farm in a natural setting we are ideally suited to create a wide range of art. We explore making paint, working with our own wool to make felt, craft hedgerow jewelry, dye with leaves, create rangolis, weave reeds to make celtic crosses sculpt faces with mud wwe dig from the river.
Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Healthy eating.
Being on a farm we try and produce as much food as we can. We also strive towards sustainability so healthy meals and food waste are important to us. We talk about meals and waste and play zero hero to try to see which school over the year has the lowest food waste.
What activities are available during group visits?
Here are some of the activities on offer for KS2 & KS3. please see our website for more. And if you don't see what you are looking for we are happy to design it for you.
Morning help - each morning your class will help around the farm for half an hour, feeding the pigs, collecting eggs, emptying the compost, filling the bird feeders, bottle feeding the lambs, making the pack lunch and setting the table for breakfast and then delivering the food to the tables.
Village Detective - There is a mystery in the village that needs to be solved by answering 20 questions around the village. This encaging activity provides the opportunity to explore a welsh speaking village, compare and contrast with the home environment and develop a sense of place. A great first afternoon activity to create a sense of place.
Dragon hunting - based on maths clues and using a map, children complete a series of experiential activities around the farm and seek to find the body parts of a lost dragon, build it and then bring it alive by making it breathe fire.
Survival in the wild 1 - what would it be like to survive on a deserted island? Or 4000 years ago at the end of the of the stone age? In tribes we explore artefacts, skulls, traps, furs, stone axes which can be made from nature. We then visit nature’s ’supermarket’ and forage before collecting the elements to light a fire with out matches, boil dragon vomit and eat sugared slugs.
Survival in the wild 2 - continuing the desert island or stone age theme, the tribes enter the ‘wilderness’ to build nomadic tribal shelters, form pots from river clay, dance to win extra resources, create muddy faces to ward off evil spirits and test if the shelters can survive the impending rain storm!
Learning and building together - Our eight 15 minute team building activities enable children to develop communication and listening skills. Whether tackling 'The Mago Egg', 'Tyred Out' or ‘Flat pack frenzee’, our team building challenges will help your class to bond and work together.
Water water every where - This ultimate team building challenge pitches teams against each other and the clock. The aim is to carry buckets of water over obstacles, some buckets have holes in and some participants are blindfolded. The most water wins.
Darwin Day - aquatic and terrestrial mini beasts. Looking for these creepy crawlies in the pond, under logs, stones, in bushes and meadows, we will learn about habitats, adaptations and life cycles.
Ancient Britons & Celts - what was it like to live 4000 yrs ago? We will compare and contrast with life today, carve a throwing arrow, storm a hill fort, create a rune, build a hurdle fence, mix earth to paint with, cook flat breads and grind wheat with a stone.
Farmers in training - discover what life is like for the farmer, discover how farming has changed over the years, churn cream into butter, grind wheat into flour, create scarecrow, tend to the animals and make soap from what we find.
Celtic adventure to the sea *- map in hand the pupils lead us down the valley to the secret garden once owned by welsh poet Dylan Thomas. We head for lunch on the river bank before spending an hour touring the historic mansion house illustrating how the household lived in the 1840’s. Our journey ends at the coastal town of Aberaeron where we crab fish, build theme parks for crabs on the beach and eat honey ice cream.
Investigating rivers and streams -We ‘ll make the rivers flow on our huge river model before following the Camel stream from its source near Naturesbase to where it joins the river Aeron.
Weather studies & renewable energy - Ever wondered what it would be like to be a weather forecaster? Become a meteorologist for the day, learning about different types of weather, climates and micro-climates.
Sustainable futures - with an sustainable infrastructure including solar panels, biofuel boilers, straw bale buildings, earth structures, extensive composting area, animals and vegetables, Naturesbase offers a unique opportunity for children to learn about sustainability and even make and bake in a solar oven.
Art in the landscape -Be inspired by the amazing work of Andy Goldsworthy before getting out into the meadows and creating your own piece of environmental art!
Evening activities - Outdoor Pizza Making - cook in one minute
Orienteering - we have two different routes around the farm great to do in the dark
Angry farmer—avoid being caught by the angry farm whilst trying to protect wildlife.
Campfires & singing, bat detectives , wildlife challenge, story telling and eco drama
The ultimate nomadic mountain challenge * suitable for yr 5 & 6, The Cambrian mountains offer a days adventure exploring the largest area of wilderness in England and Wales. We will navigate our way adjacent to a stream leading to the lakes, immerse ourselves in this wild landscape, write a poem and have lunch in a mountain bothy before returning tired yet inspired.
Puttocks - A unique game we made up. A cross between rounders and cricket .
Early Britons / Celts, Iron age, Victorians, survival in the wild, team building, farmers in training,Crab fishing, Welsh village study, Ice cream treasure hunt, Crab theme parks, night time orienteering, organic sculpture, Celtic adventure, campfire- stories and songs, soap making, coin smelting, hedgerow jewellery , stick carving, mini beast detectives.....
What size groups do you cater for?
We can cater for 42 children in beautiful rooms of 4,6 & 8 and 6 adults in our bespoke sustainable accommodation lodge. There is central heating in all rooms and 5 bathrooms, 9 showers. Bottom sheets and pillow cases are provided for students; feather duvets and fluffy pillows etc are standard for visiting staff. We also offer camping for up to 20 in the summer term in beautiful safari style tents. Staff tents have futons and furniture in them.
If you have specific dietary requirements it is not a problem! The catering team have wide experience cooking for different diets such as specific food allergies, health conditions or religious requirements. None of the food cooked in the kitchen contains nuts.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We have several classroom spaces. The main classroom holds 40 comfortably, with projector, flip chart and white board. We have many informal covered spaces for smaller group work, and the dining room can double up as an additional classroom in needed. There are endless outdoor classroom spaces as well.
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, all our tutors are trained in first aid to a high standard. A qualified first aider is available 24 hours a day.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
It is sometimes hard to truly capture the magic of Naturesbase in words so do please get in touch or phone us. Here is what one head teacher thought after there first visit.
Thank you so much for the amazing time that our children enjoyed yet again at your wonderful
Naturesbase. We are so thrilled with the levels of enjoyment, independence, team work, adventure and community spirit that you instill in them and the amazing things that the children achieve whilst with you. The coverage of the curriculum at Naturesbase is fantastic but nothing can quite capture or match up to all those wonderful extra-curricular moments and opportunities that stay with the children for the rest of their lives. Wonderful memories in a wonderful magical place - thank you so much.
R. Scutt Headteacher Stow Primary School
Reviews from Schools visiting Naturesbase!
"' Naturesbase is an extraordinary experience for children. It works wonders for their understanding of nature, each other and deepens their value of appreciating freedom and creativity in a space which feeds the soul. Gyles and Alison and the team work hard with care, thought and love which permeates the experience and provides the children with one of those memories which stays with them for the rest of their lives.'"
Kate Ringrose Firwood Manor School
"Thank you so much for the amazing time that our children enjoyed yet again at your wonderful Naturesbase. We are so thrilled with the levels of enjoyment, independence, team work, adventure and community spirit that you instill in them and the amazing things that the children achieve whilst with you. The coverage of the curriculum at Naturesbase is fantastic but nothing can quite capture or match up to all those wonderful extra-curricular moments and opportunities that stay with the children for the rest of their lives. Wonderful memories in a wonderful magical place - thank you so much."
Headteacher Stow Primary School
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
From £45pppn + VAT
Peak Season Summer Term £55pppn + VAT
High Season Sept - Oct and Feb half term to Easter £50pppn + VAT
Low Season November Jan Feb £45pppn + VAT
Full tuition and full board
Based on 28 children. 1 staff free place for 7 childrenb
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
September / October Price from £45ppn min 2 nights, Teachers free
This is an exciting offer for the 2019 Autumn term for KS2 & KS3 pupils. All activities, food and accommodation included with 14 hours tuition a day.
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