Naturesbase only hosts one residential group at a time. You and your class will have exclusive use of all the facilities, accommodation and 7 acre site for the duration of your stay. If you would like to book for Autumn 2021 we will not take any deposit until the government allows school residential trips to continue. I am afraid we are fully booked for the summer 2021.
Welcome to Naturesbase – a living adventure for children, students and teachers alike.
Post Covid, you'll be reassured to know that we only ever have one school visiting at a time, we are flexible to your needs, safe and secure. Each trip to Naturesbase is designed especially for you and your class. 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 adventures, educational & environmental activities and field studies on our 10 acre site in west Wales and further afield.
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? ( A level students enjoy this to!)
-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. We care about both the activities we do and the well being of our visitors.
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 well being & 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?
Farmers in Training Each morning for half an hour before the formal activities begin, children will help out around the farm. Then there is an option to 'Become a farmer for a day' and learn important skills that have been passed down through the generations in this strong farming community. We will make hurdle fences, feed animals, create scarecrows, muck out, grind corn and make flour then bread for supper, churn butter and finally sow seeds before completing a taste tour of the veg patch!
How many mini beast are there at Naturesbase? This is a real world investigation. We will become minibeast detectives and introduce the idea of sampling, averaging and extrapolation. Working as scientists we explore the woodland, hedgerows, meadows and stream habitats to work out the number of creatures that share the farm with us. This is also an ideal way to discover predator / prey relationships, investigate camouflage, explore the fascinating ways many animals have adapted, and study food webs.
Curriculum topics available: Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Craft, Printingmaking, Bookbinding.
How to capture the beauty of nature through art. Working as artists and being on a farm in a natural setting we have a wealth on our palette 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, press leaf prints, sculpt faces with mud we dig from the river, and construct organic sculptures before visiting Naturesbase art gallery and review our work.
Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Healthy eating.
Where does are food come from and why is farming so important? 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.
At Naturesbase we remain active a lot of the time. We partake in several different challenge trails, orienteering routes and Celtic adventure walks as well as outdoor active game during free time. Through a series of imaginative active team challenges , children will experience a variety of problems to solve, testing leadership and group skills along the way, essential skills towards active global citizenship, with a lot laughter, frustration, and fulfillment along the way! Many schools often replicate these when back at school.
How did the lives on ancient Briton change during Stone Age? ( Bushcraft in context)After a brief introduction on life in the Stone Age and where it fits in the chronology of human history, in tribes, children learn how the Celts survived in the Aeron valley years ago. After setting the scene, we will track footprints to the woodland, build shelters next to the stream, light small fires with a spark, make herb tea, make pots from the river bank and weave dream catchers.
Celtic iron age How do artifacts help us understand the lives of Iron Age Briton? After a brief introduction on Celtic life and where it fits in the chronology of human history we will consider what life was like in the iron age and compare a children’s life with the present day. Through a series of carousel activities children will have the opportunity to create hedgerow jewelry, smelt coins, weave hurdles and daub mud, make runes from ancient scripts and make soap with herbs
We offer a wide range of activities, enquiries, adventures and explorations for primary, secondary and teacher groups. Each course is individually designed so that we together can make sure you get the most out of your visit to Naturesbase. Once you have arrived
Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so important? After a brief introduction on life in WWII and where it fits in the chronology of human history we will experience key skills during the WWII including hurdle making, 'Dig for Victory' in the veg garden, 'Make-Do-Mend', learning how to plait, sew on a button and make bread. Children will take part in games typical of the 1940s, including dominoes, marbles, hop scotch, naughts and crosses, and Aunty Sally. We will look at an orginal gas masks, visit an Anderson shelter if the air raid siren goes off and have a tea dance.
Curriculum topics available: Romanisation and ways of life.
How did the arrival of the Romans change Celtic Wales? After a brief introduction on Roman life and where it fits in the chronology of human history we will engage in Roman activities: Willow weaving, brick making, designing mosaics, farming, dying wool then, foraging for herbs and making soap.
Curriculum topics available: Everyday materials, Living things and habitats, Ecology and environment, Life Cycles, Minibeasts, Habitats.
For Primary school please see the wildlife Section.
For Secondary groups we offer a range of ecological enquiry investigations based on the abundance and distribution of species a range of environments including: freshwater, coastal, sand dunes, woodlands and meadow grassland.
Curriculum topics available: Saxon Settlements.
Who were the Anglo Saxons and how do we know what was important to them? After a brief introduction on life in in Anglo Saxon times and where it fits in the chronology of human history we will experience key skills of life in this period, making and writing with Runes, bead and jewelry making, wattle and daubing, grinding corn to make flour and cooking in an earth oven.
For primary schools our walk to the coast can include the study or a distant location - Aberaeron a welsh seaside town. Using a range on fieldwork activities to investigate the peaople and characteristics of the town before comparing it to the region around your school.
For secondary topics include but not exclusive: Diverse and Changing Places: A typical fieldwork approach to studying this unit would involve students visiting two or three villages and small towns collecting qualitative and quantitative primary data on types and number of services, environmental quality and interviews with residents and visitors about their perceptions of place. The above fieldwork activities involve the application of a wide variety of numerical and graphical skills and there is a good range of secondary data available from various sources.
Aberaeron and Newquay are small, remote, rural seaside towns with high levels of inward migration of elderly people, very little year-round employment and a lack of affordable housing. The strategies are based around geo-tourism. There are opportunities for integrating geographical skills as both locations offer good opportunities to collect a very wide range of quantitative and qualitative data primary data using different sampling strategies. This allows the use of scattergraphs and correlation testing to study relationships between different data sets. Questionnaires are widely used to investigate public opinions and also the lived experiences of residents and visitors which helps to assess the success of the regeneration schemes.
Alternatively rural regeneration is illustrated by the Cambrian Mountain initiative, supported by Prince Charles. An area historically associated with timber production and upland farming, and now an area promoting low impact family recreation , bespoke food industries and alternative rural accommodation. All examples of rebranding in the post-productive countryside.
Curriculum topics available: Water cycles, Rivers, Map and atlas, Mountains, Environment, Coasts and seaside, Fieldwork.
For primary groups we will study ;Why is the location of Aberaeron a problem for the people who live there? This links to the study or rivers and the cost investigation flooding in both cases. Working as geographers.We will explore how the stream changes and develops as we walk towards Aberaeron. We will use a range of field work equipment.
For secondary students: River Hydrology and Morphology in the Aeron valley drainage basin
We use a large interactive river flume model to observe the drainage basin from a holistic perspective before the field work, creating several thousand years of erosion in a few minutes.
The concise catchment of the river Aeron lends itself very well to a quantitative approach in studying inputs, flows and outputs within a small, easily accessible area on a wide variety of relief, rock / soil types, land use and human management. Measurement and assessing relationships between channel variables downstream, comparison of riffle, straight pool and meander sections, the causes of past flooding, consequences of previous flood events and observing different flood defences and their effectiveness in relation to the floods of 2013 can be studied.
Cardigan bay coastal environments
The west Wales coastline offers a range of opportunities for quantitative fieldwork, to assess the impact of coastal processes on beach profiles, sediment distribution and observe coastal landforms. The sustainable management of a local coastline can be considered within the current risks of coastal recession and flooding. Different coastal management strategies can be assessed using cost/benefit analyses in order to compare the advantages and disadvantages hard and soft engineering structures in relation to coastal flooding.
The sand dune succession at Ynyslas provides good opportunities to use systematic, stratified and random sampling techniques, soil pH, % moisture.
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
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