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.

Popular Field Studies Trip September 2018

Field Studies Council - London South East
Field Studies Council - London South East
Field Studies Council - London South East
Field Studies Council - London South East

-Centres situated in interesting and inspiring environments, within easy reach of excellent field sites. -Courses created carefully to link to curriculum requirements. We can work with you to tailor content to fit in with work back in the classroom. -Passionate and experienced teaching staff ...

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Elan Valley

Elan Valley

Wales
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

Whitlingham Adventure

Whitlingham Adventure

East Anglia
Whitlingham Adventure 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 Adventure

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Midlands
There are plenty of outdoor and indoor facilities for school groups to see at Bolsover castle, including the 17th century castle built by Charles Cavendish, Riding House Range which now contains an exhibition, Terrace Range and Wall Walk. ...
Bolsover Castle

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

North
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


Allnatt Swanage

Allnatt Swanage

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

Path Hill Outdoors

Path Hill Outdoors

London & South East
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

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Midlands
Why is white chocolate white but milk chocolate brown? Which plant makes both furniture and clothes? Which birds roam free around the grounds? Discover these answers and much more as you explore our spectacular glasshouses and beautiful gardens! ...
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Habitat Study Trips

Habitat Study Trips

London & South East
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


Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

All UK Regions
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

YHA Edale

YHA Edale

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Midlands
Outdoor adventures in the Peak District don’t get better than this! YHA Edale is a grand country house literally on the slopes of Kinder Scout, and surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the Edale valley. ...
YHA Edale

Countryside Education Trust

Countryside Education Trust

London & South East
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

RSPB Sandwell Valley

RSPB Sandwell Valley

Midlands
What's the difference between a backswimmer and a water boatman? That's just one of the many questions your class will have answered on a visit to RSPB Sandwell Valley. Children will have a memorable day discovering nature on their doorstep. ...
RSPB Sandwell Valley


All Things Wild

All Things Wild

Midlands
Why not 'Step Through Time' with our fantastic Dinosaur Experience? Or get up close to our animals in an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible. ...
All Things Wild

Share Discovery Village

Share Discovery Village

Northern Ireland
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

Real Adventure - Lake District

Real Adventure - Lake District

North
Outdoor education makes lasting impressions on young people that instill skills for life through building strong relationships with peers & leaders, increase confidence, self-awareness & motivation which enhances their learning & outlook on life. ...
Real Adventure - Lake District

Conway Centres Delamere

Conway Centres Delamere

North
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


Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

South West
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

Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre

Ringsfield Hall EcoActivity Centre

East Anglia
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

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

London & South East
Take a fun cruise down Southampton Water and across The Solent on a ferry and observe all manner of natural and human-created features, from estuaries, sandbanks and spits through to docks, ports, refineries, power stations & bridges. ...
Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

Conway Centres Tattenhall

Conway Centres Tattenhall

North
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


Southport Eco Centre

Southport Eco Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
North
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

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Conway Centres Burwardsley

North
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

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
East Anglia
We are an independent centre in beautiful North Norfolk, run by qualified teachers and experienced instructors. We offer an exciting range of curriculum linked outdoor activities to a loyal following of schools - one on their 27th visit in 2018!...
Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Weardale Adventure Centre

Weardale Adventure Centre

North
We provide high quality outdoor activity programmes, teaching children values and skills that will last a lifetime. We tailor our programmes and activities to your requirements whether residential or day visitors. ...
Weardale Adventure Centre


Cornwall Art

Cornwall Art

South West
Take your students to a world-class artists region, home of the Tate, Barbara Hepworth and incredible landscapes shed in natural light - this is Cornwall. ...
Cornwall Art

LTC Eastbourne

LTC Eastbourne

London & South East
LTC Eastbourne is a residential centre located in a former home of the Dukes of Devonshire, a Grade 1 listed building in a 10-hectare private park just 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Eastbourne. ...
LTC Eastbourne

Magdalen Farm

Magdalen Farm

South West
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

Field Studies Council - Scotland

Field Studies Council - Scotland

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


Field Studies Council - East Anglia

Field Studies Council - East Anglia

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
East Anglia
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

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

East Anglia
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

YHA Eden Project

YHA Eden Project

South West
YHA Eden Project is the only onsite accommodation provider for the Eden Project, the most famous education attraction in Cornwall. Ideal for that magic combination of fun and learning, the Eden Project provides a breath-taking environment for pupils....
YHA Eden Project

Brilliant Liverpool Tours

Brilliant Liverpool Tours

North
Brilliant Liverpool Tours organise inspiring tours around the second Port of the British Empire. Georgian & Victorian England is experienced around a busy sea port, the Royal Albert Dock, the World Heritage Waterfront & Port Sunlight Village. ...
Brilliant Liverpool Tours


RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

East Anglia
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

Field Studies Council - London South East

Field Studies Council - London South East

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
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

Eden Project

Eden Project

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★
South West
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

Audley End

Audley End

East Anglia
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


RSPB Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme

North
Saltholme is a wetland oasis nestled within an industrial setting, a perfect example of how nature and people can co-exist and thrive. We have a range of habitats for your students to explore and investigate. ...
RSPB Saltholme

Shortenills

Shortenills

London & South East
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 of great learning. ...
Shortenills

RSPB Lochwinnoch

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Scotland
The best place for your students to get hands-on, active, curriculum-based, outdoor learning experiences with nature! Let us provide your students with unique and memorable learning experiences. It's easy to organize and affordable too! ...
RSPB Lochwinnoch

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

North
RSPB Bempton Cliffs is a wildlife spectacle that's hard to beat. Internationally famous for our towering chalk cliffs and sea bird colony our gannets and puffins guarantee an awe-inspiring, 'wow' day out packed with learning. ...
RSPB Bempton Cliffs


Kenwood House

Kenwood House

London & South East
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

Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle

Midlands
Founded soon after 1066 by William Peveril and overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale, Peveril Castle is a fantastic and historically important site for school children to explore. An exciting and dramatic Norman castle overlooking the Derbyshire coun...
Peveril Castle

Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - North of England

North
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 - Midlands

Field Studies Council - Midlands

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


Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

Wales
Plas Gwynant is an amazing setting in its own parkland at the foot of Mount Snowdon in North Wales, and offers high qualilty outdoor learning amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Sole occupancy is available. ...
Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

South West
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

YHA Ambleside

YHA Ambleside

North
Perched on the edge of Lake Windermere, with views out across stunning mountain vistas, YHA Ambleside offers an unforgettable location for a Lake District getaway. This well-equipped hostel is perfect for activity breaks for walking and watersports. ...
YHA Ambleside

Conway Centres Beeston

Conway Centres Beeston

North
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


Bell Heath

Bell Heath

Midlands
New for 2018: Bell Heath Outdoor Elements has reopened following a £1m investment by the Malvern Hills Outdoor Company. This wonderful facility with it's adrenalin-fuelled activities sleeps 78 people and is just 20 minutes from Birmingham city centr...
Bell Heath

The Sustainability Centre

The Sustainability Centre

London & South East
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

Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Wales

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
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 - South West

Field Studies Council - South West

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 Anglesey

Conway Centres Anglesey

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
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

Outback 2 Basics

Outback 2 Basics

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
All UK Regions
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

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Midlands
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

Allnatt Isle of Wight

Allnatt Isle of Wight

London & South East
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


Conway Centres Oaklands

Conway Centres Oaklands

Wales
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

Malvern Hills

Malvern Hills

Midlands
Adventure challenges and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities in 9 acres of woodland at our Malvern Hills Centre and surrounding area with a focus on team-work, leadership, building independence, self-confidence and facilitating exploration....
Malvern Hills

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Dartmoor Zoological Park

South West
Set in a unique location, Dartmoor Zoo offers a wide range of workshops designated to inspire students to learn about the animal’s world, conservation and our native wildlife. ...
Dartmoor Zoological Park

Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
East Anglia
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


The Manor House

The Manor House

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
South West
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

Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge

South West
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

Hostelling Scotland

Hostelling Scotland

Scotland
At Hostelling Scotland we want to support young people to discover Scotland and have a wide range of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. ...
Hostelling Scotland

Edgmond Hall

Edgmond Hall

Midlands
Set in a converted Georgian farm in 43 acres of woodland, fields and gardens, our friendly full-time team deliver a wide range of outdoor & creative adventures for a special learning experience. Day visits, residentials, and sole occupancy available....
Edgmond Hall


WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

South West
Welcome to Slimbridge Wetland Centre. It is here that you and your pupils can get closer to wetlands and wildlife We have the world's largest collection of exotic, rare and endangered ducks, geese and swans in ...
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

RSPB Rye Meads

RSPB Rye Meads

London & South East
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 Swanage Centre

The Swanage Centre

South West
0The 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 and outdoor activities....
The Swanage Centre

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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