Come and join in with a wide range of environmental arts, crafts, cookery and theatrical activities. Explore the woods, go on a mini-beast safari, watch out for birds from the hide and grow and cook fruits and vegetables from our vegetable garden.
The Oasis Nature Garden provides supervised environmental play sessions for children aged 5-14 – after school, on Saturdays, and in the school holidays. Young people aged 15-16 are welcome to become young volunteers.
Environmental education and creative workshops are available for schools, community groups and private parties.
Environmental Play Sessions Times
Wednesday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Thursday 3:30pm – 5.30pm
Friday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturday 10:30am – 4:00pm
Please call or email for more information
Under 5’s are welcome if they accompanied by a responsible parent or carer who is over 16.
All children staying for a full day visit need to bring a packed lunch
Sessions run for 1 ½ hours, and until March 2012 we are offering a free taster session.
Forest Schools at Oasis Nature Garden
“Forest school is my favourite kind of school”
(year 3 pupil, Larkhall Primary School).
Positive, challenging and engaging; forest school sessions include activities such as shelter building, nature trails, tool use, fire lighting, blindfold exploration, species identification and team games. Whilst containing many explicit links to the national curriculum and teaching participants much about the world around them, the primary focus is on raising self esteem and understanding, developing group work skills and contributing to physical and mental wellbeing. All sessions include achievable challenges, a mix of individual and group activities, and provide the child with something to take home or back to school to stimulate conversation. Whole classes can be catered for but best results and more physically challenging activities are achieved with groups of up to 15. Sessions can be booked on a Mon – Fri 10-3, last for 1 ½ hours, and can be tailored for any age/ability. A session plan will be agreed with you depending on the group and any particular aims you would like to focus on.
Visiting over a length of time gives children the most sense of the changing rhythms of nature, their own progress and a sense of ownership of the space, it also allows sessions to be catered specifically to their interests and personal development. If you would like to develop this into a more regular programme a minimum of 5 visits is recommended, and can be offered at a reduced rate of £30 per session.
We have received very positive feedback from schools currently engaged in our forest school programmes who report that the children are more settled in class, are more self expressed, and are asking daily if they can go to forest school today.