The picturesque setting of the Yorkshire Arboretum is the ideal place for a school trip, where many of the requirements of the National Curriculum can be met through a fun and exciting day out.

Our secure, 120 acre site is a unique environment, perfectly suited to our many activities including Shelter Building and Minibeast Hunts. Pond Dipping gives children the opportunity to explore the hidden world of underwater life and our diverse collection of trees is perfect for a magical adventure with the Woodland Fairy, when children can cast magic spells using the natural ingredients found in the habitat around them.

The activities led by our experienced Outdoor Education Team cover Science, P.E., Literacy and Geography, can be adapted for any age group, and include:

  • Pond Dipping

  • Minibeast Hunt & Habitat Creation

  • Woodland Fairy Adventure

  • Outdoor Music

  • Explorienteering

  • Shelter Building

  • Colour Collection

  • Story Sticks

  • Seasonal Story Trail

  • Amazing Art

  • Meet a Tree

  • Fun with Maths (New)

  • The Busy Buzzy Bee (New)

  • Traditional Tales (New)

  • Decomposer Detectives

  • Seed Dispersal & Amazing Autumn

Additional information may be found in our Outdoor Education information leaflet. Read a report of a year 2 and 3 visit here.


All group visits and Activity Sessions must be booked in advance, and prices include a staff pre-visit with the Yorkshire Arboretum Outdoor Education Team to discuss your specific requirements, answer any questions you may have, and to introduce you to the arboretum environment.


  • 1 activity from the list above: £5 per child

  • 2 activities from the list above: £7 per child

Teachers and adult supervisors are admitted free of charge up to the required supervision ratios. Please note there is a minimum spend of £100 per school.

Junior Rangers club

For young outdoor enthusiasts we run a Junior Rangers Club where children can get involved with caring for, and learning about, the environment through leaf collection and printing, animal footprint identification and footprint casts, pond dipping, and minibeast hunts. Please check our Events page, or contact us on the details below for dates of the next Club.

Teacher training

For those interested in Outdoor Education we run training sessions for teachers on a termly basis. All aspects of our outdoor curriculum are covered giving you confidence and resources to take back to your own setting. Please contact us for more details.

Tel: 01653 648598