River Dart Country Park, the award-winning Devon holiday and family adventure destination, is encouraging schools to take teaching outdoors, with the launch of its new bespoke winter programme. Teaming up with outdoor activity specialists, CRS Adventures, children will have the opportunity to learn about the local environment, while exploring the park’s sprawling 90 acres of woodland.
Running exclusively throughout the winter months from November to March each package will be created in collaboration with teachers and CRS Adventures to ensure a fun and educational experience, in accordance with the current national curriculum.
From stream dipping and mini beast hunting to blindfolded nature trails and scavenger hunts, schools can choose from a range of 2 hour sessions to create either a half or full day of activities. Additionally if there is a subject that teachers feel would benefit from an outdoor environment then CRS Adventures can create sessions to assist. Full board residential trips are also available.
The launch of the new winter programme follows the recent success of the park’s nature taster day, with eight schools invited to enjoy a free, fun filled day of activities. Organised by River Dart County Park and CRS Adventures, alongside the Devon Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, 250 children descended on the popular countryside location eager to get their hands dirty, taking part in a host of exciting activities, including welly walking, stream dipping and bug hunting.
The first free nature day proved so popular that River Dart Country Park and CRS Adventures now plan to run the invitation-only event on an annual basis, alongside the new winter programme.
Kerry Etherton from Ashburton Primary School who attended on the day, said: “The children had an incredible time, and still can’t stop talking about all of the things they learnt. It’s great to hear that there are plans for a more comprehensive nature programme moving forward, and we’re looking forward to seeing how we can work together again soon.”
Jo Hellier, Group Coordinator at CRS Adventures said: “Since the nature day, personal thank you letters have been coming in thick and fast from children and teachers alike. We’re thrilled to have been able to provide such an enjoyable and educational experience and are really looking forward to welcoming them back again soon. Several of the schools in attendance have already registered their interest in working with us to create an exclusive trip for their pupils.”
Owner, Mark Simpson, said: “We take our environmental responsibility as a park very seriously, and have won many awards for our dedication. Thanks to our hydro-dynamic screw, which is powered by water from the river, we’re self-sufficient for 9 months of the year and last year we launched a new eco trail, which is designed to help children and families to learn about the importance of protecting the environment in a fun and interactive way.
“Our new winter programme highlights the importance of protecting the local environment and we can incorporate topics such as recycling and sustainability into any bespoke package.”
Schools wishing to register their interest for the winter programme can contact CRS Adventures on 01364 653444.Follow