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Can I bring my class for an Outdoor Learning workshop to Ecclesall Woods or Greno Woods?
Yes! But just 1 class at a time for now so that we remain within government guidelines. Do ask if you have multiple classes as we are working on accommodating more.
Can I bring more than 1 class on a trip?
At the moment our risk assessment allows for 1 class at a time, so as not to put pressure on the public spaces we use. If you have multiple classes wanting a half day workshop we can deliver 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Do ask if you want to bring multiple classes and we will do our best; we hope to accommodate multiple classes as soon as we can, especially in Greno Woods.
Can the Wildlife Trust come to our school to deliver an Outdoor Learning workshop?
Yes! Not all our topics can be done at your school but many can. They would be totally outdoors to minimise COVID-19 risks. It also depends on the kind of green spaces you have at school. Our workshops largely are about exploring nature, so resources like open green space, trees, access to sticks and leaves will be useful. We can discuss your individual resources and advise if your chosen workshop can be done.
We don’t have green space at school, just a playground, can the Wildlife Trust deliver Outdoor Learning sessions at our school?
Yes! Although it would also depend on the session as we often need at least some nature. If you wanted to do the ‘Outdoor Adventure’ workshop, making dens and lighting tiny fires, or learn all about The Stone Age these would likely be possible. Let us know your thoughts and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Can we do a workshop in our local park/woodland/greenspace?
Yes in principle. We would need permission from the local authority, and it would have to be deemed a suitable place for your workshop by us as well. Some workshops wouldn’t be possible, such as Electricity, The Stone Age, or workshops involving fire-lighting practice, but the more nature-based workshops such as Natural Art, Habitats Studies and Exploring Seasons would work well.
Can I book a session for later in the year or next year?
Yes of course. If the situation is still uncertain at that time, then it can be considered a provisional booking with no penalties should it be unable to proceed due to government guidance or a COVID-19 outbreak.
Our classes are very small, is that okay?
We understand you may have small or mixed classes for your key worker’s or vulnerable children. If you want to experience our free 1-hour taster session at your school, it makes no difference what the class size is. If you are purchasing a session, minimum charges do apply, and are equivalent to the cost of 20 children attending. Contact us for a quote based on your circumstances, we may be able to adapt sessions to compensate for this.
What if I book a session and government restrictions don’t allow the trip to go ahead? Will any charges apply?
No charges will apply if restrictions change to prevent the trip happening.
What if we have to cancel at short notice because of a COVID-19 issue?
We would try to reschedule for another time, and you will not be charged for your workshop until you have attended it.
What procedures have you got in place for social distancing?
We risk assess all our activities and sessions to make every effort to keep 2m distancing between existing bubbles and avoid contamination between groups. Changes to activities involve minimal sharing of resources, protocol to clean resources for use, and hand gel and frequent hand washing as standard. This risk assessment will be approved and can be collaborated on between us so that everyone is happy to continue
Can we do the Electricity workshop at Eon power plant?
Not at the moment, sorry. Let us know if you want to book a provisional future date
Can we do the Electricity workshop at our school?
Not at the moment because it involves some indoor time and at the moment our staff will only be working outside with classes. This may change if restrictions are lifted, but do let us know if you want to make a provisional booking
Can we do the Life on the Farm workshop at Our Cow Molly?
Yes! We can accommodate one class to keep within government guidelines, and we have made a few changes to our sessions to help keep everyone safe.
We hope we have been able to answer all your questions, but if you have a question not listed here, please contact our outdoor learning team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to discuss further.
Date last updated: 9 Feb 2021