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Outdoor Classroom Day

Taking School Outside!

At Go Ape, we know the importance of inspiring students through engaging learning environments. Outdoor Classroom Day is a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise outdoor spaces' potential in providing dynamic and creative curriculums to enhance learning. From incorporating sustainable practices into lessons to connecting with nature as a classroom, there are many benefits associated with making use of green classrooms. 

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement and perfect opportunity to celebrate learning outside of the traditional classroom environment by guiding how to creatively use outdoor spaces as an educational resource.

We know a thing or two about learning outdoors so we’re sharing some handy tips on how to incorporate key lesson learnings outside the classroom.



Wandering around a beautiful forest can be the perfect inspiration to get your students’ creative juices flowing. As they gaze at the towering treetops and the winter wildflowers, let them enter the mindset of an author.
Why not challenge students to write a poem or a short story and let the great outdoors reveal their budding literary talent.


There's no escaping maths - is the foundation of everything, space, time and even the weekly shop! So it should be of no surprise that there are several ways in which you and your students can learn how to implement maths in the great outdoors and also our sites.

Whether you are looking to understand the use of money and percentages, develop your knowledge on how to apply and understand numbers, or find about more about trees using maths skills, our forests can help. 


Our sites are also great visual inspiration for an outdoor art lesson.
Why not challenge your students to create a sculpture made exclusively from forest materials; or perhaps they could draw a stunning natural scene? Help them find their inner Monet with the forest as inspiration.


Now for science! Regardless of age, there are numerous science topics to teach your students in the forest.
If they’re a bit younger, let them test their nature skills by spotting and identifying creatures from centipedes to squirrels. Or maybe teach them about the hundreds of plant and animal ecosystems that exist in the forest and the species that are under threat?
Let's also not forget about gravity and how important this force is to all of our Go Ape sites, in particular to the zip lines. Learning and experiencing science in action is all part of the fun because as we all know what goes up must come down! 


For their Geography class, why not use the forest around you as a comparison to the thousands of other forests around the world. Teach them about the importance of the environment around them and how climate change is impacting our forests. 
Alternatively, test their map reading skills with an orienteering challenge through the forest. 


Many of our Go Ape sites have long and fascinating histories from the classic Sherwood Forest to historic heritage sites like Crathes Castle in Aberdeen and Leeds Castle in Kent. Pop into the visitor or information centre to learn more about our sites and see if you can encourage your students to learn a little more about the history of the forests around them.


Now for everyone’s favourite lesson - P.E.!

Whether they have a passion for heights or are just raring to race around, Go Ape can help you out. Test your students’ teambuilding skills with our Gorilla Games or take to the treetops with our Treetop Adventure, Treetop Challenge and Treetop Nets courses. It’ll be the perfect end to your outdoor adventure day!

This Outdoor Adventure Day show your students how much there really is to learn from the environments around them – and maybe even spark a passion for the outdoors.


You can find out more about this year's campaign 'Love the Outdoors' and the movement at