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Five Fab benefits of outdoor school trips

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Come explore the great outdoors with Go Ape's award-winning school trips.

Our unconventional outings provide a unique setting to enhance learning objectives and build lifelong skills. Not only do Go Ape school trips promote physical and mental health, but they also build self-confidence and resilience by providing challenges that excite and encourage personal growth - all in an unbeaten outdoor setting.

In this blog post, we’re breaking down the benefits of outdoor school trips like those at Go Ape, and how they help develop and support young people.

1. Increased engagement and motivation

Being in a new and exciting environment can help students feel more engaged and motivated to learn. Plus, the hands-on, experiential learning that often takes place on outdoor trips can make the material feel more relevant and interesting.

Child celebrating at the bottom of a Go Ape zip wire

2. Improved physical and mental health

According to the mental health charity, Mind, spending time outside has been linked to a number of physical and mental health benefits. Bringing a little nature into your life can have positive effects like reducing feelings of stress and anger, improving your mood and helping you to feel more relaxed. Not to mention, getting some fresh air and exercise can help students feel more energised and focused when they return to the classroom.

Children team building at Go Ape.

3. Enhanced problem-solving and teamwork skills

It is more important than ever to encourage young people to get outdoors and think on their feet in an increasingly virtual world.

Outdoor trips often require students to work together to solve problems and navigate new environments. This can help them develop important teamwork and problem-solving skills that will serve them well in the classroom and in life.

With that in mind, Go Ape’s school trip activities are designed to push students outside of their comfort zone and promote some quali-tree bonding experiences.

School trip at Go Ape

Gorilla Games:

Age appropriate activities and games designed to develop key life skills; communication, leadership and teamwork.


For children 8 and above this brand new board game boasts an hour of exciting physical and mental challenges.

Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus:

One hour high ropes activity featuring intricate crossings, wobbly bridges and brilliant zip wires finales. Take it to the next level with Adventure Plus, featuring more challenging obstacles, higher platforms and longer zips.

Treetop Challenge:

2-3 hour experience featuring tarzan swings, zip wires and wobbly obstacles that builds confidence, teamwork and communication.

Nets Adventure:

One hour activity set high above the forest floor, Nets Adventure is designed to test stamina and balance.

4. A Sensory Wonderland

Another benefit of outdoor school trips is the opportunity for students to engage with their senses in a natural environment. Being in nature allows students to experience different sights, sounds, smells, and textures that they may not encounter in a traditional classroom setting. The sound of birds chirping, the smell of fresh pine, the feel of grass under their feet and the sight of a beautiful sunset, all of these can enhance their learning experience and make it more memorable. This can also help students develop an appreciation and connection to the natural world, which can inspire them to become more environmentally conscious.

As Martin Hudson, The Guardian, explains: "School trips can make a major contribution to the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills. Studies of the natural and man-made world, the present and past, science and arts, language and music can all be enhanced outside the classroom. Adventure activity and sports skills can form the foundation of life-long interests."

Teenagers talking to Go Ape instructor.

5. Have some fun!

One of the most important benefits of outdoor school trips is that they are just plain fun!

Nature exploration and participating in exhilarating activities that test resilience and grit can be an enjoyable and exciting experience for students. In fact, adventures are proven to release 'happy hormones' which benefit us in all sorts or ways.

It can also provide them with a much-needed break from the monotony of the traditional classroom setting and can help create positive memories that will last a lifetime.

Incorporating fun and interactive elements into learning can not only increase students' engagement and motivation but also help them build a more positive association with learning and school in general. Outdoor school trips can be a great way to make learning feel less like a chore and more like an adventure.

So, don't be afraid to let loose and have some fun on your next outdoor school trip. Not only will your students appreciate it, but you'll also be setting them up for a lifetime of learning and exploration.

What do schools say about school trips at go ape?

"The staff at Temple Newsam were fantastic! Colton will definitely be back. The children felt supported and enjoyed the challenge."
Colton Primary – July 2021

"The children had an amazing time. It is an experience they will remember. It helped them to face their fears and learn self-belief, and supporting others."
Welbourne Primary School –July 2021

"Our time at Haldon was brilliant, and the children absolutely loved the Treetop Adventure. The Go Ape team at the Haldon Site were wonderful with the children, and they would all like to return!"
Ladysmith Junior School –July 21

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