Woodland learning for children and young people.
At A Touch of the Wild we believe very strongly in valuable outdoor learning in the natural environment for all children & young people.
Offering a wide variety of exciting programmes suitable for nursery to university age children and young people, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the new National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach through hands on games and activities, which are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. We aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically and creatively in areas that are difficult to create in the school environment.
What Courses are available?
How much does it cost?
Half day (Mondays/Fridays 10am – 1pm or to suit, or Wednesdays 11:30am-2.30pm)
£170 – 3 hours, up to 30 children.
School day (Mondays/Fridays 10am – 3pm or to suit, or Wednesdays 11:30am-4.30pm)
£240 – 5 hours up to 30 children
Sorry but we can only accept school visits one class (up to 33 children) at any one time.
Food is not included in either price so please bring packed lunch.
How do I book?
We usually run our school group visits on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (but other days may be possible). All our visits take place at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Near Exeter.
Please check availability first on our events calendar and then send us an enquiry with your suggested dates using the link below. We will need to speak to you prior to your visit so please include a contact number and the best time to ring you.
What others have to say...
The site was even better than last year. The children particularly enjoyed the nets and tree house and the marshmallows and hot chocolate. The teachers felt the led activities were valuable and we will definitely book again. Many thanks to all the staff.
Exeter Cathedral School, May 2017
“We had a truly wonderful day in the woods with A Touch of the Wild. It was an incredibly valuable experience for the children’s learning but also allowing them to learn in a play based way. Have already recommended you to friends and colleagues! Thank you for a fantastic day.”
Ide Primary School
We all really enjoyed our time in the woods. I was struck how calm all the children seemed around the camp fire and what great opportunities for cooperative play they had. I also thought the planned activities were wonderful and pitched at the right level. So we, too, came away feeling enthusiastic.
Thank you so much for our trip today. We had a fantastic day and I am sure the children will be talking about it for weeks to come! The trip was so well organised and I was very impressed with your grasp of their names so quickly.
Teacher from Education Group visit
“The A Touch of the Wild team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the pupil experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.”
Ilsington Primary School
We were all very impressed with our visit to the woods, the activities were well matched and the children had a wonderful time telling all their grown ups and the school in our class assembly.
Hannah and her team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the student experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.
Expand their knowledge
A visit to the forest will be an exciting cross-curricular experience for children. Learning in the outdoors provides the ideal opportunity for children to increase knowledge across a range of subjects and to gain self-confidence through achieving practical tasks, most of which don’t require pencil and paper.
A Touch of the Wild can provide visits to groups throughout the year including schools, nurseries, colleges, scout and guides groups of all ages, language students, church groups, foster parent groups – in fact any group that would like to connect children or adults with the outdoors.
Our Education Group Sessions
Our Education Group visits take place at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Near Exeter.
We have designed sessions which relate to many different themes and areas of the curriculum. Click on the Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 activities on the left hand tab, have a look through and make a choice and check our web calendar for availability and booking details. Should the activities listed not suit your group or if you have any special requirements or have a different age range we can also provide a bespoke event to suit your group. However, please give us plenty of notice if you would like us to provide a bespoke event for you as these need to be considered, discussed and planned well in advance of the date.
Sessions can be half or full day, see the prices tab on the left for more information on the pricing options. Please note children must bring packed lunch as food is not included.
We can come to you
We have designed a series of Outreach sessions, where we bring fun outdoor learning activities to your school. So if you are looking to develop your outdoor learning space, we can help you to establish these within your school grounds or in private woodlands nearby. We also run weekly (in term time) year round Forest School programmes, tailored to class needs, privately for schools in Devon, let us know if this is something you’re interested in establishing at your school. See the left hand tab for more information about our Forest School programs and Outreach sessions or contact us direct to discuss this further.
The group will be safely supervised in all these activities by our trained and experienced staff, who will lead them on exciting adventures into the magical woods. All staff are qualified group leaders, first aid trained and DBS checked.
We are adhering to all government issued guidelines and legal restrictions during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This includes taking extra hygiene and safety measures. In the case of COVID-19 related cancellation/postponement please see our refund and cancellation policy.
- Symptoms – We will be asking that anyone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.
- Social distancing – We are asking all staff and participants to adhere to social distancing guidelines whilst on site. The planning and set up of activities has been adjusted to allow for this.
- Circle time activities– To be carried out in larger space away from enclosed seating area, to allow for 2m spacing. Songs, stories etc.
- Seating– Everyone will be asked to keep a 2 metre spacing if they sit on the benches around the fire for snacks, drinks or rest.
- Hand cleansing – Cleaning our hands more often than usual. Within our sessions we will be developing routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly with a disposable towel, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered. We have set up more tippy taps (to ensure running water for handwashing) around the camp. Asking that you wash your hands on arrival and departure.
- Catch it, bin it, kill it – Ensuring everyone attending understands good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Equipment cleaning – Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly, including, door handles and play equipment, see below for details.
- Tools– All users will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly before and after use. The tool handle will be wiped with alcohol gel between uses.
- Mud Kitchen– We have acquired multiple sets of mud kitchen equipment. Each set will be left for 72 hours before use by a different group.
- Toilet–A hand sanitiser station will be placed outside the compost toilet to apply before and after entering toilet/using door handles. Contact points in the toilet will be disinfected between groups.
- Hammocks – We have acquired multiple hammocks. Each hammock will be aired well for 72 hours between uses by different groups.
- Food/drink– Food and drink will only be provided where stated. Where it is not provided, please bring all food and drink that will be needed for the session. Where drinks are provided, it would be appreciated if you could bring your own cup/mug. Where food is provided it will be served in individual portions (no sharing of food will be allowed).
Having said all these things, all activities provided by A Touch of the Wild will still have the special element that has been exciting and entertaining so many children for many years!