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...
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.
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.
“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
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
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
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.
“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
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.