5 school trip ideas: foraging and survival

Date Posted: 18/09/2014

It’s all the rage – catching, cooking and preparing your own dinner, but what would you do in a desert island situation? We look at ten trips that show your pupils how.

1. Wildwood

Wildwood Bushcraft is a wilderness survival school delivering courses in the Highlands of Scotland and Sussex in England.

It also runs international bushcraft expeditions in Scotland, Arctic Sweden, Canada and Namibia.

Activities covered include: basic bushcraft courses, survival weekends, primitive survival skills training, canoe expeditions, wild food courses, tracking courses, team building and navigation courses

2. The Canoeman

The Canoeman’s guided canoe bushcraft trails allow children access to unreachable stretches of the Norfolk broads. 

Learn how to canoe as well as pick up some bushcraft/campcraft techniques all at the same time.

A two-day day one-night trail normally starts from Wroxham taking you up stream for a day of paddling.

At a private wild campsite you will learn some basic bushcraft skills and set up camp to sleep under the stars. The following day involves a little more bushcraft before paddling back down to Wroxham.

3. Survival School

Survival School courses are run all over the country and have an open access policy which means that they will try to accommodate people, no matter how able you are.

Courses cover edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, some fungi, tree ID and tree uses.

4. Original Outdoors

Original Outdoors offers one-day foraging courses in North Wales from spring to autumn. The courses cover what is available in that season, how to safely identify wild foods in the UK and how to prepare what you find.

Bushcraft courses from Original Outdoors range from one-day affairs to five-day overnight trips.    

5.  Woodland Ways

Woodland Ways offers a larger than average range of bushcraft and survival training courses, and has been featured in the Bear Gryll's Born Survivor television series.

The company also operates the World of Bushcraft centre, a resource dedicated to teaching bushcraft skills and sharing knowledge.

Teachers can attend regular workshops at the centre which can be booked online; and one weekend a month there is a large scale Workshop Weekend where instructors are on hand to provide advice and information on a huge range of skills, from making cordage to making a bow.

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