Natural & Outdoor Attractions

YHA trip

Year-round trip ideas to promote positive mental wellbeing in children


We’ve compiled some of the amazing places across the UK which promote a positive frame of mind through outdoor learning.

Forestry England's 'ranger in a bag'

Forestry England’s ‘ranger in a bag’ to help teachers lead trips outdoors


A new resource for teachers is being launched by Forestry England to encourage their class to become forest rangers for the day. 

Our Bright Future

Outdoor education project reveals bright future for environmentalists


Outdoor education gives young people the skills and confidence to become the green workers of the future, according to the conclusion of a five-year lottery-funded programme.

Pond dipping

Reports confirm learning in natural environments as ‘win-win’ situation


New reports published by Natural England are further evidence of the positive impact of taking learning beyond the classroom into natural environments. 

Sherbrook Primary School's prize trip

‘Best day ever’ for Sherbrook Primary pupils on farm adventure


Sue Dutton of Sherbrook Primary School in Staffordshire was crowned 2022 School Trip Champion. She reports back from the prize trip she organised to Lower Drayton Farm. 

YHA Wye Valley

YHA to inspire pupils with immersive nature experiences


The ground-breaking Generation Green project, launched by YHA to connect young people with nature, has led to the introduction of two experiences which immerse pupils in the natural world.

UKSA, Isle of Wight

‘Woodland and Waves’ residential programme launched on the Isle of Wight


Pupils will be able to experience a variety of both land and water-based activities across two residential centres on the Isle of Wight, thanks to a new partnership between UKSA and Inspiring Learning.

Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum to create immersive green space and learning centre


A new outdoor garden to be created at London’s Natural History Museum will allow children to embrace nature and biodiversity outside the classroom.

Let's Learn Moor 2022

More than 3,000 pupils take their learning outdoors in the UK’s largest uplands education event


School children from across the north of England ‘rescued’ their teachers with the help of mountain rescue teams, solved rural crimes with the police and learned about the importance of peatlands at the UK’s largest upland outdoor classroom event. 

Child exploring nature

Department for Education backs proposals for new GCSE in Natural History


A new GCSE in Natural History is set to be introduced, as the Department for Education backs OCR’s proposals for the new qualification which will see students explore and appreciate the natural world around them.

Pond dipping

West Midlands teachers can enhance children’s wellbeing thanks to online session


The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) and the Canal & River Trust are inviting schools to register for a free online information session about the Waterways, Wildlife and Wellbeing project, which aims to support schools and connect students with the natural environment.

 Young Darwin scholarship

Residential courses on offer as FSC opens Young Darwin scholarship programme


The Field Studies Council (FSC) is inviting secondary school students to apply for its annual scholarship programme, with the chance to undertake a residential course or day series of training with specialist environmental tutors. 

Pond dipping

RSPB Minsmere outdoor learning experiences ‘bursting with exciting nature spectacles’


RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast is inviting schools to discover the natural environment in hands-on sessions, as the nature reserve marks its 75th anniversary.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Case Study: floating their way to success


Pupils at Ashurst Primary School in St Helens, Merseyside, were inspired by a new learning experience, led by their own curiosity on Lake Windermere. 

Girl on sail boat

Helping children embrace the power of blue


Lee Strickland of Cohort St Ives explains the link between water and children’s emotional wellbeing, creative thinking and academic achievements.

Bablake School at Arete Outdoor Centre

Case Study: ready for action and new challenges


Andy Wright, headteacher at Bablake School in Coventry, explains how a residential experience motivated his students to push boundaries by trying new and challenging activities.

Boys bridge fishing

Funding boost to help West Midlands schools learn more about nature


Two charities have been awarded a grant of £1.7 million from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund to create more wildlife habitats in the West Midlands and engage more children in the region with nature.

Children running in leaves

Supporting schools to rebuild confidence and boost outdoor learning


Rebuilding teacher confidence and supporting schools to take their learning beyond the classroom will deliver a raft of benefits to children, says Justine Lee of The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Superbloom at the Tower of London

Schools invited to experience Tower of London’s ‘Superbloom’ display


A ‘vibrant sea of flowers’ will take over the Tower of London’s moat in 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust Our Bright Future

Wildlife Trusts launch online campaign to champion outdoor learning


The Wildlife Trusts are asking people to support a new online campaign to boost more outdoor learning in nature for children.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Let your students take the lead


Justine Lee, communications manager at The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, explains why involving young people in the planning process can have a huge impact on their engagement and personal development.

Green shoot

Field Studies Council on getting ‘back to nature’


Ian Wainwright from the Field Studies Council (FSC) explains why outdoor education will support children’s recovery from the pandemic.

Children with magnifying glass

Supporting teachers by helping schools connect with nature


Justine Lee, communications manager at The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, explains about a new CPD programme from the charity and its partnership with the Canal & River Trust which aims to help schools connect pupils with the natural environment.

Parkgate Primary School children at Plas Caerdeon Outdoor Education Centre

“Outdoor learning will help pupils reconnect with their community and more after pandemic,” says headteacher


Andrew Hutchings, headteacher at Parkgate Primary School in Neston, Cheshire, has told School Travel Organiser that outdoor learning is vital for children to reconnect with their local surroundings, as well as the pride of being awarded the LOtC Mark (Bronze) from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).

Children searching mud

Extra funding given to project to help disadvantaged children in Liverpool


Grow Wellbeing, a team of forest school leaders, horticulturists, educators and more, has received additional funding to outreach their services so more disadvantaged school children in Liverpool can experience outdoor learning opportunities. 

Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall

Interview: Eden Project co-founder on plans for a new GCSE in Natural History


The co-founder of the Eden Project, Sir Tim Smit, talks about the proposal for a GCSE in Natural History and engaging children with the wider world.

Milnthorpe Primary School at Lake Windermere

School kids return to attractions in the Lake District for first trip after lockdown


The first school trip since lockdown has taken place on Windermere Lake and surrounding attractions, with pupils enjoying outdoor lessons involving boats, trains and automobiles.

Mill on the Brue

Experiences to promote positive mental health among your pupils


A selection of ideas to instil positive mental health and wellbeing among your students at a time when they may need it the most.

Leighton Hall's Wildlife Habitats programme

Leighton Hall unveils new learning programmes and facilities


The new packages at Leighton Hall in Lancashire include outdoor learning programmes with facilities such as an outdoor kitchen, weatherproof woodland log circle and an insect corner.


Education providers on why outdoor activities are key to reducing stress


Outdoor adventure specialists, Inspiring Learning, are encouraging more children to engage in outdoor activities as a way of helping to reduce the nation’s rising stress levels.

Let's Learn Moor

Let’s Learn Moor - ‘UK’s largest uplands classroom’ returns for 2021


Let’s Learn Moor, a huge outdoor educational experience which takes place across 12 sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will return for the week commencing 5th July 2021.

Nature Friendly Schools

Nature Friendly Schools aims to get another 30,000 disadvantaged children learning outside


Nearly 30,000 school children from disadvantaged areas are set to enjoy classes in nature this spring in an outdoor learning project spearheaded by The Wildlife Trusts.

YHA school trip

Generation Green project set to create more nature opportunities for young people


A new project, Generation Green, is set to create new jobs, volunteer roles and apprenticeships to connect more than 100,000 young people with nature.

Walsall Academy's Outward Bound residential

'My Best School Trip' finalist 2020/21: Walsall Academy


24 targeted Key Stage 4 pupils from Wallsall Academy took part in this residential at the Outward Bound Trust’s Ullswater Centre in March 2020.

Queen’s Park Primary School’s KS2 trip to the Deneway Nature Reserve in Sussex

'My Best School Trip' finalist 2020/21: Queen’s Park Primary School


The trip, involving two groups of 25 Year 5 children from the Brighton school took place in 2019 and involved working with Sustrans cycling charity and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Students litter picking

Plans to introduce a GCSE in Natural History welcomed by TV presenters & charities


It would be one of the first new GCSEs to be introduced to UK schools since computer science back in 2014. 

Learning outdoors at a WWT centre

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s new sessions link to climate change & plastic pollution


The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) will offer schools new sessions linking to climate change and plastic pollution at a variety of its centres across the UK for future visits.

TV presenter & adventurer Paul Rose

TV presenters Kate Humble & Paul Rose give their support to school visits


Adventurers Kate Humble and Paul Rose have given their support to school visits as a generation of young people risk missing out on experiences.

Children field walking at Bore Place, Kent

Bore Place launches new session for secondary school starters


Bore Place in Kent, a 500-acre site which includes an organic dairy farm and market gardens, has created a new workshop which aims to help Year 7 pupils when beginning secondary school.

Field Studies Council new digital programme

Digital fieldwork lessons aim to help GCSE and A-Level students


A programme of digital fieldwork courses to support teachers and students is being launched by outdoor education charity, the Field Studies Council (FSC).

The Heart of England Forest

How the Heart of England Forest helped a school to ‘check-in’ with pupils


The Heart of England Forest charity in Warwickshire has been helping local schools by offering limitless space outdoors for learning and play. 

FSC primary pupils explore nature outdoors

Field Studies Council’s chief executive urges the PM to allow residential school trips


The Field Studies Council’s (FSC) chief executive has written to the Prime Minister asking him to rethink school guidance for the autumn term and to consider allowing overnight residential trips.

TV presenter & adventurer Paul Rose

TV presenter Paul Rose on how lockdown has highlighted the importance of travel


In an exclusive interview with STO, the adventurer, who has presented various BBC documentaries, spoke about why now is the opportunity to rethink how children learn. 

Greenwood Academies Trust

Academy trust chief on reconnecting pupils to outdoor learning, day trips & residentials


Wayne Norrie, chief executive of Greenwood Academies Trust, explains why they’re committed to giving the children access to outdoor learning and residential visits as soon as they can. 

Bird watching

A teacher’s top 5 tips for taking learning outdoors


Clare Rooney, qualified teacher & training and development officer at Learning through Landscapes, gives her tips for teaching outdoors. 

Kingswood House School's virtual trip

How one school trip went virtual with videos, podcasts and even home cooking


Ian Mitchell, deputy headteacher of Kingswood House School in Surrey, talks about their pivot to a virtual school trip experience that included videos, podcasts, web links, Microsoft Teams… and even cooking.

The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild Challenge

Thousands of schools sign up to take part in #30DaysWild


Schools can sign up for free and download a pack of resources to help plan the wild month as well as receiving ideas to inspire them to stay wild beyond June. 

FSC's Millport Field Centre

“We must continue engaging young people in the natural world” says Field Studies Council


The outdoor education charity welcomed the plans to increase the time people can now spend outside, saying it’s essential we get children out of their ‘home classrooms’. 

Children exploring the garden

Free activities on new Countryside Classroom resources hub


The Countryside Classroom, an organisation that helps teachers with trips and support relating to food, farming and the natural environment, has introduced free outdoor activities to do at home.

Pear picking

Reflections: How The Country Trust can help schools


We’re going to share some previous magazine content during this time - first up, we hear from CEO of The Country Trust, Jill Attenborough about how the charity can help schools.

Yorkshire Arboretum education programme

Engaging sensory trail to open at the Yorkshire Arboretum


Visitors to the Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard will be able to take part in a specially designed Sensory Trail when the 120-acre site reopens in March. 

TV presenter & writer Kate Humble

​“Get children outside to make them curious and creative”, urges Springwatch presenter Kate Humble


Presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble has spoken about the importance of getting kids outdoors on school trips.

Pupils in Jersey

Five-day itinerary available for school trips to Jersey


A free, five-day itinerary for schools, which has been especially put together for teachers taking their class to Jersey for the first time, explores some of its historical links and popular beaches.

Youth Festival 2019

Hundreds attend National Memorial Arboretum’s Youth Festival


The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire welcomed almost 1,000 young people from across the Midlands for its Remember Together Youth Festival 2019.

Outdoor Learning

New study reveals the positive impacts of outdoor learning


A new study released by Swansea University has revealed how just one hour of outdoor learning a week can have huge benefits for both children and teachers. 

Nature Friendly Schools Project

Nature Friendly Schools project invites teachers to register interest in taking part


Schools are being invited to register their interest in the Nature Friendly Schools project which aims to bring thousands of children closer to nature.

Let's Learn Moor on the North York Moors

‘Let’s Learn Moor’ event continues to provide outdoor experiences for pupils


The British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) ‘Let’s Learn Moor’ event, saw seven moorland locations transformed into countryside classrooms for over 1,400 school children.

Englefield Estate's annual Countryside Days for Schools 2019

Englefield Estate transformed into outdoor classroom for thousands of Berkshire children


The estate once again opened its gates to 3,000 Primary school children from more than 50 local schools for the annual Countryside Days for Schools. 

Moorside Primary School's 'MBST' Award prize caving trip

‘My Best School Trip’ Award: 2018 winning Lancashire school go caving with their prize money


Moorside Primary School in Lancaster won last year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award. Deputy headteacher Jonathan Whitwell reports back on what they did with the £1,500 prize money. 

Blenheim Estate Schools group

The Bushcraft Company to offer new school camping trips at Blenheim Estate


The Blenheim Estate has linked up with The Bushcraft Company to offer pupils three to five-day residential camping experiences in Oxfordshire.

Children at Suntrap Forest Centre

Suntrap Forest Centre in London to undergo major transformation


The Suntrap Forest Centre, which provides educational experiences outside of the classroom, will undergo a £4.5 million regeneration project to improve students’ learning opportunities. 

Woodlands School at Lee Valley discovery day

Lee Valley launches new discovery day for Mental Health Awareness Week


Lee Valley’s Youth and Schools Service has launched a new Mindfulness and Natural Art Discovery day to get pupils engaged in the natural world.

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum launches new Stick Man trail


Based on the popular children’s story, the new trail at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will encourage school children to get outside and explore.

Students from St John's C of E school on a trip to the Isle of Wight

One school’s journey from inadequate to number one


After being voted number one school in Surrey, Shannon Clark spoke to St John’s C of E Primary School’s head teacher Mark Richards to find out what part learning outside the classroom had in their transformational journey.

Forest School students

Teacher Talk: Force of Forest School


Keeley Rodgers catches up with Paul Curnow, Form Teacher & Forest School Leader, after he was given the LOtC Inspiring Educator Award for his work.

Scotswood Natural Community Garden

Wildlife Superheroes encouraged at Scotswood Natural Community Garden


Scotswood Natural Community Garden has opened up its educational visit bookings as part of its Wildlife Superheroes project.

Field Studies Council winter residential Year 5

How to use forests and woodlands to support GCSE studies


Using forests and woodland to support GCSE studies, whilst reaping the benefits of connecting your students with nature.

Credit Ollie Grove

Case Study: One school’s trip to The Garden Classroom


Gayhurst Primary School from Hackney enjoyed a school trip to The Garden Classroom’s pilot Seashore Adventures camp.


WWT Wetland Centres launches resources for planning school trips


A new resource to help teachers plan learning outside the classroom has been revealed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Literacy linked trips

Embracing Literacy and Literature through school travel


With International Literacy Day coming up on 8th September, we look at a selection of locations and attractions offering English and Literature links.


VisitScotland reveals new literature linked trail


School groups visiting Scotland can now enjoy a trail which includes an array of fairy-tale and storybook features, tying in with Literacy studies.

St Cuthbert's CE Primary School

Case Study: Studfold Walks and Trails


Counting rabbits, navigating a maze and building a den were all part of a day of fun, fresh air and adventure enjoyed by a group of pupils from North Yorkshire.

Beamish The Living Museum of the North

Beamish Museum opens new historical attraction


The ‘Remaking Beamish’ project has seen the opening of its first attraction, Joe the Quilter’s cottage, at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North in County Durham, ready for school visits.

Safety on trips

The first steps towards planning a safe school trip


Whether it’s your first time organising or your fiftieth, safety is something that will always be in the foreground when planning a successful school trip.

Outward Bound Trust

Outward Bound Trust highlights generous funding offering


The Outward Bound Trust has revealed that in 2017, 80% of its educational participants were given funding in order to help them pay for their trip.

Circle of Life Rediscovery camps

Close to nature: Circle of Life Rediscovery


Circle of Life Rediscovery camps offered the opportunity for participants from Tiffins School in London to camp overnight in a woodland away from home, for some it was the first time. 

Making the most of the weather

School trips to make the most of the weather


We round up school trip ideas to enjoy the summer term and beautiful weather, both in the UK and abroad.

Rock UK

Rock UK opens the doors to its newest centre


Rock UK’s Summit Centre has welcomed the first residential group to its redeveloped activity centre in the South Wales valleys.

Eden Project

Eden Project expeditions available with NST


Teachers considering a school trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall might like to book with school travel provider NST, which runs special tribe and rainforest themed workshops.

Big Seaweed Search

Big Seaweed Search provides LOtC opportunity for schools


School groups of all ages are being invited to help monitor the effects of environmental change on Britain’s seas.

Creative arts

How the creative arts can be explored on a school trip


We round up some trip ideas linking to creative subjects and look at why they are so crucial for education.

St Davids Cathedral

New trail to teach children about bee conservation


St Davids in Wales has recently been announced as the first ‘Bee Friendly’ city in the country and has launched a themed tourist trail, suitable for school children.


Making the most of your school trip


Jamie Walls, Product Development Manager of Youth Hostel Association (YHA) shares with us his top tips for getting the most out of your next school trip.

Outdoor learning

Exams put outdoor learning at risk, says Project Dirt


A new report by Project Dirt has revealed that outdoor learning is being cut back due to the pressures of testing and academic studies.

Outdoor Classroom Day

School playtime expert urges teachers to look beyond classroom


Last Thursday was Outdoor Classroom Day, which saw more than 1.7 million children playing and learning outdoors worldwide.

Kate Humble speaking at the Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference in Surrey

Inspiring Learning Beyond the Classroom conference in Surrey


Primary school teachers and outdoor education coordinators were inspired at the Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference.

Pupil Ruby Edwards on the zip wire

Lessons in laughter: Yenworthy Lodge


In Year 6, children from Harwell Primary School have a week’s residential stay at Yenworthy Lodge, an outdoor activities centre set in six acres of woodland within the Exmoor National Park in Devon.

Wild Challenge

RSPB’s Wild Challenge encourages pupils to embrace nature


Teachers can take advantage of a new Wild Challenge, launched by the RSPB.

RHS Harlow Carr

Five gardens to visit with a school group


As April is Garden Month, we focus on five glorious British gardens that offer educational visits and look at why a trip could be beneficial.

National Experience Week

Five valuable experiences gained from school trips


To mark National Experience Week this week, we take a look at some of the most treasured experiences school pupils can take away from school travel.

 National Memorial Arboretum

Arboretum to host Thank You Youth Festival for KS3 & 4


The National Memorial Arboretum has invited young people to attend a full day of free workshops on 11th July.

Celtic Harmony

CLOtC and Celtic Harmony to provide LOtC course for teachers


A new collaboration between educational charity Celtic Harmony and The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) has been announced and will provide a new course for teachers.

Sacrewell Farm

New school packages and upgraded tractor ride at Sacrewell Farm


The farm in Peterborough has revealed its upgraded tractor trailer which aims to make school visits even more attractive along with some new educational packages.

Brilliant Residentials

Learning Away to offer CPD materials for residentials


Campaigning group, Learning Away, has revealed a new set of ‘Brilliant Residentials’ Continued Professional Development (CPD) materials available to teachers.

Adventure activities

Schools and providers urged to comment on activities licensing


The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) is being reviewed this month and schools, as well as activity providers, are being asked to respond by 9th March to ensure their views are considered.

Abi Elphinstone

World Book Day series: Q&A with Abi Elphinstone


To continue the run up to World Book Day, we speak to author Abi Elphinstone about her experiences as a children’s author and her memories of school travel.

Children looking at fossils at NHM

10 school trip ideas: geography trips


Ten Geography-themed trips engaging pupils with their environment.

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Historic England launches new educational resources


Historic England has created a new free online resource designed to help teachers explore the story of Britain’s prehistory with their pupils, which can be used on school trips.

Jonathan Dean

Q&A with national park education officer, Jonathan Dean


STO speaks to Jonathan Dean, an education officer for South Down National Park about the PM's 25-year environment plan.

Poll reveals importance of outdoor education

Bohunt Education Trust poll highlights importance of outdoor education


A survey commissioned by the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) has revealed that people want a greater focus on outdoor learning for schoolchildren.

Barn Owl

Attractions to inspire birdwatching


With events such as the Big Garden Birdwatch and the Big School Birdwatch taking place this month, we look at attractions to get children learning about our feathered friends.

Outside Classroom Day

Details for Outdoor Classroom Day revealed


Outdoor Classroom Day, run by campaigners Dirt is Good and Learning Through Landscapes, will once again celebrate Learning Outside the Classroom and the effects it has on education.

Nower Wood centre

Nower Wood Education Centre awarded LOtC badge


Surrey Wildlife Trust has been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge for its new outdoor education centre at Nower Wood.

Learning Away

Study reveals too many children miss out on residentials


A recent study, carried out by Learning Away, has revealed that far too many children are missing out on potentially life-changing residential experiences.


Learning Away launches Winter Residentials campaign


Campaigning group, Learning Away, has launched its new campaign, #WinterResidentials, which will encourage more life-changing experiences for young people.

The Rainforest Rangers Table

New underwater classroom opens at Sea Life Blackpool


Sea Life Blackpool has unveiled a new underwater classroom, suitable for school visits, that provides students with the opportunity to learn about marine life first-hand.


New tour operator offers teachers easy trip planning


New tour operator, Glo-Ed, based in Oxford, launched earlier this year and offers schools itineraries around the world.

Preparing pupils for later life

Preparing pupils for later life


We focus on some top trip ideas to help prepare pupils for later life including college, university and careers.

Kirk Ella St. Andrew’s Community Primary School Eskdale Youth Hostel trip 2017

‘My Best School Trip’ winners set off for Cumbria


The winners of last year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award have spent the prize money on two trips to Eskdale Youth Hostel… yes, two!

The importance of LOtC

Research Focus: LOtC and the challenging future


STO looks at a new study from Planet Ark that suggests that teaching children outside the classroom can give them the skills they need to tackle the challenges of the future.

Kirk Ella Primary School

Learning Away awards schools for residential experience


Two schools have recently been recognised by Learning Away for providing their pupils with ‘Brilliant Residential’ experiences highlighting the importance of LOtC.

Battlefield Live

Case study: Battlefield Live


STO finds out about Bishop's Blue Coat CoE High School's annual trip to Battlefield Live in Knutsford.

CLOtC School Roadshows

Roadshows to focus on learning outside the classroom


The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), will be hosting three School Roadshows for teachers.

Treetop Trek

Manchester launches new Treetop Trek


A new treetop adventure park at Heaton Park, Manchester, is now complete and ready to open to the public.

The Great Yorkshire Show

School trips to county shows


STO looks at county shows around the country and what they offer visiting schools.

East Ayrshire Council

A Q&A with... The East Ayrshire Council


STO talks to Willie White, education officer for East Ayrshire Council (EAC) to find out why learning outside of the classroom is so important.


Rayburn Tours launches new Geography trips to Iceland


Tour operator, Rayburn Tours, is introducing new school trips to Iceland.

Tesco Happy Eat programme

Trips to bring healthy eating to life


STO looks at school trips to teach pupils about nutrition and food provenance.

Camley Street Natural Park

Learning hub in development at Camley Street Natural Park


The London Wildlife Trust has announced that Camley Street Natural Park will undergo a renovation, which will conclude in a new visitor centre and learning hub.

No school wants to imagine that a crisis could happen on their own school trip. Unfortunately, once every dark day, accidents – which are unpreventable as far as school staff are concerned – happen.

The 5 Ps and school trip crisis control


Ways in which schools can prepare themselves for a crisis, even if it means thinking about the unthinkable.


Stonehenge now more accessible for school groups


The English Heritage site, Stonehenge, is even more school friendly now that a new coach park has been opened.

School trips benefit teachers

5 ways school trips can be beneficial for teachers


STO rounds up the research to look at the ways in which school trips can have a positive impact on teachers.

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Short sightedness; another reason to get kids out of the classroom


Record numbers of children are now developing short sightedness; teachers have got more reason than ever before to get their pupils outside.

James from Arthur Terry School

Pupil Perspective: How outdoor education has helped me


STO talks to James, a Year 12 student, about the impact outdoor education has had on his life.


Preparing for Secondary by the sea


STO hears from a school from Dorset that has created a tradition of taking pupils on a trip to Weymouth.

Artists impression of new education centre

New education centre to open in Surrey


Surrey Wildlife Trust has announced the opening of a brand new education centre for this spring.

Forest Schools

The 5 elements of great LOtC


Sarah Blackwell, chairman of the Archimedes group of companies that delivers Forest School training across the country reveals what she considers to be the five key elements that contribute to a successful LOtC experience.

Lee Valley Regional Park

Anniversary competition offers free school trip to Lee Valley Regional Park


To mark the 50th anniversary of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the Youth and Schools service is calling pupils to enter a competition.

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Literacy theme day at Chiltern Open Air Museum


A trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum, offers schools the chance to take part in a Goodnight Mister Tom Literacy theme day, among others.

Learning Beyond the Classroom conference

Details revealed for Learning Beyond the Classroom conference


It has been announced that a Learning Beyond the Classroom conference will take place on 21st April at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, in Surrey.

Green-fingered learning at RHS Garden Harlow Carr


RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire is one of four RHS gardens. All offer educational workshops for schools which are led by educational officers and are designed to stimulate and capture students’ curiosity about nature and gardening and get them involved in practical horticulture, Art and Science.

Kids Country Food and Farming Day

Date for the 2017 Kids Country Food and Farming Day announced


The Kids Country Food and Farming Day will take place again next year for its fifth run, in Peterborough.


Combined itineraries and educational programmes at Beaulieu


A school trip to Beaulieu provides schools with lessons in Physics, History and Technology.

City of Caves

Science, History and Geography at the City of Caves


The City of Caves in Nottingham provides educational experiences and workshops for Key Stages 1 to 3 that tie in with the History, Geography and Science curriculum.

Beamish The Living Museum of the North

History, travel and business for schools at Beamish museum


Beamish The Living Museum of the North will be expanding its attractions. STO looks at what will become available.

Alice Town Trails

English and Drama in Alice in Wonder-Llandudno


STO finds out about Llandudno’s ties to the novel Alice in Wonderland and how these can support a Key Stage 2 school trip.

Winnie the Pooh illustration

Learn in the home of Winnie the Pooh


STO focuses on Ashdown Forest, which was the original setting for AA Milne’s famous Winnie the Pooh children’s stories.

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Top 9 educational spots in Iceland


The land of active volcanos, waterfalls, glaciers and a whole lot of snow can offer a lot to schools.

Pond dipping at Carymoor

A day at the dump: education at Carymoor landfill site


Rachel Bailey reports on why learning at a landfill site like Carymoor Environmental Education Centre has its perks.

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Focus on: Poole’s Cavern and Country Park


Aneducational visit to Poole’s Cavern includes a cavern tour which fits in with Key Stages 1 and 2.

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Study Geography and Biology in Cuba


STO focuses on a Cuba School Biology Expedition for Secondary School students, offered by World Youth Adventures.

Edinburgh Castle

History, heritage and archaeology; learn in Scotland in 2017


Scotland has designated 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology; here are some trip ideas to link to the occasion.

5 places to study the Romans


Some of the best places to go on a school trip and study the Roman Empire. 

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Focus on: Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre


Located in the Conway Valley is Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre which provides outdoor learning for Years 5 to 7.

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Environmental studies at Howe Park Wood


School Travel Organiser takes a look at what’s available for students visiting Howe Park Wood.


5 outdoor learning centres you might not know about


The end of the summer term sees schools from all over the country heading out on residentials and outdoor learning trips. While big centres run by the likes of PGL and YHA always go down a storm, there are a variety of lesser-known options available to teachers. Here, STO focuses on five.

Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens

Outdoor learning at the Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens


Plant growth and garden birds are high on the learning agenda at the Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens.

Focus on: Birmingham Botanical Gardens


The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, set in 15 acres of landscaped greenery, offers more than 20 teaching sessions suited for students from Early Years through to Key Stage 4.


Bill Quay Community Farm expands Primary school programme


Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead has expanded its education programme for Primary school students to include more workshops.


Science CPD course available for teachers in July


School travel organisers can book now to join a new CPD course called Science through Art in the Environment.

Learning about the natural world at Kew Gardens


The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew boasts acres of exotic and common plants which can be used to help students extend their learning in subjects including Science, Maths and Geography.

Mammoth bones at the centre

From minibeasts to mammoths: study in Shropshire


A look at some top workshops available for Key Stage 1 and 2 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Learning on the farm at Cotswold Farm Park


Cotswold Farm Park, owned by farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, offers school trips which get pupils into the outdoors learning about animals, farm life and food production. Here, School Travel Organiser finds out more.

The Benefits Of Outdoor Learning With Alex Staniforth

The benefits of outdoor learning with Alex Staniforth


School Travel Organiser spoke to new YHA Ambassador Alex Staniforth about his experience of outdoor learning.

The John Muir Award For Schools

Happy birthday John Muir


On the day that would have been adventurer John Muir’s birthday, School Travel Organiser takes a closer look at the John Muir Award and what it can mean for schools.

Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

A walk back in time in Teesdale for Key Stage 2


Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in County Durham has launched a new historic environment package targeted towards Key Stage 2 students.

Discovering plants and animals with the RSPB


School Travel Organiser finds out how a visit to one of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) nature reserves can help studies on plants and animals for Primary school pupils.

Exploring the countryside in spring

Springtime LOtC resources available from FACE


Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) has created a new downloadable resource pack for outdoor learning this spring.

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Centre for Alternative Technology launches new Quarry Walk


A new quarry walk is due to open at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

 Schools Garden Challenge

Schools Garden Challenge taking place at Arley Hall


Arley Hall invites schools to compete for an educational trip to Stockley Farm Park by creating their own garden.

Pond dipping

Sutton Ecology Centre opens new learning space for school trips


Sutton Ecology Centre has recently opened a new classroom for students to use for learning about wildlife and conservation.

The National Memorial Arboretum.

Learning Art & Design and History at the National Memorial Arboretum


The National Memorial Arboretum can be an eye-opening experience for students and benefit studies in Art & Design and History.

Environmental education and Business Studies at Anglian Water


School Travel Organiser finds out how Geography, Business Studies and English can be brought to life for Key Stage 1 to A Level at Anglian Water.

Learning at BeWILDerwood

Foundation and Primary learning with Twiggles and Boggles at BeWILDerwood


School Travel Organiser takes a look at the learning opportunities available for Foundation and Primary school students at BeWILDerwood.

Subjects: Prehistory, Science, D&T, Literacy, History, Art & Design, Music, Numeracy, ICT, Geography, RE, PSHE & CitizenshipVenue: Celtic Harmony Camp, HertfordshireKey Stages: 1, 2 & 3

Learn Prehistory, Science, Literacy and Numeracy at an Iron Age Settlement


Celtic Harmony is a charity that offer educational sessions inspired by the heritage of ancient Britain.

Efteling theme park to open new holiday village

Efteling theme park to open new holiday village


Efteling theme park, in the south of Holland, is investing €30 million to construct a new holiday village.

Pupils Learning Outside

12 tips for embedding away from desk education at your school


Pointers for getting the most out of the practice of learning outside the classroom.

The Environment Secretary Planted A Cherry Tree To Mark The Launch Of The School Tree Planting Project

Join the school tree planting project


If you’ve got a bit of time to kill over the Christmas holidays, apply for the school tree planting project, created by the Woodland Trust and the government.

Learning at The Yorkshire Arboretum

Discovering the great outdoors at The Yorkshire Arboretum


Rachel Bailey spoke to The Yorkshire Arboretum’s education officer Kathryn Hardaker, who organises school visits for Primary school children.

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Linking character education to learning outside the classroom


When thinking about personal development and character education we must not be blind to the world outside the classroom walls, writes Elaine Skates, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and STO columnist.

Students explore what the natural landscapes of Snowdonia have to offer

It’s not just Geography at Snowdonia National Park


Education officers from Snowdonia explain why the National Park’s environment is a great one for learning outside the classroom.

Cross curricular learning at the living laboratory


School Travel Organiser takes a look at the benefits of booking a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales.

Learning about the environment and its inhabitants in a classroom in the forest

Focus on: Classrooms in the Forest, Whinlatter


School Travel Organiser finds out why a classroom in the forest serves as a great place to learn.

Simon Poote Collects His LOtC Award

Top tips for award winning learning outside the classroom


On 26th November the annual Awards for Outstanding Contribution to LOtC took place in Essex. Here are the tips from every nominee on how to get the most out of learning outside the classroom.

Dudley Environment Zone

Focus on: Dudley Environment Zone


School Travel Organiser finds out more about the Ezone in Dudley, which offers skill development and independent learning opportunities for Early Years to Key Stage 4.

A panda at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Top 9 educational spots in Edinburgh


Being that Edinburgh is home to fascinating history it’s no surprise that its a popular choice for school trips.