Our Educational Activities

Earth Education in Primary Schools

"So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit on the ground, they spit on themselves. This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know: all things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Chief Seattle 1858

Earth Education Programmes

We run earth education programmes for primary schools as a key part of our work. The impact on schools that have participated has been enormous and not limited to the classes involved; the programmes suffuse through and influence the whole school as much as the children directly involved, their families and the wider community.

Please contact us to discuss how we can provide your learners with one of the most exciting, engaging and life changing approaches available for sustainable living. Read a precis of an academic study on a major project we undertook with the University of Cumbria to deliver the Earthkeepers programme in Sunderland in 2008.

We also offer the various elements that make up programmes as separate activities for teachers who would like to focus on a particular ecological concept perhaps combining it with a lighter immersing activity to explore the natural world. The prospectus we offer at Kielder Forest can also be offered at West Boldon Environmental Education Centre near Sunderland and at the Harehope Quarry Project, Frosterley in Weardale. Dowload a copy of the prospectus.

Conceptual Encounters

These adventures in learning ecological principles are active, fully inclusive, participatory and very engaging experiences with discovery and exploration of ideas a key part of the learning process. Find out more.


These provide rich direct contact with the natural world in a wonderfully engaging fresh way giving new perspectives and initiating a new relationship with the richness and diversity of life all around us which often goes unnoticed. Find out more.

Other Environmental Education Opportunities 

We offer a wide range of other opportunities for learning outside the classroom (see the prospectus for details)

These include:

Primary education

Forest Schools
Creative learning activities
Nature Detectives
Pond dipping
Mini Beasts

Secondary and higher education

Ecological studies
Forest management
Plant identification