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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:

Tues 14th Feb: Bushcraft (for 8-13 yrs)

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: Outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Tues 4th April: Bushcraft (for 8-13 yrs)

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: Outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Tues 11th April: Bushcraft (for 8-13 yrs)

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: Outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Thurs 11th May 2017: Nature Play for Early Years

Encouraging imaginative play in the natural world - click here to make a booking

Playing in and with nature is an excellent way to support all the types of learning and development in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

This course looks at:

The benefits of Nature Play
Managing Risk – how to manage risk and the difference between good and bad risk
How to enhance opportunities for Nature Play in your school grounds / local area
Encouraging independent and creative play and exploration
Ideas for activities that will encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment
How Nature Play meets the requirements of the new EYFS framework

Previous participant feedback:

“Fantastic ideas for age group”... “Good balance of hands on ‘doing’ and listening/ discussion. Clear links made about how many of the activities help children to develop general learning behaviours and skills needed for wider curriculum learning.”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Weds 31st May - Thurs 1st June: Into the Wilderness (for 10-14 yrs)

2 day adventure with 1 night sleepover for 10-14 year olds! Click here for tickets!

Come and set up camp in beautiful private woodland near Leeds and spend two days in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, environmental games and general mayhem! There's even the opportunity to build your own shelter and sleep out in it!

Past Into the Wilderness events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

£85 (includes VAT and Eventbrite fees) for two days and one night - kids can be dropped off between 8-10am on the first day, and collected between 4-6pm on the second day.

DBS checked, fully risk assessed and run by experienced leaders. If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Tues 25th July: Bushcraft (for 8-13 yrs)

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: Outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Weds 26th July: Bushcraft (for 8-13 yrs)

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: Outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Thurs 27th July: Bushcraft (for 8-13 yrs)

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-13 year olds: Outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Mon 31st July - Fri 4th Aug: Skelton Rangers Summer Playscheme (for 8-13 yrs)

This playscheme is ALL about getting outside and we aim to be out in the fresh air for most of the day, every day. Click here for tickets!

Past events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor games, nature study, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

A week long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am 'til 5pm each day

£165 for five full days (includes VAT and Eventbrite fees)

Earlybird booking £140 by 21st April!! (includes VAT and Eventbrite fees)

"My daughter says this was the best week of all the summer holidays! She made friends, bows and arrows, campfire food and some wonderful memories. As a parent I can't thank you enough for your kind, caring staff who were great fun and engaged our kids in such a brilliant week of activities. "

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Skelton Grange celebrates its 25th Birthday in 2017! Watch this space for special announcements.

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We deliver INSET training for teachers and early years professionals, either in your own school or children's centre setting, or at Skelton Grange. Current courses include; Raising Standards by Teaching Numeracy & Literacy Outside; Making the Most of your School Grounds; Environmental Games; Nature Play for Early Years or for Childminders. We can design and deliver custom made courses just for you. Courses can last a whole day (£750) or half day/twilight session (£500).

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.

As much as we love dogs here at Skelton Grange, we appreciate that not all participants may be comfortable around them so we operate a no dog policy for our events.