There's no better, stimulating place for discovery and learning than our local countryside. It is the perfect environment to instil a richer, deeper learning for individuals through first hand, sensory experiences.

The Countryside and Landscape Service provide opportunities for visits by schools and groups that are fun, exciting, innovative and fulfilling.

The country parks provide many visits for schools and groups each year, covering curricular-linked programmes including biology, history, geography and art. Activities such as pond dipping, minibeast safaris, bird box making, shelter building, farm visits, woodland exploration, discovering plants, food chain games, orienteering, poetry, kite making etc. are very popular.

The Countryside and Landscape Service also visits schools to advise and assist with school grounds improvements, environmental topics and the promotion of the Forest Schools Initiative . Please go to the Forest Education Initiative website for more information.

The Service also manages Ynys Hywel Farm, a working hill farm which is open for visits.

All this and without having to leave the county borough!

Free School Visits

If you’re looking to give your pupils a fantastic, fun-packed, learning experience then why not book a free, ranger-led visit to one of Caerphilly C.B.C.s’ countryside sites. There are all sorts of topics that the Service covers (science, history, geography, arts) which link to the Welsh National Curriculum.

School visits are packed with exciting hands-on activities involving discovery, fun and games. The Service can even tailor make visits to suit your requirements.

Activities include: -

  • Pond dipping
  • Bug Safaris
  • Forest Schools activities (shelter making, fires, using tools etc.)
  • Orienteering
  • Woodland discovery
  • Farm Visits at Ynys Hywel Farm
  • Problem solving &Team building
  • Environmental Arts
  • Kite making
  • Food Chain games
  • Plant Discovery

Ranger staff are first aid trained and have been CRB checked. All activities are fully risk assessed.

Schools Advice

The Service can also give advice on school grounds improvements, environmental topics and the promotion of the Forest Schools Initiative.

Education Centres

Parc Cwm Darran has large visitor centre & café and there are 2 small Education Centres at Parc Penallta and Aberbargoed Grasslands.

If you need more information or would like to find out more or make a school booking please contact the Countryside Service by emailing countryside@caerphilly.gov.uk

Website by Andy Grant