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Explore, Appreciate and Learn in Nature Day Visit or Residential

Sign up for a day visit or residential, exploring the South Downs National Park

Discover and appreciate the South Downs National Park.

This programme of exciting, interesting and fun activities will strengthen access, connection and confidence in being outdoors.

This opportunity is provided by South Downs National Park.

How to apply

Essentials

  • Type: Day visit or residential
  • Dates: Flexible (confirmed as part of booking process)
  • Locations: East / West Sussex - see details
  • Cost: Free (fully funded)
  • Suitable for: Groups aged 3 - 18 years

About this opportunity

This flexible programme is offered as a half / full day visit or one-night residential.

Participants will develop an appreciation for nature and all that is living. All activities are designed to develop self-awareness, self-esteem, team working and respect, and benefit both physical and mental health wellbeing.

Tailored experiences are available including:

  • outdoor living skills: shelter building, fire lighting, water filtering, wild foods and foraging, campfire cooking
  • natural history and citizen science activities: plant/tree ID, habitat conservation, pond dipping, bio-blitz surveys, guided nature walks and water cycle activities
  • pre-history sessions: bring local history to life with a focus on Stone Age and Bronze age; carving, tools and weaponry, foods and medicines, arts and crafts
  • natural arts and crafts: natural dyes, printing, weaving, willow crafts, land art, clay and green wood crafts
  • team building games: range of team challenges while exploring the natural surroundings 

Need to know

How it works

Activities vary by location but may include:

  • guided walk
  • shelter building
  • fire lighting
  • campfire cooking
  • conservation work
  • arts and crafts
  • green wood crafts
  • foraging
  • plant identification
  • team building

Learning outcomes

Participants will benefit from:

  • increased confidence in the outdoors
  • increased connection to nature and the South Downs National Park
  • improved team working skills
  • physical and mental wellbeing benefits

What to bring

Full information on clothing/kit available on request. For full-day visits, you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Access guidance

We are committed to providing experiences that are accessible to all. Accessible trails/paths and accessible overnight accommodation available. To discuss specific requirements, please email [email protected].

Locations

Friston Forest

Seven Sisters, Exceat, BN25 4AB

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

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Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust

Sompting, Lancing  BN15 0DQ

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

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YHA Eastbourne

Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 8ES

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

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YHA Truleigh Hill

Shoreham, West Sussex, BN43 5FB

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

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YHA South Downs

Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

Various dates available and confirmed as part of the booking process

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How to apply

Applications are open for Explore, Appreciate and Learn in Nature. Please contact South Downs National Park directly for details.

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