Kielder Water & Forest Park is an ideal location for children to learn more about forests, the wildlife within them and to enjoy themselves in a truly natural and safe environment. A classroom is available to accommodate visiting groups at Kielder Castle. Rangers who are experienced in leading groups in an outdoor setting are available if required. For further details and information regarding booking, call Kielder Castle on 01434 250209, or visit the Forestry Commission website.
The Kielder Salmon Centre can accomodate school visits by prior arrangement including tours of the operational hatchery - teachers should contact Richard Bond on 01434 250 269 to discuss. During 2009 we will be making a range of resources tailored to the national curriculum, available to schools on-line to allow them to utilise the content of the Salmon Centre prior to or after a visit.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust offers pond dipping, mini beast hunting, nature walks, bird watching and red squirrel walks & talks to school groups. To request a booking form contact Jason Gaskell on 0191 284 6884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northumbrian Water can arrange site visits (including a ferry trip where available) for pupils in Year 5 and upwards. Six weeks advance notice is required. Please contact 0191 301 6976 or visit the NWL website.
Finally, Calvert Trust Kielder takes mainstream schools during January to March and also from October to December. Schools bringing children with disabilities can visit throughout the year.
Activities include: Sailing, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, (indoor and out) zip wire, abseiling, King swing, orienteering, nightwalks to name but a few, and encourage confidence, team building, self worth and independence.