Our dedicated Community Project Officer for events and education, Tom Forward, has a busy time raising awareness amongst local people about the landscape and wildlife on their doorstep. He leads guided wildlife walks and holiday activities for children throughout the year and offers visits to schools and teacher training.
To find out about what wildlife events and holiday activities are coming up, go to our What’s On.
Join us on some of our hugely popular countryside walks in the Crawley area, and you'll see some of our most beautiful countryside and learn about our wonderful wildlife into the bargain!
SchoolsOur Project Officer is able to offer the following to schools within the project area:
- School assemblies
- Learning outside the classroom & Forest School taster sessions
- School grounds development advice
- Teacher training
To discuss a visit to your school or outdoor learning opportunities in the area, please get in touch with Tom.
Put some warm clothes and wellies on a young child, grab a snack for the way and then head outdoors to the nearest park, woodland, meadow or stream for an hour or two. Observe what happens. This child, who moments before was getting underfoot, complaining of boredom, throwing a tantrum or scribbling on the walls, quickly gets drawn into the natural world around them. A puddle, a stick, a snail, a colourful petal, a feather, a fallen tree, a muddy patch – all these things become part of a magical adventure that will stimulate and inspire, leaving the child happy, tired, hungry and wondering about what they’ll discover on their next adventure.
These are just some of the ingredients available in the Nature Tots programme based at Tilgate Park. We have created a Forest School programme for 3-5 year olds and accompanying parents/guardians, where there will be weekly Tuesday morning sessions (from 10.00 – 12.00) to get you outdoors and into the woods with your child(ren) to have fun and explore the natural world. The recipe is simple - just add fresh air, mud, sticks, water, and wildlife and enjoy the results. And we’ll add the craft activities, stories and warm drinks around the fire.