Every year we help around 6,000 people to learn about their local environment through outdoor learning sessions. The school and community groups that take advantage of Milton Keynes’ fantastic outdoor classrooms are amongst the parks’ most enthusiastic visitors.
We recognise that they come from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, so we’ve created programmes that cater for all ages, abilities and learning styles.
For many of our visitors the outdoor learning programme is their first chance to get up close and personal with the natural world. To ensure they get the most from their visit our team has developed an exciting array of activities, which we can offer all year round and tailor to the needs of your group.
We think it’s important to deliver something that is fun as well as educational, and to give all participants an understanding and appreciation of their local environment that will help ensure the parks are valued and respected in the future.
By doing this we hope that our outdoor learning opportunities will help Milton Keynes to have the most environmentally responsible citizens of any town in the UK.
Discover how to identify trees and fungi, take part in a practical hedgelaying course or get into the festive spirit by making a wreath for Christmas with The Parks Trust’s short courses for adults.read more
Clubs and groups
We can offer a number of activities for your groups, from walks and talks to pond dipping and shelter building. We work with both youth groups and adult groups.read more
Corporate Team Building Days
Enjoy a day of fun and engaging team building activities with your organisation.read more
Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor Centre
Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor Centre is the first publicly open general visitor facility operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. The Education & Visitor Centre was commissioned to provide a focal point for delivering environmental education activities and raise awareness of the natural history of both the SSSI at Howe Park Wood and more generally the natural history of Milton Keynes and work of The Parks Trust.read more
Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Education Centre
The Parks Trust completed the purchase of the freehold of the Hanson Environmental Centre and the Nature Reserve from Milton Keynes Council in March 2015. The site, which is at Great Linford on the Northern edge of Milton Keynes, was established as a wildfowl centre in 1982 following gravel extraction from the area. Linford Lake Nature Reserve is a 37-hectare wetland wildlife site managed and maintained as a nature reserve and site for outdoor learning activities.read more
Meet the team
Find out a little bit more about our Outdoor Learning teamread more
Over 55's Outdoor Learning Group
Join our team to rediscover old skills, learn new ones and meet like minded people.read more
The Parks Trust’s Outdoor Learning team provides a wide range of fun activities, games and guided walks to inspire you and your class.read more
Pre-school toddlers and their parents are invited to join our Outdoor Learning team for a weekly toddle around Howe Park Wood followed by a “Nature Play” session either in the wood or at the education centre.read more
Are you aged between 11 and 18 years old? Find out more about our nature clubs for young people.read more