Explore our 10,000 acre classroom. A wide range of programmes are available for all ages.
Lee Valley Regional Park’s education offer
Lee Valley Regional Park provides a 10,000 acre outdoor classroom with a wealth of opportunities for education. A diverse mix of heritage sites, nature reserves and open green spaces alongside world class sports venues that cater for all ages and abilities.
The Youth and Schools Service
The Youth and Schools Service provides environmental, heritage and orienteering education programmes and is dedicated to helping teachers, lecturers and youth group leaders from across the region experience Lee Valley Regional Park as an educational resource. National Curriculum linked sessions are run at locations across the park and cover a diverse range of topics including: terrestrial invertebrate surveys, GPS orienteering; white water geography investigation and sensory safaris. The Youth and Schools Service also provides workshops for teachers at events across the region, community safety sessions for young people and supports family events throughout the park and beyond.
Sporting activities for young people
Lee Valley Regional Park is also home to a number of sports venues across Hertfordshire, Essex and London. Choose from a number of activities perfect for schools and youth groups.
Experience London 2012 venues with our programmes at Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – learn new sports in these world class venue from paddlesport to mountain biking.
That’s not all we also offer programmes in golf, horse riding, ice skating and athletics.
Combine sporting activities and education programmes at our world class venues
Education packages have also been developed which combine Geography or Orienteering programmes with the opportunity to experience white water rafting or other paddlesports at Lee Valley White Water Centre. At the iconic Lee Valley VeloPark we provide the opportunity to combine Geography or Design & Technology sessions with an exciting cycling experience where groups can choose from one of the four cyxling sports; track, BMX, road or mountain biking
For full details of our education and sport programmes and to find out how to book a session please go to visitleevalley.org.uk/education
Our awards and accreditations
The Youth and Schools Service has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for the quality of its provision and its safety standards. Our guided farm visits have also been awarded the following accreditations.
Environmental impact of Youth and Schools Service
At Lee Valley Regional Park Youth and Schools Service we understand the importance of sustainability and the environmental impact we have on the world. We are constantly striving to minimise our carbon footprint through a variety of basic, sensible actions such as:
• Using only recycled paper for printing.
• Recycling our old paper.
• Providing recycled pencils to the students who visit us in the park.
• Limiting the use of Youth and Schools vehicles by sharing journeys where appropriate.
• Offering the use of bicycles to all our staff.
• We have an online paperless comments and feedback system.
We encourage respect for the environment in all our programmes through information and practical recycling tasks, we also ensure all litter produced by our students is returned to schools with them to be recycled helping not only the environment but also engendering a sense of ownership of the natural world.