The Youth & Schools Service provide environmental and heritage education programmes and is dedicated to helping teachers, lecturers and youth group leaders experience Lee Valley Regional Park as an educational resource.
Each year over 25,000 people of all ages and abilities enjoy learning in the 10,000 acre park.
Our activities aim to engender a sense of ownership and understanding of the natural world, drawing on internationally important nature reserves and a wide array of species and habitats.
All sessions are led by experienced staff. All Youth & Schools tutors are Makaton trained.
We also have the following accreditations:
Lee Valley Regional Park
Lee Valley Regional Park stretches 26 miles from Ware in Hertfordshire to the banks of the River Thames at East India Dock Basin. The park’s landscape ranges from rural to industrial and urban and includes important heritage sites such as the 15th century Rye House Gatehouse.
A mixture of marshes, grassland, wooded areas, meadows, open water and rivers support a variety of wildlife and sustains a large population of birds, for which the park is internationally important. Protected areas have been designated as nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A host of leisure facilities are also found throughout the park. The activities available range from ice skating and horse riding through to cycling and golf. Residential accommodation for Youth & School groups is available at the YHA Lee Valley, Cheshunt (call 08453 719 057 for booking information). The Youth & Schools Service can assist with putting together packages of activities for Youth Hostel residents.
For more information on how to book, charges or other enquiries, please contact the Youth and Schools Service at:
Lee Valley Regional Park
Youth & Schools Service
Abbey Farmhouse, Abbey Gardens
Essex EN9 1XQ
08456 770 607
08456 770 608 (fax)
Environmental impact of Youth & Schools
At Lee Valley Regional Park Youth & 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.
Giving recycled prizes such as key rings made from vending machine cups or yoyos made from old CD cases.
Limiting the use of Youth & 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.