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Ranger Service School Sessions

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Overview

You can use the button above to make a booking for a school session at our ranger sites.

School Group Sessions are normally delivered at ranger sites/visitor centres – Please see our sites and facilities page for more information. Sessions take place outdoors and are normally quite active, there is plenty of walking and hands on work which serves to enrich the experience.

Our activities help with Key Skill and PHSE development and are designed around National Curriculum QCA units but can be tailored to meet any of your requirements. Most sites can offer early years sessions and activities that support secondary education as well.

We also look at sustainable development issues and include this subject in most of our sessions.

We aim to make our services available to as many schools as possible. However please remember that the number of places available varies from site to site and they can get booked up very quickly.

If you have decided to make a booking for a primary study support session please choose what activities you would like to take part in and read the site visit guidelines below.

A pre visit for all groups is strongly recommended. A ranger can help with the planning of a visit even if it is not Ranger led.

If you are visiting Birmingham's parks with your school you may wish to find out about your school gaining the Biodiversity Charter.

Essential Information
  • To complete the booking request form you will need:

    • Name of your school / group
    • Contact name and phone number
    • Contact address (postal / email)
    • Required date of your visit
    • Required time and length of visit
    • Year GroupActivities chosen

    We will also ask you to:

    • Provide information about any relevant health needs of the children on the visit
    • Inform rangers of any relevant special educational needs of the children.

    On confirmation of the booking you will need to:

    • Complete Photo consent forms if appropriate
    • Carry out a risk assessment for your visit
    • Ensure all your staff attending the visit understand the visit guidelines.
  • The following activities are offered



    Curriculum Activities

    Ranger Sites

    Angling Tuition

    Art based

    Environmental games

    Exmoor Ponies

    Forest schools

    General,

    Fitness/ Health walk

    Habitats walk

    History and Archaeology walk

    Mini beast hunt

    Orienteering

    Pond dipping

    Practical task

    PSE

    River studies

    Trees andWoodland

    Self-Guided

    Birmingham Nature Centre

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    N

    Y

    Cannon Hill Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Edgbaston Reservoir

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Handsworth Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Kingfisher Country Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Lickey Hills Country Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Plantsbrook Local Nature Reserve

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Sheldon Country Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Sutton Park National Nature Reserve

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    The Shire Country Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Woodgate Valley Country Park

    N

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

  • General safety

    Please follow any guidelines set out by your organisation with regard to taking groups on field trips and carrying out fieldwork. If you would like any information on supervision ratios to follow please ask on booking. All activities have risk assessments prepared for them. However we recommend you also have your own risk assessment for the visit. If you would like assistance in preparing your own risk assessment please contact the Rangers at the site you plan to visit.

    We expect a certain standard of behaviour from all visitors to our sites and will provide you with site specific guidelines when you make a booking with us.

    A health and safety brief will be given at the start of the session, along with any information regarding environmental impact. For example this could mean certain areas are "out of bounds" or certain routes may need to be used.

    Your group leader will remain responsible for the behaviour of the group at all times, we also require you to ensure an appropriate adult to child ratio is maintained.

    Accidents and First Aid

    Rangers have access to basic first aid items and are first aid trained. Basic first aid items will be carried by Rangers on guided activities, or will be located at the visitor centre if you are visiting the park unaccompanied. Any non standard items or medication will remain the responsibility of the group leader. Please make Rangers aware of any medical conditions that may need special arrangements. In the event of an accident you should follow any guidelines set by your governing body. In the event of a serious accident occurring while you are unaccompanied you should contact an ambulance directly (999). If you do call for an ambulance directly please let the Ranger staff know so that they can ensure the ambulance reaches you as quickly as possible. Please find attached the Ranger Service contact details for each site. We complete accident reports for all incidents requiring first aid.

    The risk of picking up an infection or disease in the countryside is rare, but we recommend you take a few simple precautions:
    Cover all cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters, this is essential for pond or river activities.
    Everyone should wash their hands at the end of all activities.

    Lost children and lost property

    Should you lose any of the children in your care let the Rangers know as soon as you can so we can organise a search. Either phone the Rangers or where appropriate contact the Information point.

    Please report any items lost or found to the Rangers as soon as possible.

    Coaches, minibuses and cars

    All parking in Birminghams parks is normally free of charge. We recommend that all groups visiting by coach bring along an additional vehicle if possible. This has proved useful when people have fallen ill or needed a hospital visit.

    Litter

    Some sites may have very few bins, please be prepared to carry your litter with you and take it home after your visit.

    Cancellations

    If you are booked on a Ranger led activity and need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible as it may be possible to allocate the date to another group.

    Group leaders questionnaire (Feedback form)

    After you have been involved in a Ranger led activity we would be grateful if you would complete a questionnaire about your visit; we will give you this on the day of your visit.

    Photo consent forms

    We like to have a record of the work we do and may ask if your group can be photographed during their visit. If you agree to this we will need consent forms completing by the adults (parent/guardians) responsible for each of the children.

  • Educational visits:

    We aim to ensure that every child that visits us feels they have been included and allowed to achieve and that their achievements have been recognised and praised. We take into account and make every effort to meet the needs of all children and adults taking part in our activities.

    Our Staff:

    • Rangers delivering educational sessions are trained in delivering environmental education
    • They are CRB checked and first aid trained
    • We provide specialist local environmental knowledge

    Our sites:

    We have several sites which together cover over 4,500 acres including rivers and lakes historic areas of forest and pockets of almost unaltered countryside. These sites provide a safe yet challenging environment.

    All sites have toilets; many have playgrounds and cafes and most have classrooms. All ranger sites have annual risk assessments and tree inspections.

    Other resources

    • Most of our sites have field study equipment and other educational resources that are used during sessions and can be hired for use by schools.
    • Site maps and visiting guidelines.
    • Feed back forms for your comments.
    • Photo consent forms if applicable.
    • We also do our best to ensure that your visit is as sustainable as possible
  • Please see attachments below for the full terms and conditions.

  • Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
    Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7RL

    Cannon Hill Park, Ranger Service
    The Information Centre:
    2 Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8RD

    Edgbaston Reservoir
    115 Reservoir Road, Ladywood, Birmingham B16 9EE

    Kingfisher Country Park
    Sports Pavilion, Kendrick Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham B34 7SA

    Lickey Hills Country Park
    The Visitor Centre, Lickey Hills Country Park,
    Warren Lane, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8ER

    Plantsbrook Local Nature
    Reserve
    The Interpretative Centre, Off Eachelhurst Road

    Sheldon Country Park
    Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3TU

    The Shire Country Park
    and The Chinn Brook
    Sarehole Mill, Colebank Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 0BD

    Sutton Park
    National Nature Reserve
    The Visitor Centre, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield,
    West Midlands B74 2YT

    Woodgate Valley Country Park
    The Visitor Centre, Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green,
    Birmingham B32 3DS

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Currently our sessions are half day (2½ hours). You can attend for less time if you wish, but the half day session rate would still apply.

    • Customers can use the Find my Local function on the website to find there nearest Visitor Centre.

    • Being outdoors in all weathers is a learning experience in itself. Providing children are properly dressed sessions can take place in all but extreme weather conditions. If the Ranger Service considers that the conditions are not suitable they will seek to provide an alternative activity or cancel the session as a last resort. Please see Terms and Conditions for cancellation policy.

    • The range of equipment available to you may vary from site to site, however all sites will be able to offer basic invertebrate survey equipment (bug pots, trays, pond dipping nets etc).

      Please discuss your exact requirements with the site you intend to visit.

    • The Ranger Service can provide sessions at schools.

      The full range of activities may be limited by the extent of the school grounds, however the Ranger Service will endeavour to fulfil your group’s needs.

      The full charges will still apply in these circumstances.

    • No, you should ensure that the group bring suitable clothing and footwear. There is a very limited stock of waterproof clothing which may be available to use in an emergency.

    • Most sessions take place outdoors; they are normally quite active and there is plenty of walking and practical activity. If you want a session adapted for your group or want something completely different, please note the requirements in the form and the Ranger will discuss this with you when they get in touch.

    • Sessions are mainly aimed at Primary School classes, but can also be arranged for all ages and abilities -Early Years, Secondary School or Adult groups.

    • Use the Form to request an amendment to the booking or cancel a booking.

    • We ask school groups to book self-guided sessions so that we can provide information to help ensure that their visit is safe and successful. Some venues have a limited capacity, or there may be other activities already happening on the site or visitor centre which mean that the visit is not advisable.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry
Attachments
attached document School Sessions Terms and Conditions
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