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Self led visits


Self led visits

At Nene Park Trust we like nothing better than to see the Park being enjoyed by as many people as possible.  With its range of habitats including woodland, meadow and wetland Ferry Meadows Country Park makes an inspirational outdoor classroom for the imaginative teacher!  

For teachers who want to lead their own visit to Ferry Meadows without booking on to one of our courses we have developed a Teachers Information Pack.  The information provided in this pack is intended to help you plan your visit to ensure the very best experience for yourself and your pupils.  While we welcome visits from school groups at any time of year we ask that you read the information carefully and contact us in advance of your visit so that we can ensure that your activities are not affected by other events taking place in the Park.  You will find a form to notify us of your planned visit at the back of the pack.  Entry to the park is free and parking is free to school groups who notify us of their visit in advance.

Click here to download a Teachers Information Pack

Teachers resources

To help you get the most from your visit we have prepared a range of educational resources which are free to download and reproduce as many times as you require.  Click on the titles to open a PDF file for each resource.

Winter twigs
Identifying trees without their leaves can be difficult.  See how you get on with the help of this guide to winter twigs.  Please do not pick the twigs, they may look dead but they are still living!

Leaf Hunt
Can you match these pictures of leaves to the trees growing in Ferry Meadows?  Please do not pick living leaves from the trees.

Bug Hunt Bingo 
Look for invertebrates under logs and in piles of dead leaves.  Who can be the first to find four in a row?

What's been eating...?
Use this guide to identify which animals have been eating pinecones and nuts found in Nene Park.

Who's footprints?
Don't let a bit of mud put you off a trip to the park!  Use this guide to help you identify any footprints you find.

Orienteering full course
A specially produced orienteering map of Ferry Meadows featuring the locations of 21 control posts.

Orienteering short course
A shorter version of the orienteering course featuring 10 numbered control posts.  Ideal for beginners to the sport.

Orienteering course code letters
A description of the location of all of the control posts and the letters marked on them.  Don't give this to your pupils but you will need it to check their answers!

Ferry Meadows site map
Use this map to plan your visit or create your own orienteering trails.

If you would like advice on how to use these resources, or are interested in bringing a group to Nene Park, please telephone 01733 234193 or e-mail visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk .