Environmental education

Ogden Water workshops


Explore the world of minibeasts on a safari through the wood. Compare and contrast the inhabitants of a variety of habitats including woodland floor, trees (alive and dead) and grassland. Includes the use of simple keys and species recording. Suitable for Reception, Key Stage 1 and 2 - session varies in complexity depending on age group of pupils.

Environmental Art

Discover how colour is used in the natural world with the camouflage game, then explore the variety of natural colours that can be found by making a colour palette to take back to school. Finally, working in groups, find natural materials to use to make a sculpture, then invite staff and class mates to visit an exhibition of the work produced.

Earth Walks

An Earth walk is a sensory exploration of habitat. Earth walks are tailored to fit individual requirements with activities to suit a wide range of age groups. Suitable for Reception, Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. These sessions are particularly relevant to PSHE (Personal Social Health & Economic) and Citizenship.

Bird box or bat box building

Charges are half day visit rate per student plus materials charge of £4.00 per box. Time needed 2 hours. Maximum numbers 10 per session. Particularly suitable for Y5 and above. If transport or time is a problem, why not let us come to you? We can supply all materials and the staff to help build bird or bat boxes with your students, you just provide the work area and the students.


Compare and contrast a selection of habitats within the Ogden Water Estate through hands-on exploration and environmental games. Session includes the use of simple keys. The aim of the visit is to help pupils recognise that different animals and plants are found in different habitats and that each habitat needs protecting to maintain the diversity of British wildlife.

Poetry in Pinewoods

Come along to Ogden Water for a walk through the beautiful countryside of North Halifax to search for inspiration for writing poetry and then head for the classroom to produce poems to deliver to the class at the end of the session either individually or in groups. Suitable for Key Stage 2.


A half-day session exploring different aspects of trees. By the end of the season pupils will understand how a tree works, what kind of creatures live in a tree and will have really got to know a tree! Includes environmental games. Suitable for Key Stage 2.


Discover the power of wind and water on a walk around Ogden Water and learn more about how forces work in the natural world. Make a wind streamer to take back to school in the classroom to take back to school. Suitable for Y1 and 2.

Sensory Walks

A special walk which encourages children to explore an area in a very ‘hands on’ way, using activities which encourage the use of all the senses. Walks are tailored to fit individual requirements. Suitable for Reception, Key Stage 1 and 2.

People’s effect on the environment

Geography workshop suitable for Year 5 and 6. Workshop will take the form of a two mile walk which will give pupils the opportunity to look at woodland management, water collection, wind farming, visitor management, sheep farming and moorland management.

Feed the Birds

Winter is a difficult time for wild birds - why not bring your class along to learn how they can help and make a birdfeeder to take home with them? 


Workshop includes a walk around the Nature Reserve to look at signs of spring plus a minibeast hunt in the woods and the chance to make a colour palette to take back to school. Available April and May. Suitable for Key Stage 1.


Suitable for Reception and Key Stage 1. Workshop includes a walk around the park to look at signs of autumn plus a minibeast hunt in the woods and the chance to make a colour palette to take back to school.

Mid-winter celebrations

Bring your class to Ogden Water for a walk around our winter woodland and make your own seasonal decorations to take to school. Book early to avoid disappointment. Suitable for Key Stage Two.

Wildlife Discover Toddle

Short walk with activities aimed at children aged 3-5. Participants get the chance to meet local minibeasts, hunt for colours and make a leaf crown to take home.

Native American Indians

Bring your class along to learn more about the first people who lived in harmony with the Earth. Make a head dress, learn how to look for animal tracks and signs and listen to a traditional Native American story in the Tepee.

Digging up the past

Join us at Ogden Water for a new workshop which includes finding out about archaeology and learning about the people who used to live on the moors around Calderdale in Mesolithic times. Your class will take part in a simulated excavation and go on an interpretive walk learning how to read the landscape. Suitable for KS2 and KS3. Please allow 3 hours for this workshop (excluding lunch).

How to get to Ogden Water

Ogden Water is situated off the A629 Keighley Road approximately 3 miles north of Halifax. The site is accessible by public transport from Halifax and Denholme.


For Native American Indian workshops there will be an additional charge of £1.00 per child for materials.

Bird Boxes will be cost £4.00 per box.

Risk assessment and session plans

Prior to your visit, you will receive a copy of the session plan outlining the activities to be covered during the workshop plus a risk assessment of the activities and the site.

What to bring

Please ensure that pupils bring appropriate footwear (wellies if stream dipping) and a warm, waterproof coat. If the weather is very kind, it may even be necessary to bring sunhats and sun lotion! Bring lunch if eating at Ogden. All equipment needed for the visit will be provided by The Countryside Service.

How to book

To organise your visit, contact:

Last Updated: 20/09/2016