Skipton Castle Woods is a fantastic learning resource right in the heart of Skipton.
Here are a few ideas and resources to help you get the most from learning outdoors and in the classroom.
For Key Stage 1 and 2
Are your class intrepid explorers?
Visit Skipton Castle Woods and your class can become intrepid explorers with this ready to go set of science and geography resources. Your pupils play the part of intrepid explorers. They are tasked with planning an expedition to the local ‘rainforest’, carrying it out and reporting back on what they found. Resources include:
Show your pupils the amazing secrets of trees
This activity unit will help your class to delve into the secret life of trees at Skipton Castle Woods. All may look serene and tranquil on the surface but inside each tree, there’s so much going on. All the time trees are a hive of activity and these science resources will help pupils find out how. Resources include:
Introductory presentation (PDF, 2.5MB)
Information pack (PDF, 3MB)
For all ages
Discover the history of Skipton Castle Woods, the canal and the Castle with a visit to:
Skipton Castle – one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country and key to the history of the woods
Craven Museum and Gallery – to discover objects and stories of the woods through the ages and surrounding Craven area
Skipton Library – to research more about the stories of the woods and Skipton in the local study area.
Skipton Bat trail (PDF, 5MB) - Skipton Castle Woods is great to visit in the day, all year round. But come at twilight and you’re bound to glimpse some of its more intriguing and unique nocturnal residents.
Resources to help you use Skipton Castle Woods for Forest Schools activities.
The generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has enabled us to do so much important work for visitors to Skipton Castle Woods