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Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service

We offer a wealth of opportunities for learning outside the classroom for all ages and abilities across Derbyshire - including day fieldwork programmes, trips and visits, forest school and training and workshops.
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We also deliver a wide range of projects with schools, community groups and families that you might be able to get involved in.

Find out more about what we can offer.

Educational visits and trips

We provide engaging, inspiring and interactive fieldwork visits. These hands-on curriculum linked day programmes are offered from a wide variety of locations including Chesterfield, Belper, Shipley Country Park, Holmebrook Valley Park and locations throughout the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Or we can design a tailor made visit or trip for your group from a location of your choice. The activities are fully resourced, planned and led by our experienced visit leaders.

View the educational visit and trips available for key stages 1 to 4 or view the booklet attached to this page.

Derbyshire Forest School

We aim to support settings, schools and groups in Derbyshire in developing long term Forest School programmes in a sustainable way.

Forest school is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within, and complements, the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Find out what's happening in Derbyshire and access support for your Forest School.

Training and workshops

We run a wide range of learning outside the classroom courses and workshops throughout the year. We can also create adult training workshops for you and your staff to meet your training and development needs.


We deliver a wide range of projects with many organisations and settings, including developing learning resources and delivering funded projects. If you'd like to work with us, or have us deliver something for you, please get in touch. We specialise in engaging young people in built heritage and environmental issues.

Read about our projects.

Contact us

Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service
Shand House
Dale Road South

Tel: 01629 533439

Enquire about using the environmental studies service