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Pond & River Studies

Below the surface lies a hidden world of predators, nymphs and alien plants, all waiting to be discovered.

With their net and sample jar in hand children will unlock the secrets of their local ponds and rivers. Pupils will go pond dipping to come face-to-face with the creatures that call freshwater their home.
At Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre, Wrexham, we have the beautiful River Clywedog on our doorstep. It’s perfect for pupils to get first hand experience of how river systems work, exploring the power of water and the wildlife that thrives there. Children will create maps, take measurements and explore the river bed. Topics include; erosion, flow rate, river load, plant & animal ID, using map keys and learning river terminology.

Want a sneak peek of what happens on our Pond Dipping sessions? Watch our short video.

Children will also learn:


To observe freshwater life closely, using simple equipment.


Identifying and classifying skills.


To compare and contrast species.

Life cycle

The life cycle of frogs.


To use numbers, interpret data and apply maths through mapping the river ecosystem.


Empathy for other living things.

This session can be adapted to focus on either ponds, rivers or a combination of both habitats.

Get in touch with us to book your Pond & River Studies session today.


You can be sure that our Wild Curriculum sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

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Take the first step toward giving your class an immersive outdoor learning experience. Come to our natural space that will inspire, motivate and educate. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.

The hour workshop you delivered where you encouraged us to take off our shoes to ground ourselves, and take time to see and appreciate things in their natural environment has had a huge impact on my personal wellbeing. I left the session feeling calmer and more relaxed than I had in a long time. In the weeks that followed, I began to take off my shoes and walk slowly across the grass before and after school, and felt that it was enabling me to start the day in a better way.

The strategies you shared reminded me very much of my own childhood and the upbringing that I was fortunate enough to have. It reinforced how crucial these experiences are to share with the children we teach.

I am very much looking forward to developing outdoor learning experiences this year, and would like to thank you and James for the time you spent, and the many strategies and ideas you shared.

Thank you once again!

Siân Beynon

Teacher at Birchgrove Primary School
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