Leapfrog: Connecting Schools with Nature
Now is the time to develop your outdoor classroom!
Froglife can help build or restore wildlife ponds and other habitats to provide a fantastic learning resource for your school. The areas we are focusing on are:
- Forth Valley
- Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
A full outdoor classroom, depending on requirements, costs between £6-10K. We offer a range of features for your outdoor classroom including: wildlife ponds, dipping platforms, carved wooden benches, accessible paths, raised beds, pond plants, wildflowers, fire pits, interpretation boards, sheds, chalkboards and wildlife homes.
Just let us know what you have in mind and we will provide a quote.
Leapfrog Schools Case Studies
The Gretton School, Girton
The Gretton School had a great size area of their grounds which was used for outdoor activities, but had become overgrown and had the potential to offer so much more. Froglife transformed this area, including reinstating an old pond, into a space which provides excellent habitat for wildlife whilst also providing an area suitable for outdoor learning and activities.
Coates Primary School, Whittlesey
Coates Primary had a corner of their grounds set aside as a wildlife area, but unfortunately it had become significantly overgrown and was no longer in use. Thanks to the transformation by Leapfrog Schools, the once uninhabitable pond now has an abundance of frogs as well as a dipping platform for students to use for pond dipping. There are also homes for all kinds of wildlife to use including bats, insects and birds. With equipment like butterfly and pond dipping nets, binoculars and pooters, students can enjoy the area for many years to come.
John Clare, Helpston, Peterborough
This local village primary school had a neglected wildlife area in need of rejuvenation. Supported by staff, parents and children at the school Froglife reinstated the pond, which had all but dried up, and created an outdoor classroom area with a range of habitats for wildlife to make use of. The area is open to the public after school hours and at weekends so the space can be enjoyed by all.
Farcet School, Huntingdonshire
Farcet was one of our first Leapfrog Schools and we helped to transform their Secret Garden into a usable teaching and community space. With support from family and teachers as volunteers, this overgrown area was de-brambled, revamped and the concrete pond restored. The project was also supported by the local Women’s Institute. The site is now used for cross-curricular activities and by the local preschool.
Park Lane School, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire
This local primary school had a fish-shaped pond packed with goldfish. To boost local biodiversity, Froglife helped them to create a new wildlife pond with a pond dipping platform, as well as an arbour, shed and new outdoor classroom facilities. Our Froglife Active Conservation Team were heavily involved, with young offenders giving back to the local community through improving the area. Have a look at our Leapfrog presentation here.
For information on Froglife’s other education projects, click here.