ARK River School

Enjoying, valuing and understanding their local river

Wherever possible we believe getting children outdoors and in the river is the best learning experience, however we can bring the river to you when this is not an option.

River School can be run at a range of river locations in the catchment. Activities can often be tailored to age, ability, time and objectives of the group. In 2022-23 we worked with 2,012 children.


  • Learning in and by an internationally rare chalk stream
  • River dipping and wetland exploration - kick sampling, identification
  • River safari - learning to identify river features, healthy habitats and field signs first hand
  • Assisting with conservation
  • Gaining knowledge and skills
  • Guided riverbank and water meadow walks - exploring habitats, sweep netting and identification of plants and animals
  • What lives here and why
  • River features and life cycles
  • Pollution and water scarcity - pressures the rivers and wildlife are facing and what we can do to help
  • Bird watching

River School is suitable for pre-schools, schools, Rainbow, Beaver, Cub, Brownie, Scout and other groups. For further information and to book email

'ARK are a fantastic organisation who we love working with. They really engage the children in finding out about the environment that surrounds them. It is outdoor learning at its best!' Teacher feedback Kennet Valley Primary School, Lockeridge.

'We had an amazing afternoon with you.  The children absolutely loved it and learnt a huge amount – the perfect combination.' Teacher feedback Hungerford Primary School.

'Anna and her team adapted their session to meet the needs of our students seamlessly making it an enjoyable and informative day. The students loved all the activities and there were lots of learning opportunities delivered in a fun and practical way. We will definitely be returning for another session.' Teacher feedback Tadley Court School, Tadley.