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.


  • Learning in and by an internationally rare chalk stream
  • River and pond dipping - kick sampling, identification
  • 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
  • Pressures the river 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.