This weekend is intended for family groups wishing to expand their knowledge of natural history. What better way to do this than in the idyllic rural setting of Juniper Hall, a country house close to Box Hill?

The Mole Valley provides many superb and diverse wildlife habitats. Discover the amazing animals that live under our noses. River dipping, minibeast hunts, small mammal trapping, walking.

There is a wide range of possible activities on this family wildlife course and the programme will be tailored as closely as possible to the interests of the families present. You might go river dipping, sampling invertebrates in the leaf litter or go for a nature walk in the beautiful countryside around Box Hill. You will set small mammal traps to get a close-up look at the creatures living in the grounds of Juniper Hall before releasing them back into their natural habitats. Activities include: River Dipping, Minibeast Hunts, Small Mammal Trapping, Walking. Activity sites may be a short walk away.

All food, activities and accommodation are provided allowing you all to enjoy a half-term break.

The course is suitable for families with children aged 4 – 8 years. Please note: You will be sharing a room with just you and your family.

Tutor: Lou Hilderley

Lou Hilderley is an experienced and popular tutor at FSC with specialist knowledge of working with children. In addition, Lou is actively with Scouting activities and experience of Makaton.

Example Timetable

Start and finish times

Residential guests are welcome to arrive, register and settle into rooms any time between 15.30 and 17.00 on Friday. Non-residents should aim to be here by 16.45. A short welcome talk will take place at 17.00 followed by dinner at 17.30.

The course will begin with an activity after dinner and will finish with afternoon tea at approximately 4.00pm on Sunday.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to bring

Please bring the following with you if you can:

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Stout shoes (wellies can be borrowed from the Centre at no extra cost)
  • Lunchbox
  • Water bottle and/or thermos flask
  • Small rucksack
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