The Wheler Foundation


Learning Outside the Classroom


External Classrooms and Educational Opportunities

The Wheler Foundation in conjunction with other organisations hosts various educational days and estate visits. All visits must be pre arranged.


Woodland Tutorials

The extensive areas of woodland on both the Ledston and Otterden Estates are used by school groups for woodland tutorials organised by various organisations including the Countryside Learning Charity.

These can be full or half day classes and allow children to learn about woodland in a location where they can actively experience them. Information is combined with games to engage the students and development is hugely enhanced by the out of classroom learning environment.

The students cover a range of topics including tree identification and characteristics, wildlife habitats and the animals that depend upon woodlands.

 Classroom Facility

The foundation has recently developed some underused tradiitional buildings on the Ledston Estate into a indoor classroom facility fully equipt with a kitchen and toilets. 

Thus creating a permanent learning area/classroom with associated facilities on the Estate to enable year round visits and improved facilities for the learning experience.

This facility is available to be used by educational and local groups/classes. If you are interested in booking the facility please contact us (details contained in the Contact Us page) a fee may be applicable in certain circumstances.


Ledston Estate Countryside Live Days

Every year the Ledston Estate hosts and sponsors a 2 day Countryside Live event in the historic park and woodland. This is an event organised by Countryside Learning and in 2012 was attended by just over 3500 school children and their teachers from across the Yorkshire region.

This event offers an invaluable opportunity for a hands on practical experience enabling children to learn about a multitude of rural practices including: all aspects of agriculture, equine care, cookery, rural crafts, and rural pursuits to name just a few. The event is attended by a number of rural professionals and businesses who take the time to teach the children about the countryside and their role within it.

2012 saw the 7th Annual Countryside Live event at Ledston.

Otterden Estate, Estate Visits
The Otterden Estate hosts and sponsors a 1 day event organised by Countryside Learning.

This enables up to 300 school children and their teachers to learn about the countryside.

They follow a similar format to the Ledston Days but on a smaller scale.

These days again offer an invaluable opportunity for practical learning in and about the countryside.


In addition to the above events both estates host further school visits in conjunction with the Country Trust and Forest Schools.

These see between 250 and 500 additional children visit both Estates annually.

View a few of our thank you letters here:

Letter 1

Letter 2


Please contact Carter Jonas if you are interested in participating in one of these events or a school visit.




""Organisers and exhibitors were without exception, helpful, friendly and extremely well informed and organised. Children were excited and enthusiastic about the whole experienced and wanted to tell everyone back at school all about it. Thank you for a wonderful day""
Primary School teachers
Feedback from Ledston Live event
""We have enjoyed the last two years and it has spurred us on to develop our extracurricular work largely based on your ideas, resources and experiences gained from the day. Thank you so much." "
Primary School teachers
Feedback from Ledston Live event
""We had an excellent day and the children loved it. We will definitely attend next year, as we felt the level was just right for primary pupils and the size of the event was just right""
Primary School teachers
Feedback from Ledston Live event
"Our objectives for the visit was to provide the children with a fun day out which was educational, our objectives were very much met, with the visit covering many curriculum subjects""
Primary School teachers
Feedback from Ledston Live event
""We have used the day to aid writing with reason and all Science work next term is based on ideas from the pond dipping activity.""
Primary School teachers
Feedback from Ledston Live event


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