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Summer Time In The Forest

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Don’€™t get us wrong, we’€™re utterly enamoured by the sights, sounds and smells of the forest all year round. Regardless of the weather, season, or time of day, the wonderfully wild woodland always manages to captivate us. Hence why forests are the home to most of Go Ape’€™s Tree Top Adventure courses!

With each season comes new reasons to fall in love with the forest. So, staying topical, here’€™s why you should visit one this summer.

To see and smell the rainbow

Of flowers, that is. Forests aren’€™t just green! The flowers and plants which cover its floor transform it into a multicoloured canvas of pinks, purples, reds, whites, yellow and blues. Says the Woodland Trust, late spring flowering plants like bugle, wild strawberry, herb Robert, pignut, foxglove and lesser stitchwort (most of which sound like something from a J.K. Rowling novel) are joined by the likes of dog rose, enchanter’€™s nightshade and honeysuckle. See them, smell them, lie amongst them!

To seek shelter

Shady spots are in abundance in the forest, particularly during summer when the canopy is extra thick and bushy. This makes the ideal conditions for a morning trek, or maybe even an afternoon of tearing up the trials on a mountain bike. Oh, and let’€™s not forget, the canopy also keeps you nice and shaded while you’€™re busy swinging from tree to tree as you tackle a Tree Top Adventure course with your tribe!

To peer at (and into) a pond or two

Ponds are the ultimate place to spot wildlife, especially during summer. Look out for frogs, newts and tadpoles; pond skaters which skim along the water; and snails and diving beetles, which take regular trips to the surface to catch their breath. Out of the water, you may see dragonflies and damselflies dance in their air; or birds soaring to the water to take their daily bath. One of our favourite spots has to be Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean (where you’€™ll also find one of our leafy hideouts!).

To indulge in a mighty feast

Picnics in the park? Overrated! Pack a feast into a wicker hamper and head to the forest, instead! We’€™d highly recommend the New Forest; a beautiful national park encompassing woodlands as well as heathlands and coastlines. The best picnic spots are all along Ornamental Drive; try Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary to enjoy your sarnies next to a herd of fallow deer; or Lepe Country Park where you can watch the ships sail to Southampton as you chow down on your crisps.

To explore it in a brand new way

You’€™ve walked through forests. You’€™ve ran through forests. You’€™ve ridden through forests. So, it’€™s time to explore the forest in a brand new way: by swinging, zipping or rolling through it! Go Ape can be found in some of the Britain’€™s best-loved forests and parks; in 31 locations in fact, meaning there’€™s bound to be a site near you.

If you fancy unleashing your inner Tarzan in the canopy, book one of our Tree Top Adventures for you and your tribe. You’€™ll tackle everything from swings and bridges to tunnels and high ropes, whizzing to the ground after each section via zip wire. Alternatively, you could board a bunch of all-terrain Segways for an hour’€™s worth of exploration; or head to Grizedale forest for a one-of-a-kind Zip Trekking Adventure (just zip, after zip, after zip).

Or (yes, there’€™s more!) come and check out our very latest, forest-themed adventure at Black Park: Nets Kingdom! It’€™s a mighty, netted playground set up high in the trees where you can run amok with your tribe!

Natural history programmes – inspiring our love for the great outdoors!

Child Watching TV
If we asked you to name three national treasures, we bet one of your answers will be Sir David Attenborough. A hero to us all, Sir David has inspired generations with his natural history programmes, granting us unprecedented access and unique insight into the ways of the wonderful, untameable, wild world.

We delved into the deep, dark depths of the ocean watching The Blue Planet. We sympathised with polar bears and Arctic wolves watching The Frozen Planet. And we all watched with bated breath as a baby iguana ran for its life while being chased by snakes on Planet Earth II (and cheered when the little fella made it!).

In fact, Planet Earth II, which aired late last year, was the most watched natural history programme in the UK for over 15 years, drawing in around 9.2 million viewers during the opening episode alone.

Of course, it’€™s not just Sir David’€™s encapsulating documentaries that inspire our love for the natural world. Many nature-lovers have used their passion to create inspiring documentaries and to better educate us about nature; the way it works, the challenges it faces, and how humans play a pivotal part in its preservation and future.

Inspiring our little ones

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We know we moan about wasting evenings watching TV, but if kids are watching TV to learn about our lovely little planet, that can only be a good thing! Natural history programmes are capturing our kids’ imaginations, fuelling their curiosity, and inspiring them get out there and live life adventurously!

So, this weekend, why not make like Sir David and go and immerse yourself in the natural world!? For instance, why don’€™t you pay a visit to a local forest? Help your little ones learn all about the different types of trees, see how many species of wildlife you can spot, or gather natural materials to build a leafy hideout.

If your little ones (and you) are fans of nature and wildlife docs, no doubt you’€™ve watched a few episodes based on our furry, monkey pals. You’€™ve watched them in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees, play-fighting on the forest floor with one another. Well, we’ve got a suggestion: why not have a go at being a monkey yourself!?

See things from the perspective of your furry friends by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior at Go Ape! Our courses are set high up in the canopy and feature a whole heap of fun obstacles for you to tackle. You’€™ll wobble across bridges, clamber up ropes, leap from platforms and into nets, whoosh through the air via zip wire and much, much more! Let’s hear you: Oh ah ah ah, oh oh, ah ah ah!

So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate the beautiful natural world by swinging through the trees at Go Ape!

Rewards for your school children.

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE

As any teacher knows, rewarding your tribe for a job well done, whether that involves academic achievement, excellent behaviour or attempting something they initially found daunting is a helpful tactic to keep motivation sky high. A juicy dangling carrot at the end of an arduous task can provide just the boost a student might need in order to pull their best efforts out of the bag!

Getting to know your tribe

The key to choosing the right rewards to offer your class is to remember that each little monkey is an individual with their own unique personality. For the greatest chance of your reward system working, you want to have a variety of rewards to pull into play that suit the different personality types of your tribe. After all, variety is the spice of life!

Whilst it’s impossible to stick students into neat little categories, the acclaimed Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test can suggest whether a student is more of an extrovert or an introvert in the way they focus their attention and get their energy. This can help you choose the rewards they might respond best to.

Extroverts have more of a tendency to gain an energy boost from interaction with the world around them, focus on making connections with others, prefer to learn through actions, and can feel drained by spending too much time alone.

Introverts may prefer to boost their energy from within,“ from their own ideas, thoughts and feelings. They may feel drained by too much time spent around others, prefer to focus on fostering a few close friendships, and may like to learn through observations.

Tree Top Junior School Trips

Rewards which might match

In the moment€™ rewards such as public praise in the classroom or displaying the student’€™s name on a poster as €˜student of the week€™ might appeal to the more extroverted amongst your clan, those who are happy to step into the limelight and enjoy their chance to shine! They might also respond well to formal assemblies where they can receive certificates and enjoy the applause.

In comparison, the more introverted student might die a little inside at the idea of all those eyes watching them receive their award. Token rewards that represent value such as house points that contribute towards a greater prize, or individual points that could be traded in for rewards such as free time, might be a better idea.

Go Ape for schools

Of course, one of the most memorable rewards you can offer your students is the opportunity to try something new, and our adventurous school trip packages at Go Ape offer the chance to do just that! We offer both primary and senior school packages at affordable prices and our range of activities will appeal to a wide variety of students, from those happy to quietly swing their way through the treetops, soaking up the scenery of the great outdoors, to those who want all eyes on them as they let out their loudest Tarzan yell and leap from one of our high platforms!

To treat your students to a unique and rewarding day out as well as boost their skills in communication and self-confidence, speak to one of our hairy team today!

How are those stories coming along?

KIds Writing Competition
Been on any awesome adventures recently? If you’€™re a mini Tarzan aged 4-12, then we want to hear all about them!

Maybe you built your first-ever forest den, held a campout in your back garden with your best buddies, or found fossils on a local beach. Perhaps you tried rock climbing for the very first time, hiked to a peak with your parents, or discovered treasure during a geocache trip.

Small or big, scary or exciting (or both), we’€™re asking you to help spread the love for adventure by sharing your story with us and the world!

Your story can be anywhere from 100 to 500 words. Share as many details as you can! What time did you get up? What was the weather like on the day? How were you feeling before the adventure? What did your parents say when you conquered the activity?

The more info, the better, as it’€™ll help us to feel how you were feeling during your adventure. It’€™ll help us to relive it!

Can’€™t think of an inspiring adventure off the top of your head? Make one up! Get those creative juices flowing and write about an awesome adventure that you’€™d love to go on in the future, or a story about an adventure someone you know has embarked on. Ask your parents or grandparents a€“ they may be able to tell you a tale or two!

There are no rules to this competition a the only thing we ask is for your stories to be as adventure-filled as possible. We want to read stories that, by the end, will leave us itching to go on an adventure of our own!

As well as helping to inspire the world to live life more adventurously, you’ll be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes. We’€™re giving away heaps of adventure books, but also, lucky winners will get the chance to clamber into the canopy to take on one of our tree-mendous Tree Top Junior courses! They won’t be alone, though: they get to choose whether they take their school tribe, or their best buddies for a birthday bash like no other!

The competition closes at midnight, 22nd June. You can submit your entry through a form on the website, or by scanning a copy and sending it to [email protected] with the subject line €’Writing competition’

So, what are you waiting for little monkeys? Pick up a pen and start inspiring

Good luck!

Writing Competition

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