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Outdoor Classroom Day 2017!

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We offer one of the most exciting Outdoor Learning experiences in London: come on board and learn about the river and its story from source to mouth, its history and its future. Learn out in the open air, experiencing the reality of the river’s force and how it’s managed: real-world geography for London kids in ‘School on the River’. If your class is into environment, learn the story of climate change in an afternoon, test the Thames for chemicals and decide for yourself whether Thames Venturer could be any greener.

Learning outside, from direct experience, has been proven to affect children’s well-being and engagement with education. Schools who come on our dedicated geography and science days, as well as on Sustainability days, give great feedback and frequently re-book. We’re proud to be part of Outdoor Classroom day, which inspires more and more schools to take their learning outside every year.

New dates are available for schools to book for School on the River or Eco-Venturers, see more info on our website here.

We welcome teachers on board!

swanThis week we held a twilight open boat for teachers, who were invited to come on board to see what we offer schools, meet us and ask any questions, as well as enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles.

We were pleased to meet some new faces, despite the rain and nearby roadworks. Thanks to those who made it, and for those who didn’t we’ll surely hold the event again.

On board the Thames Venturer we offer ‘School on the River’, which involves learning about the geography of the river and how rivers develop, foraging on the foreshore and testing the water for cleanliness and temperature. We also offer ‘Eco-Venturers’, which includes experimenting with alternative energy, water-testing on a more inquiring level, and designing your own eco-boat.

As well, we have a lot of different activities that are available for bespoke education sessions, youth group sessions, alternative education organisations and those who want a bit of fun! If you’re interested in knowing more, contact, or see our website at

Two teachers look over a food-chain activity, helped by the cuddly pike
The Fabric River: children add words and images to create their river, watched over by the heron