STUDENTS dusted down their wellies for a trip to the forest to find out more about how younger children learn in the great outdoors.
Eight child care students from East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus enjoyed a day in Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland.
The teenagers took part in a range of activities usually enjoyed by younger children to find out, first-hand, the benefits of the outside classroom.
Neil Taylor, forestry commission head ranger who spent the day with the students, said: “It was an absolute pleasure taking such a polite and friendly group of students around the trail.
“I hope they found the experience useful and interesting,” he added.
Claire Sheppard, a childcare lecturer at the college, added: “The trip provided a really valuable experience for the students.
“Thank you to Neil for sharing his passion and expertise.”