Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s youth and schools service has won a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality award for the third time for its outdoor education programmes and work with disadvantaged students.

The park, which stretches across 10,000 acres, includes heritage sites, nature reserves and open green spaces, as well as sports venues. It stretches along the River Lee, and runs through Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Karen Wheeler, the authority’s youth and schools manager, says the park provides “a wealth of hands-on opportunities” for more than 22,000 students, including sensory safaris, plant classification challenges, river walks and minibeast hunting.

Her teams also hosts design and technology activities at Lee Valley VeloPark, which was the London 2012 track cycling and BMX venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, plus geography at Lee Valley white water centre in Waltham Cross, where Team GB won gold and silver in the London 2012 canoe slalom event.

Picture: Discovering new creatures on a minibeast hunt

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