About us

​Everdon Outdoor Learning Centre is located in a superb rural setting in the attractive village of Everdon, near Daventry. The surrounding countryside provides a wide variety of contrasting landscapes and habitats which make the area ideal for the study of Geography, Science and Environmental Studies.

Everdon has access to woodlands, ponds, rivers and meadows providing the opportunity for the study of ecosystems of varying complexity. We can provide schools and groups with the opportunity to sample outdoor activities such as orienteering, cross country navigation and team building games.

We welcome groups from schools, nurseries and playgroups, clubs such as Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Rainbows or Brownies or even a group of families or individuals.

Accommodation

We have two dormitories, one sleeping 14 and one 16, and a further room upstairs accommodating 3 if needed. Staff can use a single room between the dormitories and additional rooms upstairs along with a bathroom and toilets. For more information about the accommodation and facilities at Everdon Outdoor Learning centre please see our accommodation page.

Access and disabilities

The Centre will endeavour to cater for everyone. However, if a member of your group does require special individual facilities we would invite you to visit the Centre prior to making a booking.

​Meet the team

  • Ali Ali

    ​Meet Ali Fortuna!
    Education Ranger

    Ali trained as a Teacher with a particular interest in Special Needs. Ali is a qualified Forest School Leader and Tutor.

    Ali joined Everdon in 2012

    Why outdoor learning?

    Because the benefits are more than you can imagine, it’s like magic!

    Favourite activity at Everdon?

    Forest School

  • Alison Alison

    ​Meet Alison Crowther!
    Centre Manager

    Alison qualified in Early Years and worked in schools with Speech and Language units. Alison then moved into training Early Years Practitioners and  qualified as a Forest School Leader and Trainer.

    Alison has worked at Everdon since 2007.

    Why outdoor learning?

    I think that all subjects can be taught using the outdoors and it is an inspiring way to get children (and adults!) involved in nature, it’s a great way to learn without realising you’re learning!

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    Working with pre-school children at Forest School.

  • Gloria Gloria

    ​Meet Gloria Goyns!
    Cook and Cleaner

    Gloria has worked in offices and factories and has even worked at the Royal Theatre.

    Gloria has been working at Everdon for nearly 11 years.

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    Meeting the people who come to the Centre.

    Hobbies

    Art, motor biking and meeting people from all backgrounds

  • Isolda Isolda

    Meet Isolda Marroquin!
    Education Ranger

    Isolda has worked for many years as a watersports and outdoor education instructor, on the South coast, the Lake District, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

    Isolda has been working at Everdon for nearly 3 years.

    Why outdoor learning?

    I find it gives people a sense of freedom and sense of adventure. There is so much outdoors to experience and discover in an ever changing environment.

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    Fire lighting

  • Jo Jo

    Meet Jo Gamble!
    Education Ranger

    Jo joined the Everdon team in 2012.
    ​Jo studied BSc (hons) Rural Environmental Protection at Harper Adams Agricultural College, Shropshire. She has worked for the Game & Wildlife Conservancy Trust surveying ground nesting birds and for FWAG, Farming and Wildlife Group as a Farm Conservation Advisor. Jo is a fully fledged Forest School Leader and tutor.

    Why outdoor learning?
    "I love being outside and outdoor learning is a great opportunity to enthuse others to come outside, enjoy and discover our amazing natural world."

    Hobbies
    Jo likes to grow her own organic vegetables and is creating a wildlife garden at her home.

  • Mike Mike

    Meet Mike Collins!
    Casual ranger

    Mike has a passion for outdoor education and has qualifications in canoeing, leading in hills and moorland and bushcraft.

    Mike has been working at Everdon for 10 years. 

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    I enjoy all the activities we offer and love the variety and working throughout the seasons.

    Hobbies

    I particularly enjoy travelling in wilderness areas around the world and have been fortunate enough to visit all seven continents, all the major mountain ranges and over sixty countries.

  • Nina Nina

    Meet Nina Krawczyk!
    Administrator

    Nina has a background in retail management, she worked for Mothercare and got to experience working abroad for their International team.

    Nina has worked for Everdon for 3 and a half years

    Why outdoor learning?

    Why not?

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    Having one of Pauline’s lovely coffees, and hearing lots of noise.

    Hobbies

    Walking the dog, gardening, moving furniture, reading.

  • Pauline Pauline

    ​Meet Pauline Yates!
    Domestic Facilities Manager

    Pauline went to Birmingham Food and Domestic Arts College. Before working at Everdon she worked as a cook at Dodford Nursery and has previously worked in hospital catering.

    Pauline has been working at Everdon for 28 years.

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    I love watching the children enjoying themselves, my children stayed here and it’s nice and friendly.

    Hobbies

    Gardening, knitting, cooking, reading

    Likes

    • Chocolate
    • Sunny days
    • Spending time with my grandchildren

    Dislikes

    • Creepy crawlies!
    • Windy days
    • Washing the car
  • Shelly Shelly
    ​Meet Shelly Jackman!

    Education Ranger

    Shelly joined Everdon in July 2016.

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    Forest School

    Likes:

    • Chocolate
    • Cornwall
    • Family and friends

    Dislikes

    • Yellow
    • Bad manners
    • Mushrooms
  • Tanya Tanya

    ​Meet Tanya Askew!

    Education Ranger

    Tanya has a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and previously worked as an Early Years Teacher.

    Tanya joined Everdon in September 2016.

    Why outdoor learning?

    No adult agenda- it's child led.

    What is your favourite activity at Everdon?

    Walking through the woods using our sense to discover wildlife.

​"Your staff were absolutely brilliant!"

St Gregory’s School, Northampton

First for Wellbeing delivering services on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.