What if it is hot?

Thermal image showing the cooling effect of canopy shade

Wild Learning summer days are spent almost exclusively under the tree canopy on all our sites, which reduces direct exposure to sunlight almost completely, and where the ambient temperature is also very significantly reduced: studies have shown that ambient air temperature under a woodland canopy is between 7 and 15°C lower than the surrounding areas.

This being the case, and given that urban environments have the opposite effect (capturing and radiating heat to produce as much a 10°C increase in temperature over the forecast) you could expect the working temperature for our group under the trees on the Common to be up to 20° cooler than in an urban heat island.

The British Red Cross lists forests as one of the best environments to retreat to to escape the heat. So, your children will already be in the coolest place possible (barring an air conditioned room or car), but in addition to this, we require parents to provide extra water and appropriate clothing for forecast hot days, and we monitor fluid intake very strictly during the day. You can help by reading our information email carefully, and making sure your children come with enough water and the right clothes. We also play various games involving water pistols, which have the side effect of cooling the children down (another Red Cross recommendation).

All our staff have outdoor first aid certification, which includes training on recognising and treating hyperthermia (should the need arise).

There is more about the cooling effects of woods on our blog here, if you are interested: http://wild-learning.net/woods-are-cool/