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Date updated: 4/22/2021

Join us for a fun, inspiring outdoor learning experience. Connect with nature and ignite curiosity with our hands-on learning sessions.

From pond dipping and exploring habitats to orienteering and eco-art, we have lots of unforgettable sessions to offer - each designed to help children explore and discover nature and to support learning in schools.

Enquiries

If you have any questions you'd like answers to before you book, please call the Learning Team on 020 74827073 or email the Learning Team.

 
Session Price
State school session £99 per session
Independent school session £129 per session

 Booking and funding support

KS2 school programmes

Discover the secret life of invertebrates. Explore Hampstead Heath with a hands-on bug-hunt to see how many creatures you can find. Test your new-found knowledge by challenging yourself to identify your newly discovered creatures. Can you sort them into the right groups?

Activities include:

  • Bug Hunting
  • Using a Key
  • Make your own key

Investigate the diet of the creatures we can find on Hampstead Heath. Pond-dip to find out which minibeasts live below the surface of our pond, before going on a guided bird watch with binoculars to discover your own food chains. Why do the animals choose to live here and what do they eat?

Activities include:

  • Food Scavenger Hunt
  • Pond Dip
  • Bird Watching 

Explore Hampstead Heath to meet some of our resident plants. Discover how important Seeds are to a plant’s lifecycle, and how seeds are designed to disperse and give the seed the best possible chance to thrive.

Activities include:

  • Seed Scavenger Hunt
  • Seed Dispersal Drama
  • Design a seed

Be inspired by artists like Andy Goldsworthy in this creative session. Discuss how and why people make stone age art in your group, before working together to make your own eco art. Use clay to make your own individual piece of art. This stand-alone session is an excellent way to round off your day on the Heath.

Activities include:

  • Class Discussion
  • Collecting Materials
  • Team mural
  • Individual clay Art

Work as a team of scientists in our geology-based challenge. Using the real dams on Hampstead Heath ponds as inspiration, complete experiments on our 3 main types of soil. Can your team complete the challenge and choose the right soil for our final challenge?

Activities include:

  • Guided Walk
  • Experiments (*3)
  • Dam-Challenge

Find yourself stranded in our beautiful teaching garden. How are you going to survive the night? Complete our hands on challenges to test yourself and your group. Build a shelter and start a fire before night falls (or it’s time to go back to school)

Activities include:

  • Shelter building
  • Fire Lighting
  • Foraging Walk

Using Charles Darwin as our inspiration, explore Hampstead Heath to see which plants and animals are best adapted to the environment.

Activities Include:

  • Scientist Discovery Walk
  • Plant Scavenger Hunt/Exploration
  • Bird Watching

Learn the different types of lifecycle found in the invertebrate world. Which creatures completely change (complete metamorphosis) and which creatures look similar to their younger selves (incomplete metamorphosis) Get hands on in our gardens to find different invertebrates, on land and in the pond- see if you can deduce which creatures grow in which lifecycle.

Activities include:

  • Pond Dipping
  • Bug Hunting
  • Lifecycle Sorting Challenge

One of our most popular sessions. Can you and your tribe survive the stone age? Get hands on in our experiential session. Can you work as a team to build a shelter and light a fire? Discuss what Stone Age people needed to survive, and what tools they would make. See what plants you can forage and discuss how the stone age people would use them. If you can visit for the whole day, we recommend pairing this session with an Eco Art session.

Activities include:

  • Handling Stone Age Materials
  • Shelter Building
  • Fire Lighting

Learn how to use landmarks to find your way, and the importance of compass directions. Compete in our challenge across Hampstead Heath- how many points can your team find? Test your team-work skills in this exciting session. If you are visiting for a whole day, we recommend pairing this session with our exciting modern survivor session.

Activities include:

  • Map & Compass training session
  • Orienteering Competition

Maps and Orienteering Y5+6

 

Our whole day Maps session for year 5-6. Spend the morning tackling our map-based challenges. Look at maps and compasses in more detail, including looking at contour lines and degrees. In the afternoon, test your map-reading and team work skills in our orienteering challenge.

Activities Include:

  • Map Challenge (Contours Lines, Keys, Compass Bearings)
  • Map & Compass training session
  • Orienteering

Explore Hampstead Heath and use your imagination to discover magical locations. Create your own character and storyboard an adventure. How does your character interact with the landscape on it’s journey? Use your creative vocabulary to explore your character’s world.

Activities Include:

  • Character creating (craft)
  • Free exploration/Role Play
  • Storyboarding/stones