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    Pond dipping for insects at Parliament Hill
    ​Students learning about insects and newts by pond-dipping.​
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    Using binoculars in an education session on Hampstead Heath
    ​​A student learning how to use binoculars to bird-watch.

Learn with us

Over 40,000 students have been inspired, engaged and amazed by London's premium outdoor classroom since 2005. Our National Curriculum focused programmes are delivered in a fun, interactive and discovery-based way which encourages children to build their emotional connections to nature and understand their role in a changing environment. The Hampstead Heath Education Centre provides programmes focused on science, as well as geography, art and design, citizenship and literacy. We deliver education sessions at our Education Centre near Parliament Hill Fields, the Old Orchard garden near Kenwood House and in Golders Hill Park.

Watch a video about learning on Hampstead Heath.

​Our teaching sites​

Education Centre (near Parliament Hill Fields)

Our multi-sensory classroom and teaching gardens provide safe, engaging and friendly environments for your students to learn. Toilets, hand washing facilities and a lunchroom are easily accessible for all users.

Golders Hill Park and Zoo

From the Glassroom classroom​ we deliver a range of sessions from our primary programme. Students can explore the zoo and butterfly house to learn about tropical butterflies, lemurs, coatis, owls and more. A lunchroom is available and toilets and hand washing facilities are at the Golders Hill Café.

Old Orchard garden

The Old Orchard garden is located on the North side of the Heath near Kenwood House. Access from the outside of the Heath is via Hampstead Lane and is a short walk from the 210 bus stop. The Old Orchard garden is a beautiful space to explore nature and has a pond and mini-beast hunting areas.

Plan your visit

Full details of our programmes including National Curriculum links can be found below or alternatively email us for a copy of our brochure. For further information about booking a session please contact us.

Email: heath.education@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7482 7073

Opportunities to assess learner progress

The Hampstead Heath Education team use a variety of different techniques to provide opportunities for visiting teachers to assess the progress of their students during a session. These include:

  • question and answer sessions
  • role play presentations in teams or individually to solidify concepts
  • completion of worksheets during sessions
  • navigating under time limits and answering questions appropriately
  • a variety of games designed to assess learner progress
  • pair share opportunities

Help us improve our sessions

At Hampstead Heath Education Centre we are committed to improving our services through feedback from our customers. An evaluation form is given to visiting teachers after each session.

Other useful information

Transport for London can offer advice, assistance and discounts to schools visiting an educational or cultural venue. 

Learning on Hampstead Heath

​Primary school programme

Early Years and Foundation Stage Programme

Bugliest Bug

Get hands on in our pond and garden and learn about common mini-beasts in a fun story telling session with Dilly the Damselfly and make your own mini-beast.

Eco-Art

Use natural materials to create group art pieces and individual sculptures, and learn about how nature can inspire our work.

Secret lives of butterflies & mini-beasts

Only available at Golders Hill Park. Discover butterflies and their lifecycles through a tour of the butterfly house, meeting exotic butterfly species up close as well as exploring the local park for common mini-beasts.

Super seasons

Explore the four seasons on the Heath using your senses in our interactive seasonal walks, one for each season!

The Zoo and you

Only available at Golders Hill Park. Uncover similarities and differences between humans and zoo animals and what characteristics they share with us by exploring Golders Hill Park Zoo.

EYFS Curriculum content

  • understanding the world
  • expressive art and design

Key Stage 1 Science Programme

Bugliest Bug

Get hands on in our pond and garden and learn about common mini-beasts in a fun story telling session with Dilly the Damselfly and make your own mini-beast.

Heath Beasts

Learn how animals are suited to their habitats by investigating our special teaching gardens to find mini-beasts that live there.

Plant detectives

Learn about the parts of a plant, what a plant needs to survive, and meet some common Heath plants through games, role play and interactive learning.

The Zoo and You

Only available at Godlers Hill Park. Through the exploration of our zoo animal collection, children learn how to classify animals based on their skin coverings.

Super Seasons

Explore the four seasons on the Heath using your senses in our interactive seasonal walks - one for each season!

Who eats who?

Explore our special teaching gardens to investigate who eats who and create simple food chains based on animals and plants found on the Heath.

National Curriculum content

  • animals including humans
  • living things and their habitats
  • plants
  • seasonal changes

Lower Key Stage 2 Science Programme

Classify that

Learn to be a classification specialist in this hands on adventure into invertebrate classification using real life creatures.

Guess who at the zoo

Only available at Golders Hill Park. Learn how to classify vertebrates in this interactive session at our zoo. Tours of the zoo, games and challenges put learning to the test.

Sensational Seeds

This session explores seeds and seed dispersal on the Heath by hunting for different seeds and using drama to consolidate learning.

Soil Scientists

Only available at Parliament Hill Fields. Complete a challenge working as a team of scientists testing properties of different soils found on the Heath.

National Curriculum content

  • living things and their habitats
  • plants
  • rocks and soils

Upper Key Stage 2 Science Programme

Evolution and adaptation

Develop scientific skills by following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and discover the amazing adaptations of plants and birds on the Heath.

It's a bug's life

Delve into the complicated lives of insects in this session about their lifecycles focusing on metamorphosis using real life creatures.

National Curriculum content

  • evolution and inheritance
  • living things and their habitats

KS1 and KS2 Geography and History programmes

​Mad about maps (KS1)

Learn how to use landmarks and maps to find your way around. Test your skills with our treasure hunt in our special teaching garden.

Orienteering (KS2)

Learn about maps, compasses and route planning before embarking on our orienteering challenge on the Heath.

Top Tip: Orienteering requires a 1:5 adult to student ratio so get volunteers lined up early!

National Curriculum content

  • geographical skills and fieldwork

Stone Age survivors (KS2)

Learn what is was like to survive in the early Palaeolithic with this hands on session looking at artefacts and practising survival skills such as fire lighting and shelter building.

Stone Age art (KS2)

Learn about creative skills developed in the late Palaeolithic with this hands on session looking at artefacts and creating your own cave painting and clay pot to take home!

National Curriculum content

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • a local history study

KS1 and KS2 Art and Design Programme

​Eco-Art

Nature and life processes have been an inspiration to artists for thousands of years, from the cave paintings in Lascaux to the modern day earth artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash.

This creative session gives learners the opportunity to engage with nature as never before. By looking at other artists work, their ideas and methods, students will have an opportunity to build on their knowledge of nature and life processes by making art in the outdoors.

National Curriculum content

  • art and design

KS1 and KS2 Teamwork activities

​Modern survivor

Learn what it takes to survive in the wild and put your teamwork skills to test with shelter building and fire lighting in our special teaching garden.

We can tailor learning objectives to suit your needs in this fun session perfect for team building, cooperation and perseverance. Why not combine this workshop with an orienteering session in the afternoon to make it a full day of fun?

Please call us for a detailed discussion of what we can offer you.

Prices and timings

State schools

Half day (2 hours) £99 per session (up to 30 children), £49.50 per 15 additional children.

Full day (2 x 2 hour sessions) £198.00 (up to 30 children), £99 per 15 additional children.

Independent schools

Half day (2 hours) £129 per session (up to 30 children), £65 per 15 additional children.

Full day (2 x 2 hour sessions) £258 (up to 30 children), £129 per 15 additional children.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Need help with costs for your visit?

You can apply to the City of London School Visits Fund for a grant of up to £300 to help with costs for visiting a variety of City of London venues including Hampstead Heath. Visit the School Visits Fund website to learn more.

Workshop times

EYFS sessions last 1.5 hours and all other sessions last 2 hours and can be booked for a morning (10am-12pm) or an afternoon (1-3pm). Full day bookings require the choice of 2 sessions. Both the Hampstead Heath Education Centre and the Golders Hill Glassroom Classroom can be booked for a 30 minute lunch space on a first come, first served basis.


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