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Pond dipping in Dartmoor.

Our step-by-step guide takes you from introducing National Parks in your classroom to planning your field trip to a National Park.

Step 1: Why National Parks?

Step 2: Introducing National Parks in the classroom

Step 3: Outdoor Learning in National Parks - Where to start

Step 4: Get in touch with the Education Services

Step 5: Plan your visit

Step 1: Why National Parks?

There are many reasons why national parks are ideal places for outdoor learning, here are just a few:

  • Our education teams can give you all the help you need, from simple advice on where to go, to delivering taught modules and residential centres.
  • Range of topics to study in one location, from rivers, glaciation and geology to tourism, farming, rural history and sustainable development.
  • Fifteen locations around the UK to choose from.
  • Spectacular scenery to inspire students.

Step 2: Introducing National Parks in the classroom

On this website you will find film clips, photos, podcasts, downloadable activity sheets and background information about national parks, as well as links to the individual UK National Parks' websites. These are great pages for students to learn about national parks before or after your visit.

About National Parks - Pages for students to learn what national parks are, who looks after them, who lives in them and the challenges they face.

Resources - Activities and factsheets for teachers to use in the classroom

Step 3: Outdoor learning in national parks - where to start

There are several ways to explore the activities and opportunities national parks offer for you and your class.

Option 1:
Search our activity ideas. They include lesson plans for you to do in the classroom, outdoor activities to lead yourself, and outdoor activities that our education teams will run for you.

Option 2:
Look at our map to find out which national park you want to visit.
Contact the education service to ask for help and advice with activities that we can provide, or you can do yourself in the national park.

Step 4: Get in touch with the Education Services

Get in touch with our friendly education services for information on where to go and what to do, to book an activity run by us, or ideas for activities to run yourself. We can also help with advice on risk assessments, insurance, travel, accommodation and equipment.
Contact details for our Education Services

Step 5: Plan your visit

Our advice on planning a visit to a National Park including kit lists, insurance and health and safety.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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