Dorset Heaths Education Visits and Activities
The Urban Heaths Partnership (UHP) offers free educational activities and information to schools through talks or visits to local heathland sites. Education is a core strand of our work and an agreed education programme has been established working with schools near to heathland sites.
The agreed education programme focuses on two priority messages:
The importance of heathlands due to their wildlife and biodiversity
The consequences of heathland fires to wildlife and community
These messages are delivered through inspiring experiential, discovery learning connecting learners to the natural world and encouraging them to observe, explore and ask questions about living things and the environment around them.
Experiential, discovery based learning
Curriculum linked activities with an opportunity for follow up work
Friendly and knowledgeable staff
Health and Safety information relevant to the activities and site
Whilst the schools are shut due to the coronavirus, we’ve created some activities that you can do at home, to help you discover more about the heaths and its inhabitants.
Access the Learning Resources here
What We Do
Heath visits encourage an understanding of the history and ecology of the local area and an appreciation of the importance of heathlands.
We can also offer elements of the sessions at your school or in school grounds.
Activities are led by the UHP Education Team and are linked to the National Curriculum through a wide range of subjects. The Dorset Dogs session is delivered by the UHP Education Officer and Dorset Dogs Officer.
Thank you for enabling us to have a wonderful experience exploring Kinson common with you yesterday. My children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were able to retell their experiences in detail once we had returned to school. I felt that you aimed the experience at the level of the children really well and you judged their levels of concentration very well too. The activities were informative and exciting which made the visit a pleasure. They were suitably worn out when we got back to school but are still talking about it this morning.
We shall definitely be booking again next year.
A huge thank you for today from all of my students.
I have been round their Form Times during lunch today and they were buzzing – loving the theatrics, laughing over each others’ performances and… discussing the heaths which is clearly the main aim!
Beaver Scouts Leader
I would just like to say a very big Thank You for the fascinating and engaging talk and activities you gave to our Beavers last night. They really enjoyed the evening and the activities were the perfect mix of fun and facts! I think it is fair to say that myself and the other adults learnt a lot too about the very unique habitat we have right on our doorstep. Many thanks for all the preparation and hard work you put into the evening.