education sessions

Visit the unique Dorset Heaths and take part in one of our hands-on, discovery-based learning experiences

Book free, experiential learning in one of our unique heathland nature reserves.

  • For all Primary/Secondary Key Stages including EYFS, GCSE and A-level
  • Outdoor nature-based experiences and field trips led by expert, qualified staff
  • School visits, assemblies and lessons in school grounds also available

Reception, Key Stage 1 & 2

  • Sensory exploration of the heath
  • Plants & animals of the heath
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Exploring the heath
  • Geographical skills & fieldwork
  • Investigating a local place
  • Expressive arts and design in nature

Key Stage 3

GCSE & A-Level Fieldwork sessions

  • Biodiversity
  • Succession
  • Fieldwork techniques for coursework
  • A-level Geography – Wildfire and its impacts

Book free, experiential learning on one of our unique heathland nature reserves by filling in the details below.

  • Outdoor, nature-based experiences led by expert, qualified staff
  • Field trips, outreach, school visits and virtual lessons

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What our schools say…

Thank you for your work with our students today. They were absolutely buzzing about what they had learnt and found in the nature area when I saw them at lunchtime. One of our students, who doesn’t always find classroom learning easy, spent 10 minutes enthusiastically telling me the difference between grasshoppers and crickets.

Teachers, Lockyers Middle School

Taking children off site is sometimes a huge challenge but you and your staff made this so much easier today.
All of our children had such an amazing experience today. Thank you

Y3 LKS2 Lead Kinson Academy

Sarah and her team at Dorset Heaths Partnership led our students on a fantastic morning visit to Canford Heath. They had planned various activities to help our students understand the biodiversity on the heath and the importance of looking after their local area. The students were fully engaged in looking at the very rare species on the heath (sundew, silver studded blue butterfly, and heather) and learnt how to use a quadrat, working scientifically to sample the species of plants.

One student commented on how lucky they were to have the opportunity to visit the heath and to do all the various activities.

Another student commented how they had been to the heath many times but didn’t realise so many different plants and species lived there. They now wanted to bring family members back to the heath to point these out.

A third student commented on how they were interested in a career in conservation as a result of their visit.

vice principal, Magna Academy secondary school

“We have been working closely with the Dorset Heaths Partnership for a few years now and they are brilliant and have brought learning about our neighbouring Talbot Heath to life. We have done many sessions on Talbot Heath with Lisa and Sarah, most recently to help the children observe seasonal change by visiting once in the Autumn and then again in the Summer. The children have really enjoyed these visits and learnt so much. Lisa and Sarah plan and deliver engaging and informative activities for the children to take part in that keeps them listening and learning throughout! The children have made pongy potions from heathland plants, used of all their senses to experience life on the Heath and played games to help them understand about the creatures who call the heathland their home. We have been really impressed with the questions the children have been inspired to ask whilst on the Heath and when back at school. We would highly recommend seeing what the Dorset Heaths Partnership can do to help you!”

Teacher, Bishop Aldhelms C of E Primary School