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Learning Programme for Schools

Outdoor Learning Workshops at Upton Country Park


Learning Objectives:

Designed for KS1 and 2 pupils studying habitats and environments and the wildlife found within them. Pupils will use environmental methods to collect and observe minibeasts with the use of magnifying glasses, magnification pots and pooters. Pupils also take part in pond-dipping to examine the wildlife within a pond.

For KS1 pupils - please download the KS1 workshop outline for further details (pdf)

For KS2 pupils - please download the KS2 workshop outline for further details (pdf)

In association with Poole Museum Learning Service

With over 100 acres of woodland, parkland and award-winning

gardens on the harbour’s edge, Upton Country Park offers a wide

range of habitats to explore; it is a fantastic space for safe, inspiring environmental learning.

In association with Poole Museum, we are now offering outdoor learning and historically themed educational workshops for schools, delivered by experienced staff from the Museum. All workshops link to the National Curriculum for 2014.

On-site facilities include:

Looking at Plants & Trees

Learning Objectives:

A workshop that aims to encourage younger children to look more closely at everyday plants and trees. In groups, pupils will find, look at and identify different types of trees and plants around the country park. They will also look at the effect of the seasons on the plants that grow..

Outdoor Art

Learning Objectives:

Using the inspiring natural surroundings of Upton Country Park this workshop will encourage children to explore a variety of techniques for image making using natural materials. Pupils will also learn about artists who have been inspired by nature.

Who Eats What?

Learning Objectives:

Ideal for classes that are learning about food chains and food webs. Find out more about the abimals that live in the park, the food they eat and the habitats they live in.

Mapping Skills

Learning Objectives:

A workshop that aims to develop children’s understanding of maps and directions in a varied outdoor setting. Pupils will practice map-reading and compass-reading skills in the grounds of the park using maps and plans to identify key landmarks.

Team Building Skills

Learning Objectives:

This workshop includes a range of outdoor challenges designed to encourage team-work. Pupils will learn how to communicate, co-operate and work together to solve problems and learn survival skills. Ideal for Key Stage 2 classes as part of PSHE work.

Workshop Bookings

Our educational activities are very popular, especially during the summer months, so we recommend you book workshops at least a term in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

Bookings will include a one-to-one planning meeting.

Please read our Information for Education Visits notes prior to booking, and complete and return to us the Booking Enquiry Form highlighting your requirements (downloads available above).

We will match your needs as closely as possible.

The weather was perfect, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the activities fitted in perfectly with our topic.

Class teacher

Baden Powell and St Peter’s Junior School

on the Mapping Skills workshop

The Cabin is accessed via a ramp and the Park has a network of hard surfaced wheelchair friendly footpaths. Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms.


Information for Education Visits

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Booking enquiries


Tel: 01202 262628


I am just writing to say a big thank you for organising our Year 1 school trip to Upton Country Park last week. The staff, parents and children thoroughly enjoyed the Minibeast workshop and please could you pass on a big thank you to Lucy [the Learning Activity Leader] and her team who were great with the children and made sure the days ran smoothly. The weather was perfect, the games went down well (particularly the Woolly Worms) and they even managed to find creatures during the bug hunts and pond dipping. I think they were worn out by the end and had lots to talk about when they got back!

Year 1 team

Lilliput Infant School

on the Minibeasts workshop

We had a lovely time! The children were very enthusiastic and got stuck right in with all the activities … fabulous, knowledgeable teacher - the story was brilliant and really had the children engaged. They loved it! I thought the tree finding game with the blindfolds was also brilliant fun and the children loved it. Did very well considering the weather was not on our side.

Class Teacher

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

on the Looking for Plants & Trees workshop

Booking Enquiry Form

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Booking enquiries


Tel: 01202 262628