North York Moors National Park Education Service
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What will students see and do?
The National Park Education Service offers a wide range of inspiring activities to help your pupils experience, understand and enjoy this special area.
Activities take place at The Moors National Park Centre and Sutton Bank Visitor Centre and last from an hour up to a full day. The team offers curriculum-linked activities led by National Park Education Service staff.
The outdoor learning opportunities here are the main attraction, making this a great choice for geography trips. Students can study a variety of landscapes, from the seashore and cliffs to moors and forests.
Primary students can go on woodland nature trails, learn map skills and do a farm walk. For secondary students, there are many day-long walks to choose from. Options include trips to Robin Hood Bay, White Horse and Stephenson’s Railway. Students can also go rock-pooling, find fossils and study rivers.
Older students can learn map skills, do fieldwork at the coast or learn about ecosystems. GCSE and A-Level students can spend from four hours to a full day in an outdoor learning setting, learning about heather, rivers and other habitats.
If your group features children with special needs, the team will work with you to adapt activities to suit.
Between September and April the team is happy to visit your school to deliver interactive classroom-based science activities for KS2 children. Contact the team to find out more.
Teaching resources provided
North York Moors National Park provides ideas for before and on the day of your outdoor learning trip. It also provides supplemental materials that you can take back to school to enhance future learning.
Before your trip, you can arrange for a Zoom session or assembly for your school to help students and fellow teachers become familiar with the park.
Minimum and maximum group size
The park recommends one adult per ten children. You may opt for more if you have special needs or very young children in your class. There will be one park leader per 30 children during the trip.
Most guided walks and seashore excursions are suitable for a maximum of 30 students per group.
Contact the park service if the number of children in your party changes before your trip – slight changes may need to be made to your programme.
Details of risk assessment
All groups are advised on proper footwear, clothing and things to pack for the trip. All staff carry a first aid kit, survival supplies and have a first aid qualification to ensure your students are safe.
Risk assessments for available activities can be found on the website.
Don't miss our downloadable A-Z guide on completing a risk assessment
The Moors National Park Centre features a main exhibition area, gift shop, art gallery and tea room. There are two classrooms available for school groups, one of which is wheelchair accessible via a lift.
Toilets are available but please note that these are also open to the public. Belongings can be stored in lockable cupboards.
Education activities take place within five minutes’ walk of the visitor centre.
Sutton Bank National Park Centre features a main exhibition area, gift shop, tea room, toilets and bike shop.
The nearby village of Robin Hood Bay offers lovely views of the coast, a museum and a historical fishing village to explore. Students can experience living things and their habitats while going rock-pooling in the bay.
Contact the team during office hours to arrange your visit.
The cost for primary students is as follows:
– Two-hour morning or afternoon session: £4.25 per pupil
– Short day session with time for lunch: £5.75 per pupil
– Full-day session: £6.75 per pupil
For secondary and tertiary students the price is:
– Two-hour morning or afternoon session: £6.50 per pupil
– Short day session with time for lunch: £8.50 per pupil
– Full-day session: £13 per pupil
Many activities are based at the visitor centres in Danby and Sutton Bank, while other take place at other locations in the park. Your activity location will be agreed with you on booking.
Coaches are able to park for free in both visitor centre car parks.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire
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