Here at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, we offer education sessions for primary schools. These sessions are curriculum-based and can be adapted to meet the needs of teachers and of the group. The sessions can be half or full days at locations across the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
We offer the following sessions, all of which can be adapted to meet the needs of the teachers and the group;
Key Stage 1:
- A Woodland Adventure: investigate the trees and animals found in woodlands and enjoy some craft based activities.
- A Farm visit.
Key Stage 2:
- A Woodland investigation: explore our beautiful woodlands and learn to identify trees and plants, discover all about seed dispersal and how we can look after woodland habitats.
- A River investigation (April – October): carry out some basic fieldwork to identify changes along the course of a river. Identify river features and processes.
- Landscape detectives, including investigating rocks and/or soils: Discover how the geology of the Dales has formed our landscape and complete the rock detectives workshop. Organise your own visit to a quarry or show-cave to extend the learning experience.
- Farming for sustainability: visit a farm in the Dales to find out how it functions and how farmers are changing what they do to farm more sustainably, enhancing biodiversity.
- Discovering meadows: carrying out a meadow survey, identifying plants and butterflies, and exploring the importance of biodiversity.
- Peat protectors: understanding the importance of upland peatlands as carbon stores and their role in combatting climate change through a range of practical activities.
- Managing tourism in the Yorkshire Dales: carrying out a range of human geography fieldwork, such as questionnaires and land use mapping.
- Well-being sessions: connecting with nature, practical conservation, map reading, navigation and bushcraft skills.
Most of our supported group sessions and supported residentials are free, we loan waterproofs and we have a small transport fund to help with the costs of visits. We plan sessions to meet the needs of the group and welcome groups from all backgrounds.
The Dales Countryside Museum offers history-based sessions at the centre in Hawes.
Classroom-based or online sessions: (Up to 2 hours)
- An introduction to National Parks: Why were National Parks formed and what do they aim to do?
- What is special about the Yorkshire Dales National Park?
- Managing visitors to the Yorkshire Dales: What is the impact of visitors? Malham as a honeypot village. The causes and solutions to footpath erosion
- Rock and/or soil detectives workshop (for schools within or close to the YDNP): Through practical activities, children learn about the formation and characteristics of different types of rocks and the key features of our limestone landscape. For soils, children explore the composition of the soil, soil profiles and the properties of different soil types. This is a messy hands-on activity!
Resources and training
There are a range of education resources to support teachers with classroom delivery on National Parks and planning educational visits to the Yorkshire Dales.
We work with teachers across a small number of Ambassador schools upskilling teachers, supporting curriculum planning and helping to develop centres of good practice. These Ambassador Schools can then share their knowledge and skills with other schools and support them in improving the quality and breadth of their provision.
You can see our outdoor learning flyer – here in a PDF format.