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Parks and Countryside education programme

The Parks and Countryside Service provides education in ‘the outdoor classroom’ for thousands of school children every year.

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We are now taking bookings for our annual autumn seed gathering events for schools. The aim of these events is to educate children about the wonderful world of woodlands whilst collecting seeds to grow into trees for planting around Leeds in the future.

Seed gathering sessions take place mid-October at a range of sites including Roundhay and Middleton parks.

For more information open the ‘Seed Gathering 2014’ letter in the Documents section of this page.


Interactive guided tours
Parks and Countryside staff provide sessions for school groups themed around all aspects of the local environment, focussing mainly on nature​, wildlife and history.

Outdoor education sessions popular with schools include learning about the Tudors at Temple Newsam farm, pond dipping at Middleton Park and bug hunting at Otley Chevin and they are all linked to various aspects of the primary school curriculum.

Education sessions are available in parks, woodlands and nature reserves across the city.

Visiting our animal collections
Guided tours and interactive activities themed around our animal collections are available at:

  • Temple Newsam, Home Farm
  • Lotherton Hall bird garden
  • Pudsey Park Visitor Centre

Tropical World
To book a self-guided class visit to Tropical World, download the booking form attached in the documents section and return to the email address at the bottom of the form.

There is also a Tropical World education pack you can download for free from this page to guide you around the attraction.

Historical re-entactment at Temple Newsam farm
Some of our most popular education sessions involve historical re-enactment at Temple Newsam, Home Farm. Dress up and find out what it was like to live in Anglo Saxon or Tudor times for a day!  For more information on the Anglo-Saxon sessions, check out the teachers’ pack in the documents section of this page. 


Field trips 
Find out more about the history and wildlife of a park, nature reserve or woodland near you by booking a visit for your class with one of the Countryside Rangers. The Rangers run a variety of half day sessions for school classes including pond dipping, wildlife watching, bug hunting, seed gathering, guided walks and tree trails.

Education sessions are available on any suitable green space within walking distance of your school but groups often go the extra mile to visit some of the following popular sites:

 

  • Chevin Forest Park
  • Middleton park and woods
  • Golden Acre park
  • Billy Woods in Kippax
  • The Meanwood Valley
  • Temple Newsam
  • Lotherton Hall
  • Roundhay Park

Redhall Plant Nursery
Staff from our plant nursery are available to lead tours around the nursery in the main growing season from April to May. With over 3 million plants being grown there every year, it’s definitely worth a look! School visits to the Nursery can also include planting seeds for your class to take away and grow on.

Young plants, including food plants, are available to buy from our plant nursery at Redhall at competitive prices.

Nursery staff are also available to visit your school and give advice on your school grounds.

Self-guided visits and teacher’s packs
Teachers who are interested in self-guided visits can access free education packs for Lotherton Hall, Temple Newsam and Tropical World. 

There is also a new education pack available describing the war experiences of factory workers in East Leeds (the 'Barnbow Lasses pack').

These packs can be found as documents to download from this page.

To book a visit or for more information, contact our Education Officer at parks@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 3367559.

Parkswatch
The Parkswatch team that patrol green spaces on motorcycles are available to visit school fairs with their bikes and other equipment to chat about what they do. The visits are very popular as children get to sit on the motorbikes and have their photographs taken! This service is free.

Further information

For further information please see the leaflet entitled ‘Outdoor Education Leaflet’ in the documents section of this page or email us using contact us or parkseducation@leeds.gov.uk​ 

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