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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. ​For further information please see the leaflet entitled Outdoor Education Leaflet in the Documents section of this page or email us using the Contact Us or parkseducation@leeds.gov.uk

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.

Group of children in a park 

Outdoor education sessions popular with schools include learning about the Anglo-Saxons 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

children at tropical world
To book a self-guided class visit to Tropical World, download the booking form 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. You can find the pack in the Documents section of this page.


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 sessions, check out the Anglo-Saxons - 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 Children planting in school grounds3 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.

Find out more by visiting the Parks and Countryside Nursery in Related pages

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 four part education pack available describing the war experiences of factory workers in East Leeds, known as the Barnbow Lasses. 

These packs can be found in the Documents section of this page.

To book a visit or for more information, contact our Education Officer at parks@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 336 7559.


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. Visit our Parkswatch page in Related Pages for more details.

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