Category Archives: Resources

Posts that focus on resources available to support learning in and around the New Forest, before, during and after visits

Show the Love: Guest Blog

Show the Love and Collect Stories for the Tree Charter this February


The Woodland Trust are nearing the end of story gathering for the Tree Charter campaign! You have until the end of February 2017 to add your voice to the Charter for Trees, Woods and People to tell us why you value your trees and woods.

Therefore we are having one last big push until the end of February, and are working with The Climate Coalition, a Tree Charter partner organisation, to collect tree stories and raise awareness of the issues of climate change for trees. This year, the Climate Coalition is producing a special Tree Charter story gathering resource, as part of their wider campaign. You can take part with your school or community group. Why not run an event during the week 6-12th February? (although you can run an event at any time as long as we receive your tree story hearts by the end of February!). Continue reading Show the Love: Guest Blog

New members in the Learning Lab!


paultons-park-mini-beastWith a heavy focus now on biology in the National Curriculum (with a particular emphasis on animal adaptation, classification and habitats) the Education team welcomed a range of new inhabitants into the Learning Lab. This allowed the Paultons team to create a new workshop and offer a memorable experience for visitors.


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360° of sky and sea

It’s a great tradition to march a group of students half way along Hurst Spit, come rain or shine. The experience of the wind in your face and trudging through shingle is a memorable one. So much so that the concept of a “depositional feature” or “longshore drift” will hopefully wedge in between those physical memories somewhere. I took the photo above on one such windy day, and if it seems odd, it’s because I used a THETA 360° camera to capture left, right, up, down and behind me. Continue reading 360° of sky and sea

Teacher Training at Rockbourne Roman Villa

Rockbourne Roman Villa is a unique opportunity for schools to discover life in Roman Britain and now we are offering teachers the chance to develop their knowledge and practical skills to bring the subject to life inside and outside the classroom.

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Wildlife TV Treats

Happy 10th Birthday to the New Forest National Park. The traditions of the New Forest go back over 900 years, but we’re still proud to celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a National Park. Why not use this great local news to find out about the purposes of National Parks in the UK.

Simon King New Forest National Park Video 1As a special birthday treat, we’re delighted to share three short wildlife films presented by Simon King (of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary fame). They also make a handy introduction to three of the main habitats of the New Forest, especially if you’re planning some science and ecology work for next term. Or why not listen to Simon’s passionate, well informed commentary and try some persuasive writing of your own.

Simon said: “Ever since I was a child, the New Forest has held an unparalleled magic for me. The remarkable mix of ancient, natural and human history is a compelling cocktail for all lovers of the outdoors.”

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Add Some Whiz Bang to Your School?

This article highlights one of the stories in Soldiers’ Journey,  a multi-venue exhibition exploring Hampshire’s unique contribution to the First World War, and offers ideas how to celebrate these in your school.

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A few words from the wise

Last Saturday we enjoyed a soggy yet inspiring morning of geography fieldwork at Hatchet Pond, with experts on hand to show us the links between the classroom and the workplace.

Hampshire Geographical Association teachers' day Outdoor ClassroomOver 20 staff and committee members from Hampshire Geographical Association were joined by professionals, Dr Naomi Ewald from the Freshwater Habitats Trust and Julie Melin-Stubbs from the New Forest Land Advice Service to discuss and discover the  opportunities offered by research in to diffuse pollution in the New Forest. The day was co-ordinated by education staff from New Forest National Park Authority, and involved a mixture of experts talks, practical surveying and water testing, and a chance to discuss and share ideas of how to use this case study in the classroom. Continue reading A few words from the wise