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Rocks and Soils

A journey back in time to the Carboniferous period of geological history. Students will identify and classify rocks, through observations and testing rock properties. Offering students a real-life experience visiting an old or working quarry site, searching for how the rocks are used in the local landscape, enhancing their understanding of rock formation and uses. The cycle will be complete using fieldwork techniques to discover the development of soil over time.

Suitable for: KS2

Availability: Late February - November

Duration: 10:00 - 14:30

Location: Offered at Macclesfield Forest, Longdendale, and Moorland Discovery Centre. For coach directions and meeting place, please see directions to our sites on the Learning Centres and Sites page.

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How to book Rocks and Soils call 01629 816373 or email

To book at the Moorland Discovery Centre call 01433 637907 or email

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