We have been working hard to reopen our educational visits programme to ensure we offer you the best possible service and ensure we are Covid-19 secure. During the Summer term 2021 we will be offering a limited range of filed visits as well as some new outreach and online offers. We will be following government advice as to when we are able to fully open or educational service, please keep an eye on our website for more information.
- Pre-visit guidance COVID (439KB)
The document above outlines all the essential information you need before, during and after your visit.
- Risk assessment COVID-19 secure (248KB)
The above new COVID-19 secure Risk Assessment outlines how our visits will be COVID-safe. This is in addition to our usual Educational Visits Risk Assessment found on our Health and Safety page. Please take the time to read through these risk assessments carefully before creating your own risk assessments for your visit.
- 2m social distancing should be maintained between school ‘bubble’ and our staff/volunteer.
- All lessons will be fully outdoors, there will be no indoor space available apart from access to toilet facilities. Please ensure all students and adults come with appropriate outdoor clothing.
- Please provide each child with a pencil and clipboard to reduce equipment sharing.
- Group may want to bring additional hand sanitiser.
- Some lessons may vary on the day to usual routes or activities. This is being done to reduce potential pinch points with the wider public and to reduce the need for equipment sharing.
Educational visits will take place almost entirely outside, and the use of equipment will be limited. Size of groups will be limited to either one “bubble group” or one class size (whichever is less) for KS2 and up to 50 students from the same bubble for KS4 & 5. Sites may not be operating every day due to staffing please see the summer 2021 enquiry form for details.
The following programmes will be available:
- NEW - FREE online talks and learning experiences, see below for more information
- Nature Discovery (KS1) - available at Longdendale Environmental Classroom and Macclesfield Forest, May onwards
- Explore Rivers (KS2) – available at Crowden and Macclesfield Forest
- Explore Rocks & Soils (KS2) – available at Macclesfield Forest
- Explore Habitats (KS2) - available at Macclesfield Forest and Longdendale Environmental Classroom
- Limestone Grassland Ecology (A level Biology) - Available at Cavedale in Castleton and other Dales, June and July only.
- Hydrology & Fluvial Geomorphology GCSE – available at Goyt and Crowden. No longer available in Edale
Please note changes to hydrology: The PDNP Learning team will no longer be running fieldwork visits from Edale visitor's centre. Essentially this means they will not be running any of the GCSE Hydrology days from the sites of Grindsbrook and Golden Clough. The River Noe site is on private land and is no longer available for use.
More information on individual sites on the Learning Centres and Sites page.
All other programmes will remain suspended for the present. We are not currently offering EYFS field visits. Our charges for field visits remain the same.
Please note our minimum charges for small groups.
Learning in your setting
For those groups who do not feel able to make a visit to us, but would still like to benefit from the expertise of our delivery staff, we will be offering visits to your school setting. This will be available for KS2. Sessions available will include An Introduction to National Parks and Climate Change.
NEW! FREE Online Learning!
We are pleased to offer a NEW programme of online learning to support schools, available for FREE for the summer term!
- Online Education Sessions – These FREE 45 minute sessions bring the National Park to your classroom, with live input from our Learning & Discovery Rangers. Covering a range of curriculum-linked topics, we can host these sessions on WebEx, or we can join you on your preferred platform. The sessions are aimed at KS2. See details of the sessions available for summer 2021 (1.2MB)
- "Ask the Ranger" – Q & A or talks with one of our Learning & Discovery rangers, based around a subject of your choice and open to all ages. These online talks with opportunity for your students to pose questions can by up to 45min and could be on a range of topics such as rivers, habitats, tourism, national parks, carbon and water cycles. Please contact us for more information. Ask the Ranger Teacher's Notes (513KB)
- Doorstep Discovery Day - If you would like an all-day learning experience, our Online ‘Doorstep Discovery’ day for KS2 offers online input from our Learning & Discovery team, as well as access to online resources to help you explore the habitat around your school, and learn why national parks are important. This is a day of activity with up to 2h online input from our team. Doorstep Discovery Teacher's Notes (522KB)
- Online lesson plans, resources and videos for you to access in school. Please see our recourses for teachers page on our website
- NEW 2021 National Parks UK resources. These are a set of new downloadable activities and lesson plans designed by a leading educational expert to grow school knowledge about one of the UK’s greatest cultural assets, our family of National Parks
- COMING SOON - A ‘Climate Change Challenge’ learning day for KS2, inspiring children to take climate action and learning how green spaces can be a secret weapon!
CPD for Teachers and Educators
To support the government guidance that "schools should also make use of outdoor spaces in the local area to support delivery of the curriculum", we are able to offer CPD for helping to develop outdoor learning in your setting. We are also hoping to run online CPD sessions. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements