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Discover the New Forest

The sessions below are planned as half day sessions which can either be run on their own or you can combine two and visit us for a whole day.  If you are combining two sessions we recommend that wherever possible the walks happen in the afternoon.  Click on the session title to view the session objectives, outline and suggested itinerary.

Please note: all our sessions are based on a max number of 35 students.  If you wish to bring more students on the same day we can accommodate you by running separate sessions; we call this a Double Day.  Please contact us to find out more.

  • Verderers’ Court (role play) –  visit the Verderers Court and learn about the importance of the Court throughout history and how its role has evolved to its present format. Role play a court session where you make the decisions that would affect how the New Forest is run. 
    Suggested Key stages: 1,2,3,&4
  • Commoners of the New Forest (handling collection) - handle objects that are linked to commoning in the New Forest and work out what they are or what they could be used for.  Take part in our commoning trail in the Museum to find out more about this ancient way of life.  For this session your group will need to be divided into two separate activity groups.
    Suggested Key stages: 1&2
  • Nature Detectives (handling collection) – handle some of the Museum's nature artefacts and discover what lives in the New Forest area.  A chance to ask questions about the New Forest's amazing natural history.  Take part in our Museum Nature Trail to find out more about the New Forest and its various habitats.   For this session your group will need to be divided into two separate activity groups.
    Suggested Key stages: 1&2
  • Humans and the New Forest (walk) – Take a walk through different areas of the New Forest and explore what impact humans have had.  What human features can you see? Why are they there? Are the changes we have made good or bad for the New Forest?  Children can record all their thoughts and findings using dictaphones and digital cameras. For this session your group will need to be divided into five separate activity groups.
    Suggested Key stages: 1,2&3
  • Nature of the New Forest (walk) - using the digital data loggers children can explore different habitats that exist in the New Forest.  They can record their thoughts using dictaphones, what they see using the digital cameras as well as recording temperatures etc with the data loggers. All information that is recorded is then sent on to you to use for follow up work.  For this session your group will need to be divided into five separate activity groups.
    Suggested Key stages: 1,2&3
  • Tourism and Leisure in the New Forest (talk & debate) - Linking specifically with the GSCE syllabus' looking at tourism impacts in National Parks, the education team are delighted to offer a new session working in partnership with the National Park Authority.  The students have a PowerPoint presentation outlining a brief history of the New Forest and tourism facts and figures.  There is a chance to discuss and explore the impact of tourism on the local environment and the local population.  The second part of the day can then be spent carrying out fieldwork surveys supported by the National Park Authority Education Team.

Risk assessments for each of these visits can be found on the risk assessment page of this website. 
Please Note: these risk assessments are not complete for your visit.  They are produced to be used inconjunction with your own risk assessments.


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