Learning at Durlston
Durlston is a superb outdoor classroom, with a wealth of opportunities to enhance the study of geography, science, history, art and much more.
Outdoor Learning on the Jurassic Coast
Whether bringing students face to face with Britain's biggest insect on a 'Mini-beast Safari', leading a discussion on balancing the needs of visitors and wildlife or exploring 'Life on the Edge' in one of the largest Guillemot colonies on the South Coast, the Rangers can offer students an unforgetable day.
The spectacular coastal scenery includes headlands and bays, sea defence works and coastal erosion, and - as a key Gateway to the World Heritage Site - a rich geological record as well as a unique Victorian legacy.
Durlston is a unique and inspiring site, offering a range of opportunities across the curriculum to bring learning to life.
Tailored to Meet Your Needs
The Rangers are pleased to work with teachers to tailor each session to your learning needs.
Visit the Castle
Cost: Free of charge
A great starting point for your visit, with interactive displays, up to date information, AV room, geology gallery, souvenirs and educational material. You must book your visit in advance.
Cost: £1–2 per child
Ranger-led sessions to discover the wonders of the area. There are 9 topics to choose from, all linked to the National Curriculum, and many have associated worksheets for follow-up work.
Please note, all Discovery
Further information on Discovery Sessions .
Discovery Through Observation
Cost: £15 per session (1 hour)
Hire the observation hide overlooking the Wildlife Area at the Learning Centre.
The hide is reached through the Visitor Centre and provides a great chance to observe wildlife at close quarters. A great base to begin your exploration of Durlston.
Worksheets, binoculars and reference books are available.
Includes a 10 minute introduction from a Ranger.
There's a Lobster in My Classroom!
Cost: 2 weeks £5 or 4 weeks £10
Marine education pack for the classroom
Treasure chests full of information and useful props for an underwater voyage of discovery. The teacher's notes help you to plan sessions.
Cost: £1 each (discounts for large orders)
Full of amazing facts, puzzles and investigative questions encouraging children to explore their surroundings. Linked to the National Curriculum.
(The activity books follow the Clifftop and Woodland trails.)
Durlston Management Plan CD
An invaluable resource for educators and students studying Countryside Management, Environmental Science or Geography and Tourism at GCSE level, or higher.
Includes the Durlston Management Plan, Biodiversity Management Plan and an introduction to key issues and conflicts, with points for discussion.
An ideal companion to the 'Country Park Management on a World Heritage Site' Discovery Session.
Cost: Trail leaflets 25p each
A good way to explore Durlston on your own is to follow one of the trails; Woodland, Wildlife and Clifftop (there is also the Victorian Trail that starts in Swanage and follows the coastpath up to Durlston). Each trail is clearly waymarked and has an associated leaflet highlighting various points of interest to be seen along the route.
Local Schools Programme
No-charge projects with local schools have included:
Assisting with wildlife surveys
Producing displays and artwork
Practical conservation work
Trialling new Discovery Sessions.
If your school is within the Purbeck area, get in touch to find out how your students can get involved with projects at Durlston.
Important: Booking your visit to Durlston is essential, even if you only intend to visit the Park or follow the trails.
For further information please contact the Rangers on 01929 424443. We look forward to hearing from you.
Durlston Country Park,
Dorset BH19 2JL
Phone and Fax: (01929) 424443