School trip to the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast is a Walk Through Time
With its rocks and fossils we can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past. Through its landslides, cliffs and beaches we can learn about the natural processes that formed the coast and continue to shape the world today.
The layers of sedimentary rock along the Jurassic Coast can be read like a book. They reveal the history of Earth across 185 million years and form a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Exploring this immense story takes us on a walk through time across deserts, tropical seas, ancient forests and lush swamps, recorded in rock and laid out along the 95 mile stretch of coast between Exmouth in East Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset.
It is a site of outstanding international importance for Earth Science. For this reason the Dorset and East Devon Coast – the Jurassic Coast – was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.
School Field Visits
Whether it is for a day trip or a residential stay, bringing your educational group to the Jurassic Coast is a great way to learn about the stories of past environments and inspirational people. Visiting the coast is an unforgettable learning experience for any group. There are plenty of locations across Dorset and East Devon offering a wide range of field visit programmes. Contact centres or museums directly to discuss your field visit requirements.
Schools Outreach Programme
The Big Jurassic Classroom is proud to partner with the Wide Horizons Townsend Centre in Swanage to deliver an inspirational and engaging schools outreach programme. Both organisations share an ambition to educate and inspire all, especially young people, and have been working in partnership to create a new type of learning experience that will engage a younger generation with the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site.
Based in Swanage at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, the Townsend Centre is a field studies centre operated by Wide Horizons, a charity that champions adventure and outdoor learning as a way to support learning and development in children and young people. Wide Horizons delivers a range of activities for all age groups of school children, from day centre nature experiences for primary school children, to adventurous activities for older children and young people. Many of these are linked to curriculum topics and can be adapted to suit learning objectives and goals.
The Townsend Centre works with groups from Early Years Foundation Stage all the way through to Higher Education, including special schools. Their extensive residential offer includes education packages that are cross curricular in approach:
- Science mini-beasts, pond/river dipping, habitats, rock pooling, salt marshes, micro-climates, forensics.
- Geography coasts, rivers, contrasting localities, geomorphology, rebranding.
- Art paper making, pottery, environmental art.
- PE orienteering, route finding.
- History Victorians, WWII, mine exploration.
- D&T shelter building, survival skills.
- Adventure kayaking, archery, ropes courses, mountain biking, abseiling and camping.
Through the special partnership with the Townsend Centre, school groups in the South and South West region can also opt for an Outdoor Education Instructor to come out and deliver Jurassic Coast learning sessions in their school. These sessions generally cover:
- Fossils of the Jurassic Coast
- Dinosaurs of the South coast
- Rocks and their stories
In their Big Jurassic Classroom workshops, children will meet their experienced Palaeontologist and be able to handle real fossils and take part in investigative science based activities. Their school workshops are priced upon request and can be directly booked with the Townsend Centre on 01929 422448 or firstname.lastname@example.org