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We are on a mission to enthuse Key Stage 1 & 2 students across London about the wonders of the invertebrate world.

During term-time we deliver free and discounted curriculum-linked KS1 & 2 sessions for non-fee-paying schools, uncovering the hidden world of invertebrates in London’s Royal Parks and beyond.

Our Mission: Invertebrate sessions are available across the Royal Parks. Sessions at Hyde Park are based at The LookOut Discovery Centre, our unique eco-friendly building nestled in an acre of safely enclosed grounds in the heart of the park. We also work with learning partners, the Field Studies Council, to offer sessions at The Regent's Park, Greenwich Park and Bushy Park, and The Holly Lodge Centre to offer sessions at Richmond Park.

Session Synopsis

Enter the magical miniature world of minibeasts in this fun and practical session. Explore park habitats and identify, name and classify the invertebrates found in them. Consider the roles invertebrates play in food chains, pollination and recycling – and observe some of them in action!

Our full or half day KS1 & 2 sessions are delivered by experienced, DBS checked, first aid trained environmental educators with LOTC quality badges.

We have a range of engaging activities to suit the weather all year round and all teaching resources are provided, so you just need to bring your students and some lunch if you’re planning on picnicking in the park.

Last year, 100% of visiting teachers rated our sessions 5 out of 5.

‘Great activities - had the children actively moving and exploring whilst learning at the same time.’

‘Everything was clearly modelled and explained.’

‘Very well organised, a well-cared for learning environment.’

- feedback from teachers

Bringing the world of invertebrates to your school hall – for free

If you’d like a little taste of what to expect before booking, we can also come to you. Giant invertebrate models bring the wow factor and large-scale demonstrations and mass participation makes this hour-long interactive KS2 assembly great for large groups. During the assembly, students will learn about invertebrates, be introduced to the important jobs they do and the threats faced by invertebrates today.

Please get in touch directly by emailing Kirsty Garland, Mission: Invertebrate Learning Officer, at kgarland@royalparks.org.uk if you would like us to visit.

How to book

On the booking enquiry form/email, please quote ‘Mission: Invertebrate’. Please include information about the school stage and year of the students you plan to bring.

For Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and The Green Park, please use The Royal Parks enquiry form.

For Bushy Park, Greenwich Park and The Regent’s Park, please use the Field Studies Council webpage.

Sessions for SEND students are available at Richmond Park. Please use the Holly Lodge Centre enquiry form.

If you have any other questions about Mission: Invertebrate’s work with schools, please get in touch with Kirsty at kgarland@royalparks.org.uk.

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