Harcourt Arboretum Secondary Education Programme

Secondary Education Officer, Sarah Lloyd, welcomes groups to the Harcourt Arboretum throughout the year. Groups are welcome to arrange joint visits with the other museums and collections of the University, especially the Museum of Natural History.



Woodland Ecology at the Arboretum
Key Stage 5

Explore a variety of natural and managed environments: meadow, woodland, coppice and plantation. Discuss the concept of diversity and the impact of management strategies on diversity. Try out sampling techniques, collect data, calculate species diversity and make comparisons.


Art at the Arboretum
All key stages

There is a great deal of seasonal interest at the Arboretum and the most popular times to visit are late April for bluebells and October for autumn colour. The suggested length for a visit is between 1 and 2 hours.

On arrival at the Arboretum groups will be met. Students and teachers will be given a short introduction to the collection, told about the best places to work and the expectations of the Arboretum staff.

Teachers can choose to have a longer introduction to the collection in which students are told about the work of artists associated with each venue.

The Arboretum is a large site with diverse habitats. Students need to be supervised in small groups.