Natural England - Moor House-Upper Teesdale: school and community groups

Moor House-Upper Teesdale: school and community groups

Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve offers exciting and engaging outdoor learning opportunities.

Using a microscope to look at minibeasts © Natural England
  • Activity sessions for school or community groups led by our Community Outreach Advisor

  • Spectacular habitats to explore

  • Curriculum linked sessions

  • Equipment such as minibeast pots and binoculars available for use on site

Primary school visits

Sessions are linked to the curriculum and support the Every Child Matters agenda and Learning outside the Classroom initiative. Biodiversity work can be credited towards the Eco School award scheme. The emphasis will be on enjoying the natural environment whilst learning about it.

All the activities can be adapted to suit the particular needs of the children and tailored to your schemes of work.

At present this is a free service however a donation towards the Reserve would be very welcome.

Schools programme: (249kb)pdf document

Secondary school visits

Sessions can be designed to complement the programmes that the students are studying. Please contact the Community Outreach Adviser to discuss activities.

Youth Hostel accommodation is available near both the Teesdale (Langdon Beck) and Eden Valley (Dufton) parts of the Reserve.

At present this is a free service however a donation towards the Reserve would be very welcome.

Schools programme: (249kb)pdf document

Youth group visits

Young people can take part in Badge and Award work or practical conservation sessions at Moor House-Upper Teesdale NNR. Activities can be adapted to suit the particular ages and needs of the children.

Our aim is to help young people to experience the natural environment in a positive way, to learn about it, come to respect it and importantly to enjoy it and have fun!

At present this is a free service however a donation towards the Reserve would be very welcome.

Camping and Youth Hostel facilities available nearby.

Group visits: (119kb)pdf document

Adult group visits

These are welcome; please contact us to discuss your visit. A volunteer Green Guide or member of staff will be able to accompany your visit or to introduce the area to your group – please book ahead so this can be arranged.

At present this is a free service however a donation towards the Reserve would be very welcome.

Group visits: (119kb)pdf document

Practical information

  • Facilities: We offer an outdoor experience so warm, wind and waterproof clothing and footwear is vital in autumn, winter and spring. In the summer months they may well be needed too, but a sun hat and sun cream protection will possibly be needed as well.

  • Toilets: At High Force carpark and Bowlees carpark.

  • Health and safety: It is the schools/group leaders responsibility to ensure adequate pupil or young person: adult ratios, with appropriate CRB checks in place for adults on the visit. Moor House-Upper Teesdale NNR Outreach staff and volunteers all have CRB checks and first aid training. A first aid kit will be available.

    The lead teacher/group leader should have access to all the young person’s permission/contact/health details, but any relevant health issues, e.g. wasp sting allergies, should be made know to the Outreach Adviser in advance.

    Although an activity programme can be arranged over the phone or by e-mail, a teacher/leader pre-visit to the NNR is recommended to gain a clear understanding of the site and establish the objectives of the visit. A risk assessment for the visit will be sent out to school/group once the itinerary is finalised.

  • Access: Some routes are easy access routes and can be negotiated by wheelchair users. An all terrain wheelchair suitable for KS2 pupils is available to borrow from the local Durham County Council Centre in Middleton, if advance notice is given. Please discuss mobility issues with the Outreach Adviser.

  • Directions: Meeting points in Teesdale can be Cow Green Reservoir carpark, High Force Carpark or Bowlees layby. The meeting point In the Eden valley is the Reserve entrance on the radar road above Knock village – approximately 4 miles north of Appleby.

  • How to book: for more information or to book a school/group session please contact Heather McCarty on 01833 622374, or e-mail heather.mccarty@naturalengland.org.uk