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Explore Nature for Key Stage 2 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

KS2 Science Activities

Thinking Like Darwin NEW FOR 2017

Discover through hands-on activities and investigation how Darwin observed that different animals have adapted to their environment and how this can lead to evolution.
Curriculum Links: Science - Evolution and inheritance
Available: All year
Maximum group size: 70  
Price: See standard charges below   


Action for Sustainability

Conduct a Sustainability survey, explore renewable energy technology through hands-on experiments and debate the impact of these technologies on the landscape. Take a pledge to make your own lifestyle more sustainable. For more information click here.
Curriculum Links: Geography, Science
Availability: All year
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard charges below
Time needed: An absolute minimum of 3 1/2 hours is needed on site for this activity.

Rocks and Soils

Take a GPS-led walk visiting different rocks and, using hands-on activities, learn about Shropshire’s geological history by creating volcanoes and landslides and piecing together a planet earth puzzle. Get your hands dirty doing a soil investigation.
Curriculum Links: Science - Rocks Yr3, Geography
Availability: March - November.
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard charges below.

From Seed to Plant

Take a flowering plant through its left cycle while having fun solving problems on such subjects as requirements for growth, the functions of different parts of the plant and seed dispersal.
Curriculum Links: Science - Plants Yr3
Availability: May - July
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard charges below

Dinner Time

Discover a new underwater world while pond dipping or use forensic evidence to find out what owls eat! Whether prey, predator or producer, our food chain games provide fun for all participants.
Curriculum Links: Science - Animals, including humans Yr3 & 4
Availability: March - November
Maximum group size: 35 for pond dipping option, 70 if you choose to examine owl pellets
Price: For pond dipping £120 + Vat, for owl pellets see standard charges

Pond vs Meadow

Compare and contrast invertebrates found in pond and meadow habitats, while investigating either classification or adaptation.
Curriculum Links: Science - Living things and their habitats Yr4 & 6, Evolution and Adaptation Yr6
Availability: March - November.
Maximum group size: 54.
Price: £120 + VAT for groups of up to 35, £240 + VAT for groups of 36 to 54.

Forest school outing - A grand day out

If you run a forest school in your own grounds, we can organise a bespoke session here for you with fantastic new environment to explore. The number of children will affect the type of activities we can offer. 
Maximum group size: 70
Cost: See standard charges below 

Secret Hills Exhibition

Take a fascinating journey through Shropshire’s past: meet a mammoth, explore an Iron Age roundhouse and take off with our film panorama that drifts across the local landscape like a hot air balloon. Focus tasks will also challenge the children during their time in the exhibition.
Free to any school booking a led activity, otherwise £2.75 per child aged 5 or over; 1 adult to every 10 children free of charge, additional adults £3.25.


The standard price structure for the led activities are:

  • 25 children or fewer – £90 + VAT
  • 26 to 35 children (or one class, whichever number is larger) – £120 + VAT
  • 36 to 50 children – £180 + VAT
  • 51 to 70 children – £240 + VAT

Further information and booking

Click here to download a copy of our 2017 Education Brochure.

For further details of individual activities, to discuss your individual requirements and/or to make a booking, please call 01588 676060 or contact Stephanie at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

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Meet The Mammoth

Get up close & personal

Meet our larger than life Shropshire mammoth

Find out about the chilling Ice Age and meet our mammoth – a full size replica of the skeleton found at Condover, near Shrewsbury.

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Frothy coffees & Shropshire cream teas

Perfect when the sun is shining

Our delicious home-cooked meals are prepared using local produce to bring you a true taste of the Shropshire Landscape, with Sunday lunches a speciality.

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Family friendly events and activities

From slime making to fairy cakes, we have a party to suit everyone!

Have you ever been up close to a Barn Owl, seen a water-nymph, made a willow nest or prepared to hunt for a Mammoth? If not, now is your chance!

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Onny Meadow

30 acres beside the River Onny

Well signposted for gentle strolls

FREE ENTRANCE to 30 acres of riverside paths, wild flowers and woodland all in the shadow of an Iron Age hillfort.

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Upcoming Events...

20 Oct

Dipper Malkin Concert

Evening Concert - change of venue.

21 Oct

Autumn Apple Day

Join us on National Apple Day!

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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is operated by Grow Cook Learn, a registered charity, connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills, providing opportunities to local people and visitors to learn and discover.
Registered Charity in England Number 1158795