Learning and activities for schools and groups

Children on low ropes course

During your visit to Brownsea Island you can book a wide variety of activities including: learning activities linked to the curriculum, scouting heritage activities, sporting activities including archery, low ropes and watersports. All of our activities can be tailored to suit your group's needs, please contact us to discuss your visit with our learning manager.

To book your activites or to discuss your visit with us, please call 01202 707744, option 2 or email.

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Learning activities

Our learning activities are linked to the National Curriculum and activities are designed to be 'hands on' and outdoors whenever possible. You can mix and match activities to make up a half-day or whole day visit, unless otherwise stated all of our sessions last an hour.

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Wonderful Woodlands

Use your senses to explore the wonderful woodland on Brownsea Island. Be inspired by the sights, sounds, smells and textures and enjoy exploring nature. you will be led on a walk and given opportunities to use your senses in new ways to discover the woodland around you.

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Brownsea is an important Nature Reserve and is particularly interesting because it has a number of diverse habitats all in a small area.  Through activities you will be introduced to woodland, heathland, and wetland habitats and learn about their inhabitants.

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An Island Home

Aimed at KS1 and our younger visitors, come and find out what it is really like to live on an island.  This walk and talk will let you in on some of the secrets of island life and show how it different it is from living on the mainland. 

Island home activity (PDF / 0.021484375MB) download

All about Squirrels

Come to Brownsea and learn about the famous red squirrels. Find out what they eat, where they live and why they are so rare. Included are activities to help you understand what life as a squirrel might be like. On our short ‘safari’ see if you can actually spot one of these elusive little creatures.

Squirrels activity (PDF / 0.0419921875MB) download

Coasts and shores

A visit to Brownsea Island is an exciting and unique way to learn about coasts. The island’s coastline is constantly changing and eroding, providing a fantastic case study for a coastal investigation. Through practical demonstrations and activities, gain a deeper understanding of the processes affecting our coasts and the issues related to this subject.

Coast and shores activity (PDF / 0.02734375MB) download


For our younger visitors; Discover more about the pirates of Brownsea’s past and follow the clues to discover Harry Paye’s hidden treasure.

Pirates activity (PDF / 0.02734375MB) download

Go Potty

In Victorian times Brownsea had a thriving pottery industry.  You will find out a little bit about how clay was used and then have a chance to make your own piece from quick drying clay.

Go Potty activity (PDF / 0.0205078125MB) download

Natural Art

Be inspired by the natural resources on Brownsea Island to create a unique piece of art. Your artwork can be flat or a sculpture, a picture or abstract, with rocks, shells, sticks, feathers, leaves and seeds, it is amazing what you can create!  

Natural Art activity (PDF / 0.0283203125MB) download

Orienteering - 1.5 hours

Learn more about using a compass and following bearings on our wheel orienteering course. Why not follow this by buying our Orienteering map from the Visitor Centre of Trading Post and putting your skills into practice on the full course around the island.

Orienteering activity (PDF / 0.025390625MB) download

Brownsea Island natural art
Group of children creating natural art

Scouting Heritage Activities

Based on Lord Baden-Powell's experiemental camp of 1907, these activities will help you to learn more about the origins of Scouting and Guiding on Brownsea Island. All of these activities last for 1.5 hours.

Outdoor Adventure

Take on challenges and activites from the 1907 camp, this activity is regularly refreshed to include new challenges.

Outdoor Detectives

A fun, interactive session of games used by Baden-Powell in 1907. How well do you notice things in our environment? Will you be able to lay and follow a trail using traditional scout signs?

Survival Challenge

Each patrol in 1907 was challenged to build a piquet camp of their own. Put your skills to the test and learn more about BP's camp as you create and build your own camp in the woods.

Children den building in the woods on Brownsea Island
Den building activities, 50 things

Sporting Activities


Have a go at archery on our range. Maximum group size 12.

Low Ropes

Test your group's team work on our low ropes course, will you be able to get all the way round? Maximum group size 12.

BIYST Challenge

Designed and made by our Brownsea Island Youth Service Team (BIYST), this challenge area will test your group's team work and problem solving skills.


Our watersports provider is Brenscombe Outdoor Centre who offer a range of taster sessions from canoeing to raft building.

" Instructors were excellent as was the range of activities."
- Customer feedback

Statement of risk: The National Trust has published risk assessments and controls on all activities, which are regularly reviewed and updated. There will always be some real risk involved in the activities that we offer. We believe that, having put in place our risk controls the level of risk is low and tolerable within the nature of the activity. This residual risk is inherent in the activity and could not be fully eliminated without destroying the activity or the reason for doing it.