Studland for schools

two girls using a suction 'pooter' to collect insects at Studland Beach

Studland, famous for its long sandy beaches and dunes, is an area rich in wildlife and natural beauty.

The Discovery Centre at Knoll Beach is your base to explore this unique place.


  • Ample parking
  • Indoor seating for 40
  • Facilities for presentations
  • Outdoor study area
  • Disability access and toilets
  • Kitchen
A guided tour from one of our experts brings Studland to life. A wide range of inspiring walks and activities are offered for all ages.
Practical conservation sessions provide all ages with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and our role as guardians.
We can help you run your own learning activities at Studland, making use of the beach and the waymarked woodland trail or sand dune trail.

For schools

Pick from a wide range of inspiring indoor and outdoor activities, tailored to your requirements, for all ages:
  • Guided walks
  • Nature trails
  • Bug hunts
  • Beachcombing
  • Crafts

Key Stages 1 and 2

  • Woodland wanders: Minibeasts in their environment - an exploration of nearby woodland on the hunt for bugs, beetles and other creepy-crawlies (KS1).
  • Beach scavenger hunt: Explore the shore and make sculptures using the natural materials found there, including sand, shells, seaweed and driftwood (KS1).
  • Habitats: Discover how Studland’s animals and plants are adapted to their environment by visiting a selection of habitats (seashore, heathland, woodland) within easy reach of the Discovery Centre (KS2).
  • Coastal processes: Discover how erosion and deposition have shaped Studland, and how these processes are continuing today (KS2).
  • Eco-buildings and renewable energy: A look at how the Discovery Centre was designed with environmental sustainability in mind (KS2).

Key Stages 3 and 4

  • Sand Dune Succession: Studland is a classic example of the development of a sand dune system and the associated physical and biological changes to the environment.
  • Management of a National Nature Reserve: How we balance conserving Studland’s natural features alongside opening it for heavy recreational use.
  • Human Impacts on a High Value Coastline: What are the conflicts affecting this popular but fragile stretch of coastline, and how do we manage them?
  • Coastal erosion: An examination of the threats to Studland’s coastline and how we're responding to them.


The cost is £3.60 per pupil for a session of up to two hours. There's a minimum charge of £50.40 for groups of fewer than 14 pupils.
Accompanying adults are free.
Please download our safety and care for schools leaflet (below) before your visit.
Please email us (below) or call 01929 450580 to make a booking.