Dynamic Earth, with our feet firmly rooted in the adventurous Earth and environmental sciences, is embracing opportunities for all children and young people to enjoy first-hand, in a safe, structured environment, the experience of being in the great outdoors. Over-looking Dynamic Earth is the extinct volcano of Arthur's Seat with its crags, rare flora and dominating presence. What better place to inspire and motivate young people with relevant, challenging and engaging curriculum linked activities?
All outdoor workshops are 2 hours long and cost £5 per pupil unless otherwise stated but please be aware that the weather may dictate a shorter activity on the day. We require all participants to arrive with appropriate footwear and clothing. Click here for our suggested kit list.
COME RAIN OR SHINE P4-7 Become a weather detective, spot clouds and look for clues in nature. Complete a weather map and forecast to see how much our weather really changes.
SENSORY ADVENTURE P4-7 Come explore with all your senses. Navigate your way through Holyrood Park and discover the wonders of this wild space through sensory exploration. Create a sound map, take on our touch-hunt challenge and put your nose to the test.
FIRE AND ICE P5-7 Discover the amazing and violent geological history of Scotland as told in the rocks of Arthur's Seat. Use your detective skills to investigate evidence for ancient tropical seas, track down an ice rock and discover a 350 million year old lava flow.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle goes Outdoors P4-P6 Through practical conservation and a whole load of fun, pupils will gain a consideration of the impact of rubbish on living things and the amazing possibilities for re-use or recycling.
NATURE DETECTIVES P5-7 For thousands of years Holyrood Park has been home to a rich variety of wildlife. Take a walk on the wild side to discover creatures, past and present who have made their home here. Explore unique habitats and learn all about this special ecosystem.
FIRE AND ICE S1-6 In a landscape shaped by the destructive and violent forces of fire and ice we discover the evidence as told in the rocks of Arthur's Seat. These rocks indicate the changing environments over time, from tropical seas and lagoons to ice that moves boulders and shapes rocks. They all provide proof of the powerful heat engine driving plate tectonics.
AN INTRODUCTION TO FIELD SKILLS S4-6 (4 HOURS) Partly indoors and mostly outdoors, we introduce field skills such as slope analysis, water ingress and vegetation sampling on the small but very accessible Haggis Knowe. With the introduction of a few quirky apps and bits of kit, as well as having pupils develop their own risk assessments this workshop is ideal for those in later secondary school. Cost: £10.00 per pupil.