Hampshire Outdoor Centres

Your complete guide to Hampshire County Council’s vast range of services for children and young people outdoors

Explore the potential of learning and playing beyond the classroom

Hampshire County Council supports individuals, schools and settings in maximising their potential for outdoor learning, sports and play, and ultimately achieving outstanding outdoor provision.

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    Outdoor Education, PE & DofE

    We believe in providing young people with active, challenging and exciting experiences to help them learn and develop via the outdoor classroom. The service supports all teachers engaged with such work, allowing for safe, confident practise, to achieve positive outcomes.


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    Outdoor Activity Centres

    When choosing an outdoor centre for learning or enjoying physical activities you can rest assured that a visit to one of our Hampshire centres will be of a high standard, safe, friendly and educational. The staff are experts in their fields and help you put a programme together.


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    Environmental Study Centres

    HCC manages two Key Stage Two educational study centres at Minstead (New Forest) and Stubbington. Both centres provide residential courses in curriculum led outdoor and environmental learning, meeting a range of subject and school priorities.


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    An exciting award scheme providing a structure and accreditation for outside the classroom activities. Involvement provides access to a wide range of resources and training promoting and developing outdoor learning: in the school grounds, or further afield.


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    Art and Museum Service

    The Community Engagement and Learning Team works closely with teachers and communities to deliver lively formal and informal learning programmes, that support the development of young peoples skills and knowledge using the County’s rich arts and museums resource.


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    Country Parks, Sites and Gardens

    Formal and informal learning opportunities at our many country parks and sites. Experienced and dedicated staff work closely with teachers for effective planning and delivery. Learning activities are regularly monitored and evaluated and all sites hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.


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    Landscape Strategy and Design

    We enable schools to tap into the real potential of their site. Whether you are starting from scratch, or are building on past developments, our skilled and experienced team can enable you to move forward effectively and achieve long term success.


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    Healthy Schools

    We will help schools to promote the health and well being of all pupils, raise achievement, strengthen global citizenship and encourage sustainability within and beyond the school.


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    School Travel Planning

    Issues with congestion, obesity or safety? We can help your school with bespoke measures (dependent on location and funding) including updating your travel plan, scooter/cycle training, postcode mapping, and more, to promote and enable safe, sustainable travel to and from school.


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    Recycle for Hampshire

    Our free Schools Recycling Programme is delivered directly to pupils through a series of hands-on sessions which encourage increased recycling awareness and activity. We can help your school reduce waste and save money through tailored initiatives providing a lasting impact.



We are closely collaborating with:

  • Forestry Commission
  • New Forest National Park
  • Hampshire Country Learning
  • Hampshire Garden Trust
  • South Downs National Park
  • Gilbert White Study Centre
  • Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
  • The Countryside Education Trust

With special thanks to:

Learning through Landscapes

Learning through Landscapes is the Hampshire based UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children. Our vision is that every child benefits from stimulating outdoor learning and play in their education.



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