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Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

The Learning Zone

The Learning Zone

With its spectacular and diverse landscape, rich cultural heritage, range of habitats and a variety of wildlife, there is something for everyone to explore in the South Downs National Park, whatever your age.

The Learning Zone is the place to find resources and discover more about this special place. It is an informative, interesting, dynamic and growing online community where people can share ideas and opportunities for using the National Park to meet both curriculum objectives and wider learning aims.

We welcome contributions to the resources and offer the chance to showcase work that you are involved in. All ideas are credited and linked to contributors. If you would like to know more please email us with an outline of your ideas at 

Are you looking for a different visit for your class or students? Visit our Learning Map and discover ways to learn outside the classroom from over 100 Outdoor Learning Providers.

Our Education Team can provide talks and practical sessions at school and in the National Park. Common topics include:

  • Why is the South Downs a special place that is now protected as a National Park?
  • What are the challenges facing the National Park and the impact of changes to the environment?
  • How is the South Downs managing to conserve the special qualities?

Discover what the education team is up to at the moment in our Education Team Blog. This is the hub of all things educational where you will find: news stories, how to get involved, updates on outdoor learning and inspiring uses of the South Downs to bring the curriculum to life.

You can also sign up to receive termly newsletters, direct to your inbox, about the exciting outdoor learning opportunities throughout the South Downs National Park. Newsletters include information on the Travel Grant funding stream, conferences, workshops, new National Curriculum developments, resources, schemes of work, CPD opportunities, and much more.

We believe that every child should experience a National Park first hand. 

Find out about our work to connect young people with nature in the South Downs.


" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "