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Interested in how to bring the Jurassic Coast into your classroom?

Here you will find a range of resources that you can download free of charge for use in your school or college.

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The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Landscape is characterised by intimate wooded combes, vast areas of heathland, fertile river valleys and breathtaking cliffs or hilltops. It includes the East Devon section of the Jurassic Coast - England's first natural World Heritage Site.

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Norman Lockyer Observatory

The Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth, Devon is a historic working optical observatory and an educational centre for science, especially astronomy, meteorology, amateur radio and sciences of the coast and countryside.

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The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is passionate about educating the public on the importance of donkey welfare and the charity’s worldwide work. We want to inspire the next generation of donkey carers and do this by having a dedicated education team who provide a wide variety of learning opportunities that can be tailored to the specific abilities and interests of visiting groups. On their visit to the Sanctuary, groups including schools, Scouts and Guides, nurseries and youth groups have the opportunity to get to know our specially trained team of donkeys who have lots of experience of working with children.

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

RAMM's learning service helps visitors to explore our collections, connect them to the wider world and discover links to their own lives. Our schools service is currently undergoing major changes but these pages will keep you up-to-date. Our family service supports families to learn together, through imaginative family fun days and collections-linked projects.

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Exeter Underground Passages 

Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument: no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain.

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Quay House Visitor Centre

The history and development of Exeter’s Quayside is brought to life with lively display, illustrations and artefacts. This former warehouse was built during the golden age of Exeter’s thriving woollen cloth industry in 1680. As well as models and items from the cloth industry such as “tenter hooks and tillet blocks”, an exciting audiovisual presentation “Exeter, 2000 years of history” highlights Exeter’s history from Roman times until today.

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Exeter Cathedral 

A fascinating a beautiful Cathedral which has, at its heart, a lively religious community. A visit to this ancient building invokes wonder, inspires learning and enriches life.

Over 4,500 pupils visit us every year to explore and enhance their study of subjects such as RE, History, Art and Music. We welcome groups of all sizes and endeavour to provide a high quality service based on the individual requirements of each group.

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Stuart Line Cruises

Get your children out of the classroom and viewing the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Devon. If you have a school or young persons group we can offer tailor trips at excellent prices. A wide variety of trips are available for all ages including river trips, day trips, speedboat rides and evening parties

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Powderham Castle

We are thrilled to have successfully been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to renovate the Victorian Kitchens and Servants Hall for visitors and school groups. For the first time, the story of ordinary people who worked in the Earl's household will be told. The household continues to be made up of people like us living in the local area. The project is an opportunity for the people who worked so hard during the Victorian era to receive recognition and to celebrate our shared heritage.

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Buckfast Abbey

The monks are pleased to welcome school groups to their Abbey. We have a long established Education Department (over 20 years!) with full-time education staff. This means that we can provide facilities and resources for all ages and ability levels covering a wide range of subject areas.

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Living Coast

A visit to Living Coasts allows your group to explore global coastal habitats and wildlife in a safe and friendly environment. Our education team welcome a variety of school groups every year and offers a diverse range of education packages with curriculum links and activities designed for specific age groups.

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Escot Education Centre

Escot's education effort revolves around our Education Ranger.  Escot has unrivalled facilities for a wide range of educational activities and every year thousands of children and more mature students take advantage of them.

Activities range from Ph D to Primary and cater for a wide range of differing abilities.  Whether it's a field trip to study the water meadows and river conservation techniques, or a swamp walk and hose down (!), Escot's matchless setting together with the support of the Greenwood Centre staff are available to cover most requirements.

In addition to purely educational needs, Escot's education parties bridge the gap between lessons and pleasure: they make learning fun! These are particularly popular as a way of filling children's time during the holidays and they tend to be fully booked well in advance.

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