Over 25 years experience
Cross curricular programme
Free teachers guide to help plan your visit
Pre visit information and full risk assessments
FS - KS4 and 16 +
Professional Warden team with CRB checks
Tailor made programmes for SEN
No charge for teachers and adult helpers
All sessions must be booked with us in advance as they are dependent on the tides.
Please scroll down to see a full list of our educational activities
The Centre is an excellent resource for schools, with interactive touch screen displays, fossil touch table, fossil discovery dig, aquarium tanks, and a Jurassic Theatre. It also houses a small shop area with educational materials and souvenirs including many pocket money items for those school trip spends.
Visits to the Centre are free of charge, but as an independent educational charity donations are welcome.
You must book your visit in advance as the Centre is busy with organised trips all year round.
The session starts at the Centre with a short film show entitled “Finding Fossils at Charmouth”, followed by a warden talk around the fossil touch table with top tips on what to look for and how to find it!
All relevant health and safety information is given to the children before heading out onto the beach accompanied by the warden to look for fossils. All finds during the day can be taken back to school or home at the end of the session. We advise you to bring a small freezer bag for each child to put their fossils in.
The Fossil Film Show gives an overview of the geology of the World Heritage Site 'Jurassic Coast', with a focus on how fossils are formed and the types of fossils that can be found on Charmouth beach. There are two versions of the film show available depending on the age of the children. The film is followed by a Warden talk around the fossil touch table, where the children are shown real specimens that have been found on the beach with information about how these creatures would have lived in the Jurassic seas.
The group meets the Marine Warden at the large metal anchor by Cobb Gate car park, Lyme Regis before a short walk takes you to the site of Broad Ledge. We then take a ramble over the rocks to discover the weird and wonderful plants and animals that live on our seashore and how they have adapted to living in this challenging environment. All relevant health and safety information is given to the children before heading out onto the rock pooling area. All necessary equipment is provided by the Centre.
What makes a coastline, who uses it and what can we see? Using the beach area at Charmouth, how do we use the coastal environment and what natural processes affect it? Coastal mapping, eroding sandcastles, what makes a wave and beach profiles.
All relevant health and safety information is given to the children before heading out onto the beach. All necessary equipment is provided.