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Meet The Penguins


  • Learning Team
  • Harewood House Trust
    Harewood House
    LS17 9LG

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Join us to meet our famous Humboldt Penguins in their sanctuary and to discover the native birds of Harewood.

This session has a focus on science, geography and art and design. All sessions feature the opportunity to develop an understanding of the world, the use of expressive arts and design and practical scientific methods, processes and skills. They are matched to either the EYFS Framework or National Curriculum.

Each day is split into four interactive sessions led by our expert facilitators and specialist bird keepers. Suitable for EYFS and KS1 pupils and adapted for different age groups, our sessions feature practical activities which aim to stimulate a curiosity of the natural world.

Our indoor Curiosity Cabin, Education Suite and outdoor sheltered picnic area are available for lunch/break sessions which are situated next to toilet facilities and our Adventure Play Area. Our site is accessible.

As part of our commitment to sustaining a high quality and rich experience for all of our visitors, we will enhance all school visits through some optional pre and post activities.

Meet The Penguins

Pre-visit activities Visit Post-visit activities

‘Learning Map’ of key vocabulary and scientific concepts for your selected sessions.


Opportunity to visit the site for orientation and to conduct a Risk Assessment.


HHT Risk Assessment and FAQ provided.



Meet the Penguins session


All visits include an art project for pupils to take back to school.


Individually named Penguin Explorer Certificate for all pupils.


Follow-up, school-based cross-curricular activities.


Timings + Prices

Timings for all sessions are flexible and can be tailored to suit EYFS and KS1 aged pupils.

The morning session runs as three individual activities by dividing your group in half, and carouseling between the 10:45am, 11:15am and 11:45am. The afternoon session operates as one whole group. All sessions are guided by one of our expert facilitators giving your pupils all that they need whilst also enabling them to explore for themselves

£9 per pupil for a full day experience, includes admission.

£7 per pupil for a single session, includes admission.

How to Book

To submit a school booking request, please fill out our enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your booking.

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Key Learning Objectives

+ Working scientifically to make close observations and to report on findings from enquiries.

+ Working scientifically to use evidence to answer questions to support findings and to identify differences, similarities or changes related to scientific ideas and processes.

+ Knowing that animals need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Sample Itinerary

A focus on adaptation and food chains


10:15am – 11:45am
Activity One – Bird Sanctuary Tour
Interactive bird sanctuary tour supported by our Facilitator.

Activity Two – Meet the Penguins Sanctuary Tour
Interactive Penguin Pool talk with a specialist Bird Keepers.

Activity Three – Penguin Workshop
A practical, facilitated session in our Learning Suite. Pupils can share what they have learnt through making a large group collage to take back to school.

11:45am – 12:45pm
Lunch Break. Ability to use the Adventure Play Area.
Curiosity Cabin/Education Suite for lunch and/or sheltered picnic area.

12:45pm – 2pm
Native wings treasure hunt.

Whole group session supported by our Facilitator.
Down the hill… across the Lake… round the parkland… through the Walled Garden…and back up through the Bird Sanctuary.
During the course of this session, pupils will be free to explore different features of our grounds that host a wide variety of native birds. They will be provided with Spotter Guides to help them identify different birds and will be presented with a Treasure Hunt Challenge once they arrive in the Walled Garden. Our facilitator will guide pupils to particular areas of interest within the grounds and will highlight different strategies for identifying birds whilst remaining available for any specific questions that pupils may have.