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Mini-Beast Explorers


  • Learning Team
  • Harewood House Trust
    LS17 9LG

  • 0113 218 1010
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Join us and discover the huge variety of mini-beasts that live in the gardens and grounds of Harewood House.

This session has a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and features the opportunity to develop science enquiry & scientific vocabulary matched to the National Curriculum.

Each session is led by our expert facilitators and is suitable for Primary School 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.

Minibeast Explorers

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.



Mini-Beast Explorer session


All visits include a STEM project for pupils to take home.


Individually named Mini-Beast 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 KS1, lower primary or upper primary aged pupils.

The session runs as two parallel activities by dividing your group in half, switching over activities at approximately 11am. Both sessions are guided by one of our expert facilitators, giving your pupils all that they need whilst enabling them to explore for themselves also.

£7 per pupil for a half-day experience.

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 how to use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.



10:15am – 11:45am
Activity One – Mini-Beast Hunt
Explore the grounds and gardens with our specialist facilitator as we hunt and categories mini-beasts

Activity Two – Bug Hotel Workshop
A practical, facilitated session where pupils will explore contrasting habitats and the varying approaches to the conservation of the environment within which mini-beasts exist.

STEM project: Making bug hotels.