Explore: Urban Nature

We're challenging students across the UK to help everyone better understand the nature around us, in our towns and cities.

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Join the challenge

The Explore: Urban Nature programme is happening at a museum near you and there are lots of free opportunities for your students to participate.

Nature in the UK is under threat, and we all have a part to play in the solution. We need your students to track and monitor the nature closest to home, become the local experts, help us observe and collect new data, and take action through science to make a real difference.  

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme, you can email us at: ExploreUrbanNature@nhm.ac.uk

Ways to take part

Build your skills with teacher training

Learn about the latest urban nature scientific research developments, practice field skills, and design an action plan to confidently run an outdoor investigation with your students on or near your school site.

Discover our learning resources

Use our curriculum linked learning resources with your students to explore the nature on your doorstep and discover the challenges it faces.

Get local museum support

Your local museum will be running workshops and other events, where students can build working scientifically skills and do their own nature investigations.

To be connected to your nearest museum, email: ExploreUrbanNature@nhm.ac.uk

The Museum is running a London workshop.

Join in with community science projects

Gather real data to help understand the nature around us. Join our Nature Overheard project and investigate how road noise affects insects.

Empower your students

Challenge your students to investigate their questions by completing a CREST Award (PDF 830KB).

National Partners

A museum near you will be leading activities in their local schools and at their sites. Find your closest museum below:

  1. Natural History Museum, London
  2. RSPB: Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow in partnership with Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  3. Great North Museum, Newcastle
  4. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
  5. Birmingham Museums Trust
  6. Leeds Museums and Galleries

7. Wollaton Hall (Nottingham City Museums and Galleries)

8. Natural History Museum, Tring, Hertfordshire

9. National Museum Northern Ireland

10. Dorset Museum

11. Stoke-on-Trent Museums

12. Touchstones Rochdale

13. The Horniman Museum and Gardens

Map of UK showing project partner locations

To be connected to your nearest museum email: ExploreUrbanNature@nhm.ac.uk

Not close to a museum? Don’t worry! There are many ways for your students to take part remotely, from CREST awards to an EcoSchools challenge and more.

Why urban nature matters

Over 83% of the UK population live in urban areas. Towns and cities are where most people experience nature - in parks, gardens and patches of wasteland, rather than in the countryside or national parks.

These urban green spaces are important: strongholds for a wide range of species, and places for people to connect with nature, improving our mental and physical health.  

But these spaces can be neglected and may come under extra pressure as the urban population grows.

We want to help thousands of young people dig into what urban nature is, what it does, how it's changing, and what we can all do to support it. 


We thank all funders to the Urban Nature Project campaign so far, including those who wish to remain anonymous, for their generous support. We recognise the following funders for their exceptional contributions to the campaign:

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