Key Stage 4 at Tring

Explore our workshops for students or download and print activity sheets in advance of your visit.

Our free workshops can accommodate up to 32 students at a time.

School visits, activities and workshops are free, but donations help support our vital work to look after nature and provide our learning programme. There is a recommended donation of £2 per child.

How to book

To make a booking, please view the guidance on the Essential information for schools page, then use our online booking form.

Our school programme is very popular. We recommend booking at least a 6 weeks in advance.

  • Self-guided tours

    Encourage your students to ask questions and discuss animal features with our self-guided tours. The tours are designed for use by an adult leading a small group of students. Please download and print these activity sheets prior to your visit.

    Exploring Evolution

    Become an explorer and use your observational skills to investigate evolution, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

  • Workshops

    Biodiversity and Conservation

    Discover the importance of biodiversity and what is threatening it today by investigating data, fact files and specimens in five case studies. Gather ideas about how to conserve these species and find out what action is being taken.

    Curriculum links:

    • working scientifically
    • data collection and analysis
    • human interactions and their impacts on biodiversity
    • importance of maintaining biodiversity

    Useful Museum resources:

    Darwin day

    Explore evolution in this immersive, multi-activity day. Discover the process of scientific investigations, the theory of evolution and the historical debates around the subject.

    This day is available as a full or half-day. There are four elements including pre- and post-visit material. A half-day can accommodate two activities, and for a full day all activities can be undertaken. 

    The Great Debate

    Discover the scientific thinking and history of this momentous event in pre-visit material. Pupils will then become the prominent thinkers of the time, gather evidence and debate.

    The Process of Science

    Find out about how scientific investigations take place. Examine specimens, carry out an investigation and take measurements ready to take back to school.

    Exploring Evolution Gallery Trail

    Follow the footsteps of Darwin and Wallace to explore the theory of evolution including variation, relatedness and selective breeding. You can download the trail in the above self-guided section.

    Scientific illustration

    Reflect on historical artwork to analyse the art of scientific drawings. Use gallery specimens to practice skills in this self-led activity. 

    Curriculum links:

    • working scientifically
    • data collection and analysis
    • inheritance and variation
    • selective breeding
    • scientific ideas over time

    Useful Museum resources:


    The galleries provide an opportunity for older students to practice their artistic skills and be inspired by the specimens at a variety of levels.

    The specimens are a chance to study colour, pattern, texture and shape. The galleries can be used for:

    • Study of still life, line drawing and painting
    • Photography
    • Understanding the cultural importance of specimens and art

    We can provide a short introduction to the galleries and their history, or facilitate handling specimens for close observation in a designated seated space.