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1 hour - to take place outside on our Nature Trail,  Mon - Weds only, Summer Term & Autumn Term 1 (until Oct half term)  

Step onto London’s oldest Nature Trail, in the Horniman Gardens, to explore native habitats along a woodland corridor. Turn over logs and dip nets in the pond. Experience nature’s surprises in an urban environment. What will you hear, what will you see, and what will you find?

Class to meet Learning Officer by pedestrian entrance just below Animal Walk (onto the night walk)

Wheelchair users can access the Nature Trail via Langton Rise (by prior arrangemenet)

In the event of poor weather, the session will be replaced with our indoor taxidermy-based session "Animals and their Habitats"

 Learning Objectives

  • Describe and compare two different habitats - pond and log meadow
  • Safely use equipment to sample and observe wildlife in two habitats
  • Describe and record observations of animals found in a habitat
  • Use an ID guide to try to identify a living animal found in a habitat

Possible Curriculum links

  • Animals including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Minibeasts/life-cycles/food chains 

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.  To contact us to make a booking please call 020 8291 8686 or by email schools@horniman.ac.uk

 Our taught sessions start at:

  • 10.30-11.15am   (lunch room 12-12.30pm)
  • 11.45-12.30pm   (lunch room 1-1.30pm)
  • 1.30-2.15pm       (lunch room 12.30-1pm)

When you contact us:  Please have ready the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying, 1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time, and the number of pupils and adults.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

45 minute object handling, museum and garden sessions (up to 30 pupils): £70.00 ex VAT (£84.00 inc VAT) per session

30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £35.00 ex VAT (£42.00 inc VAT) per session

60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £120.00 ex VAT (£144.00 inc VAT) per session

We offer a bursary

Essential information

See our terms and conditions 

See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment 2018 - 2019