The Harcourt Arboretum is an integral part of the plant collection of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. This 130 acre site has a range of plants, trees and habitats, and provides the perfect setting for children to engage with the natural environment. The majority of our school visitors are from FS, KS1 and KS2, however, we also run field work sessions for KS5 pupils. Through our schools programme we reach approximately 4,500 pupils each year.
All our school sessions are held outside. They are tailored to each season, and cover a range of topics with both scientific and artistic themes. During the winter months we run an outreach programme, providing interactive workshops in Oxfordshire’s primary schools.
In addition to our mainstream education programme, we also participate in special projects, which can involve working with artists-in-residence from a range of backgrounds including drama, sculpture and music.