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Chilterns Chalk Streams provide an excellent opportunity to engage students in their local geography and history. They are a globally scarce habitat with fascinating wildlife. Use our curriculum-linked resources in the classroom, or book one of our educational visits to get your class learning outdoors.

For more information, or to discuss a bespoke programme please contact Education & Engagement Officer Ceri Groves at cgroves@chilternsaonb.org.


Education Programmes

Key Stage 1 and 2

Outdoor Visits

Stream Safari

Discover more about your local river and what makes chalk streams so special. See what lives there and find out how these creatures are adapted to survival, including wildlife detective walk and stream dipping activity.

This can be combined with a follow-up workshop at school or additional outdoor activities delivered by partner organisations.


Workshops at school

Save our streams

How do people have an impact on local rivers and what can we do to protect this habitat for the future? Complete the hands-on activities in this workshop to find out. This workshop is designed to follow a river safari trip but can also be taught as a stand-alone session.


Indoor Safari

We’ll bring the invertebrates to you. A chance to learn about river life, and how it is adapted to survive. This session can be tailored to your topic, and may include classification and using keys, food chains and webs or lifecycles as required.


Whole Term Project

Trout in the Classroom

alevin (newly hatched trout with yolk sac)

In this term-long project pupils get the opportunity to observe the lifecycle of the brown trout at close quarters. We will install a tank and provide you with eggs. Then you can enjoy learning about their life cycle, before releasing the trout into your local river. 

Please note this project runs between Christmas and Easter only.


Secondary Schools

Riverfly Monitoring for schools


The ‘Riverfly for Schools’ programme is an opportunity for students to contribute to the monitoring of their local rivers and establishing how healthy they are. This is done by collecting data from both biotic and abiotic variables within the river. This will give students a chance to get to know their local river, participate in a national citizen science initiative and gain data collection/ fieldwork skills.








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