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Troopers Hill - Fun Learning Trails

These trails were installed in 2013 and are no longer maintained, some of the markers may be missing.

Please Contact Us for advice if you are bringing a group to follow the trails.

Information for schools
or youth groups organising visits

General Information

For your first visit Friends of Troopers Hill will be happy to find volunteers to help you, subject to their availability. We tested this approach with Summerhill Academy and all staff on the visit felt confident about bring classes again without support.

To avoid clashes with other school visits or planned work on Troopers Hill or to ask for volunteer support, please Contact Friends of Troopers Hill

The Friends would also be pleased to advise you on compiling your Risk Assessment for the day.

Prior learning
It would be helpful for the children to have some basic map skills, including how to take a grid reference and perhaps, how to use a compass

Top tip
In trials with groups of about 15 children it worked well to choose a different child to find the next symbol each time

Equipment for site visit
Clipboards
Spare paper /drawing tools
Magnifying glasses/bug collectors
Compasses
Cameras to encourage children to draw/record any wildlife they encounter that are not mentioned on the trails

You can look at and download the three challenge sheets (pdf) for each of the three trails below, together with factsheets and word search. Alternatively you can download all the sheets as a single pdf file here:

 All challenges and information as a single pdf file (6MB)

At the bottom of the page are links to information on this website and elsewhere that school teachers might find useful for further study. Please let us know if you find links to other information that other groups might find helpful and we will add it.

There is also a Woodland Trail with four carved waymarkers where you can take rubbings Woodland Trail Page >>

 How to Get to Troopers Hill

 Starting Point directions and map for all trails

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Copper Trail - trees, mammals or creatures of the night

  Copper Trail Factsheet
Pictures and information on the seven trees, mammals and creatures of the night on this trail

  Copper Trail Discovery Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and map skills
Easy - suitable for 6-8s
Allow 30-45 mins

  Copper Trail Grid Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and more advanced map skills
Medium: 7-9s

  Copper Trail Compass Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and more advanced map skills
Challenging: 8-11s

  Trees, mammals and creatures of the night word search

Brass Trail plants, birds and a reptile

  Brass Trail Factsheet
Pictures and information on the seven plants and birds and a reptile you can find on this trail

  Brass Trail Discovery Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and map skills
Easy - suitable for 6-8s
Allow 30-45 mins

  Brass Trail Grid Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and more advanced map skills
Medium: 7-9s

  Brass Trail Compass Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and more advanced map skills
Challenging: 8-11s

  Plants and birds and a reptile word search

Zinc Trail creepy, poisonous or sweet things

  Zinc Trail Factsheet
Pictures and information on the nine creepy, poisonous or sweet things you can find on this trail

  Zinc Trail Discovery Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and map skills
Easy - suitable for 6-8s
Allow 30-45 mins

  Zinc Trail Grid Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and more advanced map skills
Medium: 7-9s

  Zinc Trail Compass Challenge
Aim: to engage, introduce species identification and more advanced map skills
Challenging: 8-11s

  Creepy, poisonous or sweet things word search

The butterfly identification sheet from the Field Studies Council is useful additional material for this walk. Children can identify some of the creatures featured on this walk using this sheet and may find others on the wing in the right season.

All Trails information sheets in packs as single pdf files

The 4 packs below contain all the sheets for all the trails between them, or download as one large file.

 Discovery Challenges pack, with start map & factsheets (2.6MB)

 Word Search Pack

 Grid & Compass Challenges pack (2MB)

 How to Get to Troopers Hill

 All challenges and information as a single pdf file (6MB)

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Information and Resources for Further Study

Troopers Hill Tree Trail - labelled trees, information pack, identification challenges.
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/TreeTrail

The Field Studies Council
 - very good identification sheets that cost about 3 each. Find them here
www.field-studies-council.org/publications/fold-out-charts.aspx

Park Detectives website
 - lots of ideas and resources for exploring green spaces in the City
www.parkdetectives.org/allaboutparks

The Growing Schools website
 - this has been designed to support teachers and practitioners in using the "outdoor classroom"
www.growingschools.org.uk

Leaflets describing Troopers Hill:
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/leaflets

Troopers Hill Wildlife:
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/wildlife

Troopers Hill Geology:
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/geology

The Rocks of Troopers Hill by Andrew Mathieson:
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/geology/RocksTroopersHill.pdf

Memories of Troopers Hill:
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/memories

Troopers Hill Wildlife Surveys, reports and other Information:
www.troopers-hill.org.uk/info

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