Activities and Events

Through a range of innovative, hands-on projects, our staff engage with thousands of students each year helping to inspire future progression in Biosciences, Ecology, Environmental Science and Geography.


Invite an Expert

We are one of Europe's largest environment centres and home to a large community of academics who are able to visit schools to support the GCSE and A-level curriculum either in the classroom or in the field on a large range of topics including:

  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Climate change and weather
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Energy and environmental pollution
  • Geology, glaciation and volcanoes
  • Human geography and world development
  • Rivers, water and flooding
  • Food security
  • Urban environments
  • Variety of life: Genetics to ecosystem

Inspiring the Next Generation of Geographers

Many geography classes within the North-West have benefitted from our Inspiring the Next Generation of Geographers programme, which sees current PhD students visit year 12/13 classes with specialist equipment and activities from the Lancaster Environment Centre, which the students will have the opportunity to use and observe as part of the session. We are currently able to offer hands-on curriculum support in:

  • Dynamics of magma flow
  • Volcanic ballistics
  • Diet and food security
  • Flood forecasting and modelling
  • Effect of flooding on society

Science Hunters

Science Hunters uses the popular computer game Minecraft to engage children of all ages with science. Children get to hear about university research, get involved in some hands-on activities and build their own science-related related creations in the game. We work closely with the National Autistic Society and in schools we work specifically with children with Special Educational Needs.

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Experience Days

We invite year 12 classes from local schools onto campus as part of our annual Experience Days to discover what it is like to study either Biosciences, Environmental Science or Geography. Students are able to take part in a range of hands-on activities as part of the day, as well as receiving advice on writing their Personal Statements and about future career progression within their subject. 

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Inspiration Days

The Lancaster Environment Centre is currently working with the Students' Union to develop an on-campus programme of activities to inspire the study of human and physical geography amongst year 9 and 10 pupils who are from a widening participation background. 

More information about these events will be available shortly


Summer Schools

We work closely with the Schools and Colleges Liaison team to provide year 12 students from a widening participation background the opportunity to experience life as a student in the Lancaster Environment Centre.

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