Our education programme seeks to raise awareness about fisheries sustainability issues and their potential solutions. This work takes place both with the general public through our Visitor Centre (link), and through a formal education programme which operates at every level throughout the educational spectrum, from pre-school groups to postgraduate students and local community groups.

Our lobster conservation programme is achieved through stock enhancement and is constantly evolving thanks to our innovative, cutting edge research LINK programme. It is essential that we communicate the importance of these successful conservation developments to the wider community to ensure that our work has maximum impact and reach.

By sharing knowledge through education we can raise awareness of the vulnerability of our fisheries and of the many positive ways in which we, as consumers, can help to ensure sustainable stock levels.

Our formal education programmes offer curriculum linked topics covering a variety of themes and subjects. We can also tailor bespoke sessions or workshops to meet your specific educational requirements.

We also offer talks to local clubs and interest groups, student placements, scholarships, in-house lectures and an interactive tour of the aquaculture facilities at the hatchery.

Our highly qualified team are able to offer an exceptional and varied programme to meet the educational requirements of your visit.

Outreach visits – FREE for schools until end of December 2017!

We are delighted to be able to offer outreach sessions delivered to your classroom. These are currently FREE of charge for primary and secondary schools thanks to generous funding supplied by Seafish, Garfield and Western, Daylesford Foundation, Headley Trust, and Tanner Trust. Bringing the fun of the lobster hatchery into your classroom with live lobster exhibits, curriculum linked learning outcomes, and exciting interactive educational games.

On site Hatchery educational group visits
A unique opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with our little lobsters! Go behind the scenes to see our marine biologists at work, enjoy unlimited access to our Visitor Centre, take part in activities and lessons in our beautiful classroom.

From nursery to tertiary level, we offer workshops, activities, lectures and presentations which have been developed to link to National Curriculum learning objectives while showcasing our cutting edge marine conservation work.

Contact our Education Officer on education@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk or ring us on 01841 533877 to discuss how we can tailor your day to suit your needs.

Please note that due to the working nature of our laboratory facility, ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours are suitable for children from 7 years and over.

As well as a fascinating visitor centre and working laboratory, the hatchery houses first class teaching facilities consisting of a large lecture room with multimedia projector, hearing loop, whiteboard and microscopy facilities.

Our location next to the Camel estuary and the nearby beaches, combined with the benefit of our facilities, our expertise in identifying aquatic organisms and explaining aspects of the marine environment, makes the National Lobster Hatchery the ideal base for field trips to the coast. We are happy to expand your visit into the local area to include field activities.

Information for teachers

The National Lobster Hatchery is one of the few marine biology laboratories in the world open to visitors. Our educational programmes are aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity as well as improving environmental awareness. We are dedicated to educating pupils about the importance of conserving our marine environment and its living resources.

Our educational visits expand the boundaries of the classroom, linking to the curriculum to enhance learning objectives, and allowing children to participate with applied marine conservation in action. As well as seeing first hand the fascinating progression of a lobster from egg to adult and learning about our own conservation and research work, children can learn about the wider marine environment and why we should protect it.

Curriculum linked topics available include:
• Lobster life cycles
• Food chains
• Adaptations and Evolution
• Habitats
• Fishing methods
• Sustainability
• Food production
• Economics
• and bespoke to you.

Enquire about our educational resource packs to take back to the classroom with you.

For your tour, lecture or fishy activity ring us on 01841 533877 or email education@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk so that we can tailor your day to suit your needs.

The education/research facility at the National Lobster Hatchery was part funded by:

Objective One European and Objective 1 Funded The Ernest Cook Trust