Resources for Teachers/Youth


For teachers and youth club leaders

Parallelogram Mount Copyright Steve TonkinChildren are fascinated by the night sky and also keen to learn about light pollution and the impact it can have.

Wessex Astronomical Society and Fordingbridge Astronomers are always happy to offer talks, and they will cater for all ages.

If you would like to have a go yourself, though, check out these really helpful resources:


We can also highly recommend the Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics website - that not only talks about the solar system, and the universe, constellations, how telescopes work, but has awesome games, projects and much more.

Space Detectives

Space Detectives runs workshops designed to reveal the wonders of space, and has been delivering the message to school children in the Cranborne Chase AONB since 2018.

Bob Mizon Mobile PlanetariumThe initiative, which has been funded by the AONB, also included a visit by Bob Mizon and his "Mizar" mobile planetarium at Semley School (pictured right).

Hindon Primary School was one of four schools that was visited by Jo Richardson, who runs Space Detectives. She shared her knowledge of the night sky with KS1 and KS2 children, as well as getting them to make constellations with marsh mallows and uncooked pasta, and everyone had a chance to explore space using virtual reality goggles. 

If you are a teacher at a school in the AONB, and would like to arrange a session at your school, please contact us at