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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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May Half Term 2018

Operation Earth
Half Term Drop-in Activities 26th May - 3rd June


Get involved with our Operation Earth activities and become an Environmental Scientist for the day. 


Dissolving Shells

As more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is being dissolved into Earth’s oceans, they are becoming more acidic. Find out what effect this has on ocean life.

Earth Observation

Technology is used to study and monitor a wide range of factors affecting our planet. By using satellites and drones, a wide range of images can be taken to look for any changes in the environment. Scientists can use these images to look for solutions to fix any problems. Take a look at fascinating satellite images to find out how this works.

Digital Microscope

Environmental scientists use a range of equipment to explore the natural environment. Come and use the digital microscopes to explore the microscopic world and view objects we cannot see in great detail with just our eyes.

Origami Plant Pot

We need to find solutions to help reduce our use of plastic. Come and make your own biodegradable paper plant pot using a simple origami technique and some newspaper.

Increasing Biodiversity

The simple solution to increasing biodiversity is to plant more flowers in our gardens. This will help support our vitally important pollinators. Come and find out how you can help.

Citizen Science

Find out how you can get involved with citizen science and help NERC scientists collect a wider range of data from across the country to add to their data collection. This will help to get a better understanding of what is happening to our environment throughout the world.

Ecology Mat

Ecology surveys are quick and easy methods of estimating the health of biodiversity in an area. By identifying the different species of plants, fungi and other living organisms and counting how many of them there are in a set area, you can estimate how many of them there are within that environment. Come and have a go at being an environmental scientist. Take a magnifying glass and carry out your own survey using our ecology mat.