OPAL for schools

OPAL surveys are a fantastic way to take teaching outdoors, learn new skills and contribute to real scientific research.

Take part in OPAL surveys

OPAL recording sheets

Download our easy-to-print, black and white recording sheets for use with the OPAL Surveys:

Lesson plans

Children taking part in the OPAL Water Survey

Get guidance on adapting OPAL surveys for your lessons

Our free lesson plans and curriculum guides take you step-by-step through teaching OPAL surveys to your pupils:


Education packs

Woman showing a leopard slug to schoolchildren

From animal tracking to tree maths, learn more about the environment with these curriculum-linked activities.

Explore the great outdoors in every season, and take part in follow-up activities when you get back to the classroom:


Popular teacher downloads

CREST – OPAL activities

Girls looking at lichens

CREST is a science award scheme for schools and colleges run by the British Science Association.

Earn your awards by completing science projects and use OPAL resources to help you.

Useful links