Explore nature

Insect on flower seen through a magnifying glass

Learn more about local wildlife and get involved in science projects. 

Whether it's recording wildlife or simply learning more about your local environment, OPAL can help you enjoy, observe and study the natural world.

Explore nature - get involved



The Learning Lab

Learning Lab screengrab

Discover what your data can do, test your nature knowledge and learn about our surveys.

The world of OPAL is at your fingertips in our interactive online learning tool.

Visit the Learning Lab



Presenter Naomi Wilkinson showing a slug to schoolchildren

From lesson plans and resources, to outdoor activities and science projects, OPAL can make teaching science relevant and fun.

Our schools section also includes a list of other useful educational websites.

Activities and resources for schools




Life as a scientist

OPAL scientists have worked on a range of topics studying and engaging people with our environment.

Hear from some of those who have worked for OPAL, discover their research and find out how to follow in their footsteps and become a scientist.

Meet the scientists



Selection of OPAL resources

All OPAL resources are free to download and share with your family, friends, class or community group.

They include activity ideas, identification guides, lesson plans, and help with adapting the national surveys.

Browse and download our resources