Royal Parks Foundation

The Look Out Centre in Hyde Park

Our vision is to create a new children's education centre in the heart of Hyde Park so that thousands of city children can learn about the natural world and how to care for it. The building will be sustainably built and will be a living tool to learn about the environment and new technologies.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 July 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 July 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1097545)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
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  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




With increasing urbanisation, it is becoming even more important that young people connect with nature and learn about the value of our natural world. The current classrooms in Hyde Park are converted police dog kennels. They are cold in winter, hot in summer, lack toilets and have now become unfit for use. New facilities are vital if school children are to continue to visit the Parks to learn, amongst other things, about wildlife, the seasons, life cycles, history and the environment.


The new Look Out centre wil have two classrooms, each holding 30 children, and will be open all year round. Only 1,000 children per annum could visit the old centre but this will increase to over 7,000 per annum in the new Look Out. The new facilities will make it easier to demonstrate new technologies and to help young people to understand the value of the environment and the need to look after it.