School Visits

(c) David Shapiro

School visits to reserves allow children a chance to see the wildlife on their doorstep, learn the curriculum in a new way and have the chance to find their 'Wild Life'.

Wildlife Trusts offer a variety of school visits, from talks, to explorations to educational workshops, all linked to the curriculum.

The majority of Trusts will tailor these visits to suit the needs of the school, so the options are endless. 

The benefits of connecting children with nature are well known, and many staff members have written about the joy they have seen children experience first-hand when visiting reserves. From Education Officers who see the impact every day, to staff members visiting Trusts and watching sessions

To allow your pupils to build their connection with nature, contact your local Trust and discuss what they can offer your school. 

Want to be inspired?

Below are some brilliant examples of how Trusts are offering school visits. To see what your local Trust offers, take a look at our map

Curriculum-linked trips - Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust offer a wealth of curriculum based programmes designed for students from EYFS to University, from day visits to week-long residential stays.

Their trips are tailored to the curriculum so are a great way for children to learn outdoors.  Take a look !


Education centre visits - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust run hands-on activities in their education centres, designed to help children of all ages and abilities discover and understand the natural world around them.

From river studies and adaptation to environmental exploration, their expert staff provide quality cross-curricular Learning Outside the Classroom, with activities grouped by Key Stages.  Read more !

Wild Workshops & River Rangers - Shropshire Wildlife Trust


The experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff ensure a memorable visit for pupils and teachers alike with Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Two of the options they offer are Wild Workshops & River Rangers. 

Wild Workshops are tailored for specific Key Stage groups and can run from one hour to a full day. River Rangers is a great project for children to be a part of! They're fun and interactive sessions involving children splashing about in rivers, working outside the classroom and making a difference to the state of their local rivers. Take a look!

Wildlife Champions - Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Wildlife Trust run a Wildlife Champions programme, which in 2015 was the recipient of the Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Environmental Education Award.

Within this programme, school children form a wildlife council in their school, supported by staff and DWT's education team. This wildlife council is responsible for making decisions and taking action for wildlife in their school grounds and local community. Find out more

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