How to get involved in outdoor education at our nature reserves

Jubilee Primary School pupils at Woodberry Wetlands (credit Penny Dixie)Jubilee Primary School pupils at Woodberry Wetlands (credit Penny Dixie)

You needn't go far to find nature! We have over 20 years’ experience teaching children outdoors, providing brilliant hands-on nature lessons in London directly linked with the National Curriculum.

London Wildlife Trust learning sessions can cover a variety of topics from Early Years Foundation Stage through Key Stages 1 and 2, up to 11 years. We can also tailor sessions to suit Key Stages 3 and 4, A-level and university students. Risk Assessments are provided and our staff have enhanced DBS checks and are trained in first aid. Our sites are accessible by public transport.

Our Key Stage 1 topics include growing plants, sorting and using materials, and seeing plants and animals in their local environment; while our Key Stage 2 learning covers plants, characteristics of materials, rocks and soils, moving and growing, habitats, interdependence and adaptation, and improving the environment.

 

 

For more information about the outdoor learning opportunities at our sites, including cost, contact details, and available facilities, see below.

North and North East London

We won’t be running sessions at Camley Street Natural Park until Spring 2019 as our new visitor and learning centre is being built. While Camley Street is unavailable, we suggest schools book visits to one of our other reserves (below). We apologise for any inconvenience.

At Woodberry Wetlands, schoolchildren can go minibeast hunting, pond dipping, and take part in wildlife habitat walks. Facilities on site include toilets, secure cloakroom, indoor classroom, and a cafe. Two-hour sessions led by staff cost £120 (+VAT). Self-led sessions cost £30 (+VAT). For more information and to book a visit for your school email Abi March on amarch@wildlondon.org.uk or call 020 3897 6154.

Forest School sessions for children up to 16 years are available at Woodberry Wetlands. Sessions are two hours long and cost £100 (+VAT) for a maximum of 15 students. Sessions can be booked in a block of six for £550 and are led by a qualified Forest School Level 3 Practitioner. We can also offer tailor-made sessions to college and university students. To book a Forest School session or if you have any questions email Abi March on amarch@wildlondon.org.uk.

People's Postcode LotteryLondon Wildlife Trust has also received valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which is enabling us to deliver a wider series of regular outdoor classes to schoolchildren during 2018 at Woodberry Wetlands. Click here to find out more.

At Walthamstow Wetlands, schoolchildren can investigate the plants and animals on site, make and follow maps, and take part in adventures. Facilities on site include toilets, an indoor classroom, picnic benches and a café. Two-hour sessions led by staff cost £120 (+VAT). Self-led sessions cost £30 (+VAT). For more information and to book a visit for your school email Myfanwy Lloyd on mlloyd@wildlondon.org.uk or call 02084 962115.

South London

Outdoor learning sessions for schoolchildren in south London are held at Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham and Sydenham Hill Wood in Sydenham.

At Centre for Wildlife Gardening, schoolchildren can enjoy a mixture of curriculum linked games and hand-on discovery activities in a variety of demonstration habitat areas on site. Facilities on site include toilets, an indoor classroom, and picnic area. Sessions cost £100 (+VAT), and last 90 minutes (20% discount available for Southwark schools). For more information and to book please complete this form and email it to Abi March on amarch@wildlondon.org.uk. If you have any questions call Abi on 020 3897 6151.

At Sydenham Hill Wood, schoolchildren can enjoy a guided woodland tour. For college and university students we can provide a guided walk looking at woodland management and ecology. There are no public facilities on site but toilets are available at the nearby Horniman Museum. School sessions cost £70 or £80 (+VAT) and last 90 minutes. For more information and to book please email Rachel Dowse on rdowse@wildlondon.org.uk.

Forest School sessions for children up to 16 years are available at Bellenden Road Nature Garden. Sessions are two hours long and cost £100 (+VAT) for a maximum of 15 students (20% discount available for Southwark schools). Sessions can be booked in a block of six for £550 and are led by a qualified Forest School Level 3 Practitioner. We can also offer tailor-made sessions to college and university students. To book a Forest School session or if you have any questions email Abi March on amarch@wildlondon.org.uk.

People's Postcode Lottery

London Wildlife Trust has also received valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which will enable us to deliver a wider series of regular outdoor classes to schoolchildren at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in south London during 2018. Click here to find out more.

West London

Outdoor learning sessions for schoolchildren in west London are held at Crane Park Island in Twickenham and at Gunnersbury Triangle in Chiswick. 

At Crane Park Island schoolchildren can investigate the rich aquatic life in the shallow stretches of the River Crane through the unique experience of river dipping. Facilities on site include toilets, a classroom and storage. Sessions cost £120 (+VAT), and last up to two hours. For more information and to book, email Alex Robb on arobb@wildlondon.org.uk or call her on 07702 669 888.

At Gunnersbury Triangle, schoolchildren can experience pond dipping, uncover the mysterious world of woodland soil invertebrates and learn how to identify trees. Other activities include growing from seed, compost making, and a wide range of environmental games. Facilities on site include toilets, secure cloakroom and a picnic area. Sessions cost £120 (+VAT) and last up to two hours. From autumn 2018 we will be running Forest School sessions. For more information and to book, email Oliver Rakocevic on orakocevic@wildlondon.org.uk or call 07530 730 551.
 

 

Jubilee Primary School at Woodberry Wetlands (credit Penny Dixie)

 

Pictured above, Jubilee Primary School pupils on a visit to Woodberry Wetlands for a Wild about Learning session. (Credit Penny Dixie)

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