Outdoor Fun & Learning with Essex Wildlife Trust

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You really can make a difference to the wildlife in Essex! Our work to protect our local wildlife has never been more important.

Enjoy lots of benefits and help protect the wildlife and countryside you love in Essex.

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Free School Visits

Essex Wildlife Trust are offering of free KS1 & KS2 school visits to Abbotts Hall Farm, Essex Wildlife Trust’s working farm between Colchester and Maldon.


The workshop on offer is ‘Food Production and Wildlife – Friends or Foes?’ and is a whole day visit for one class incorporating orienteering, Organic farming debate, farming food webs and making/cooking and eating flatbreads from wheat grains.

Take the opportunity to get outside, get involved, have fun and learn with Essex Wildlife Trust.

Essex Wildlife Trust works in a wide range of ways to teach children (and adults) about the natural world to ensure that wildlife remains a priority for future generations. We offer opportunities for people young and old to become enthused and informed about wildlife through our events, our schools programme and right here on our website.

School Trips

Essex Wildlife Trust offers a wealth of learning opportunities outside the classroom at its 9 Visitor Centres. The centres offer exciting indoor and outdoor facilities to explore the natural world and discover the hidden wonders of our sites.

Each centre runs a range of outdoor learning programmes for different age groups. (EYFS, KS1-5).

Find a visitor centre near you

At your school

Our Outdoor Classroom team work across the county, bringing environmental education into your school to complement the National Curriculum while providing fun and inspirational outdoor learning.

The programmes can be adapted to suit the needs of your group.

Learn more about making the most of your school grounds

Forest School

Child-led learning is the main Forest School ethos. We plan a range of achievable activities and the children’s natural inquisitiveness and enthusiasm leads them into many areas of learning.

Our experienced Forest School trained staff can lead sessions in your school grounds or on nearby green spaces.

Learn more about our Forest School offer



We run a calendar of great days out and fascinating talks for wildlife enthusiasts.

We also run events that will introduce your children to the natural world and give them opportunities to follow their enthusiasm for wildlife. Sign up for our family newsletter to receive regular updates about school half-term and holiday events.

What's On

Birthday Parties

All of our visitor centres offer wildlife-themed birthday parties for all ages. The sessions are packed with activities such as pond-dipping, shelter-building, treasure hunts, natural crafts and much more.

After a great time outside you will have use of a room to provide your own party tea.

Birthday Party Offers

Pre-School Clubs

Our visitor centres offer a fantastic range of weekly and monthly sessions for pre-school children and their families. They are a superb opportunity for little ones to experience the natural world.

They are a great chance for parents to meet new people and experience the outdoors, too.

Find a pre-school club


Youth & Community Groups

There are many opportunities for youth organisations such as Cubs and Brownies to get involved, through attending evening activity sessions at an EWT visitor centre and nature reserve or involvement with a local project, which can help work towards achieving an interest badge. Staff and volunteers arrange bespoke sessions for Children’s Centres, physically and mentally disabled groups, adult groups, and many more to ensure every need is met where possible to engage a wide audience of people.

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Young People & Adult Education

As well as the opportunity to join local talks, guided walks and other events, Essex Wildlife Trust offers a programme of courses for adults, and young people providing the opportunity to develop new skills.

Courses and work parties are run at various locations across the county and include otter and water vole surveying skills, a range of wildlife identification courses and practical conservation work parties.

Visit our What’s On page for more

Undersea Explorers

Aimed at school children aged 7-11 we bring the marine environment alive, all in the safety (and warmth!) of an indoor swimming pool.

Through the use of realistic props like kelp forests, crabs and lobster pots we introduce topics such as species identification, food webs and habitats.

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