School Holiday Activities

All our visitor centres have fun and exciting events for children of all ages.

School holiday activities include family events for under 8's, drop off and pick up sessions for 8+ and pre-school activities for under 5's. 


Advance booking and donation essential for all school holiday events.

Visit our What’s On page for more details.

Education Programmes EYFS KS1 & KS2

Bring your school to visit one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s outstanding education centres!

Essex Wildlife Trust offers a variety of exciting programmes and activities at our education centres or in your school grounds designed to have strong links with core areas of the National Curriculum. The programmes can be adapted to suit the needs of your group; choose two half-day topics to create a full days tailored school trip.

What we offer:

• A safe secure learning environment
• A range of exciting habitats
• Fully equipped classrooms
• Curriculum linked programmes
• Wheelchair access to some areas
• Year round activities
• Coach parking
• Toilet facilities
• Experienced and DBS checked staff
• Risk assessments for all activities

More information on School visits

Booking a trip couldn’t be simpler!

Select one of our education centres.

1. Contact the on site Education Officer.
2. Discuss your topic choices.
3. Complete our easy booking form and you’re done!

Your school visit information pack will arrive shortly.


• Lesson plan
• Location map
• Timetable
• Risk assessment

Some of our education programmes:

Early Years Foundation Stage

These programmes can be run as a half day visit.

Natural Art
Use a variety of natural materials to create pictures, make a tree spirit, devise a natural colour palette and design mud sculptures.

Exploring Senses
Use your senses to explore the natural environment by listening, touching, seeing, smelling and experiencing surroundings.

Pond Power
Discover creatures that live underwater, observe and describe how they move. Compare with creatures who live on the land.

Go on a Bug Hunt
See if you can find the slimy, scuttling and secret inhabitants of woods, grassland and hedges. See if you can identify them.

Teddy Bears Picnic (also available for KS1)
Children bring their teddies for a special picnic in the woods to learn of the basic needs for life – shelter, water, air and food.

Key Stage 1

Four Seasons in One Day
Learn about the seasons with fun activities to highlight the important changes taking place at different times in the year and observe and describe weather.

Where the Wild Things Are
Find and identify some of our native wild animals (may include fish, amphibians, insects and birds). Understand who eats who and why. Uncover what animals need to survive and learn about life cycles.

Living Things and their Habitats

(full day programme)
Pond Exploration – Discover the creatures who live in the water and look at simple food chains.
Mini-beast Detectives – Find out where creatures live and what they need to survive.
Identification Challenge – Look for plants and animals in their habitat and figure out what they are called.

Plant Power
Find and identify common plants growing nearby. Through games and experiments learn about the basic structures, life cycles and needs of plants.

Lower Key Stage 2

Living Things and their Habitats
Nature Expedition – Use a variety of habitats (ponds, woodlands, grassland) to collect and observe different creatures. Find out how to group and classify a variety of living things and record where they live. Understand what a nature reserve is and the impact of human activities on the natural environment.

Flower Power
Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. Discover what plants need to grow and how they transport water. Investigate the plant life cycle from seed to seed.

Animal Safari
Explore different habitats and identify producers, predators and prey. Find out what an owl had for dinner by dissecting owl pellets and look at bones and make skeletons from the remains.

Upper Key Stage 2

Life Cycles
Look at insect, amphibian and bird life cycles. Look for signs of nests and eggs, study the different stages in insect lifecycles. Includes pond dipping.

Use different collection techniques to find species of plants and animals then work as a team to classify and identify them. Record your findings and create your own keys back at school.

Evolution and Inheritance
See how living things have changed over time, looking at fossils. Use varied resources to explore and identify different species of plants and animals and see how they have adapted to a certain way of life.

Programmes which can be adapted to suit all ages:

Navigate your way around our nature reserve using basic orienteering skills to find a range of clues. Work as a team to complete challenges and learn how to use a map and compass.

Explore a range of survival skills. Discuss the importance of shelter, food and water. In teams create a shelter using a range of materials, tie knots and test the shelters for strength. Whittle green sticks using potato peelers and try fire lighting.


The programmes are designed to complement each other; making a full day trip a really engaging experience for your school. To help support the work of Essex Wildlife Trust we ask for a suggested donation:

£4.00 donation per child - half day (minimum donation £65)
£6.00 donation per child - Full day (minimum donation £100)