Bring your school, college or university to one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s outstanding education facilities.
Our education programmes develop knowledge and understanding of the connections, cycles and needs of life.
We provide high-quality indoor and outdoor resources, including varied teaching spaces, specialist science equipment and a diversity of habitats. Sessions cover a wide range of curriculum topics and are enjoyable, inspiring, exciting and fun.
A day with your local Wildlife Trust provides an unforgettable experience for all students and helps to consolidate learning done at school.
More information on our education programmes:
Download our education programme leaflets:
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Colchester, CO2 0EU
Tel: 01206 738172
Our fantastic new Visitor Centre offers a modern base for your visit.
Discover a wide range of Environmental education programmes and also visit the nearby water treatment works to learn about the water cycle.
Abbotts Hall Farm Education Centre
Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Tel: 01621 862960
Visit our working arable farm to learn about food production and sustainable farming methods to help our farmland wildlife.
Find different habitats and understand the effects of breaching the sea wall and the salt marsh created.
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
Romford, RM4 1QH
Tel: 01708 748646
Bedfords Park is a fantastic place to come and explore with your school.
We have a plethora of habitats and wildlife to learn from: from meadows to lakes, woodlands to ponds - and not forgetting our resident herd of Red Deer.
Belfairs Woodland Centre
Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR
Tel: 01702 477467
The brand new Belfairs Woodland Centre offers your school the perfect base to discover the natural world.
With guidance from our skilled education team, children will experience hands-on learning in both an exciting and safe environment.
Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Thurrock, RM16 6RW
Tel: 01375 484016
Chafford Gorges Nature Park offers a variety of activities for schools and nurseries.
Topics we cover: Habitats Studies, Ponds, Bugs, Plants, Rock and Soils, Bush craft and Den-building, Birdwatching.
We have an on-site classroom, toilets, gift shop and more.
Fingrinhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Colchester, CO5 7DN
Tel: 01206 729678
Fingringhoe Wick is one of the county’s top wildlife sites. Uncover the secrets of woodlands, meadows, ponds, heathland and the Colne Estuary.
Our varied hands-on Environmental Education programme caters to all ages, from bug hunts for the early years to vegetation sampling for secondary pupils.
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Chelmsford, CM11 1WT
Tel: 01268 711001
We deliver tailor-made sessions for EYFS to KS4, on various topics including minibeasts, habitats, sustainability and woodland management, through investigations of our ancient woodland, reservoir, pond and grassland.
Langdon Visitor Centre
Basildon, SS16 6EB
Tel: 01268 419 103
We deliver tailor-made programmes to Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 in our pond, meadow and woodland habitats.
The Haven Plotland Museum provides pupils with a unique insight into home life in the past and during World War 2.
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0RN
Tel: 01375 643342
A visit to our stunning and innovative visitor centre built on a former landfill site will be an exciting and educational trip for all ages.
With superb views from our roof top over Mucking Flats and the Thames Estuary, our education programmes will inspire your students.
Gunners Park and Shoebury Ranges Nature Reserve, Shoebury
Tel: 01621 862960
Uncover the secrets of this exciting site, rich in historical and natural features.
Learn about how the site is managed and study the different habitats found here. Suitable for KS 3-5.
Hornchurch Country Park
Tel: 01708 520364
The site offers excellent learning opportunities for all Key Stages to study about the natural environment through habitat based activities.
The site has a wealth of World War I and II local history as the area was a former military airfield. There are good opportunities for river studies on the River Ingrebourne too, with safe access points to carry out a range of data gathering activities.
Chigwell, IG7 6DP
Tel: 0208 5003094
Offering a wide variety of bespoke programmes for Early Years/KS1 through to KS4. Groups can be taken on Tuesdays.
Whether dipping for creatures that live in our river or kneeling to look at flowers in the meadows - there is an abundance of wonderful new experiences to behold.