Schools & Colleges

Schools and colleges

Bring your nursery, school or college to one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s outstanding education facilities or we can bring our expertise to you.

Exploring the great outdoors is incredibly worthwhile for all ages. Students will gain knowledge and develop practical skills through programmes linked to the curriculum or make use of numerous enrichment opportunities at our education centres or at your site. We cater for all ages and abilities.

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General Enquiries
Telephone: 01621 862992 or Email

Pre-school clubs

Carol Durrell - River Photography

Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Freedom and time to explore a variety of natural environments provides an infinite learning opportunity during early years. We facilitate learning through nature to meet the EYFS framework and guide children through their exploration of the natural world both at our sites or we can bring workshops to explore wildlife at your site.

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Family activities

Photo: Carol Durrel / River Photography

Key Stages 1 & 2

Our beautiful nature reserves provide a fantastic learning resource for activities such as orienteering, bush craft and habitat exploration such as pond dipping and minibeast surveys. They can be adapted for a wide range of groups. Alternatively, we can bring workshops to explore the wildlife at your site.

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KS3 and 4

Key Stages 3 and 4

The natural world provides us with the perfect case study for developing skills relating to scientific attitudes, experimental skills and investigations, ecosystems and geographical skills and fieldwork. We can help you to select the perfect site to fit your requirements depending on whether you are investigating coastal processes, studying ecological succession or investigating other aspects of the natural world or human impacts. You can come to our sites or we can travel to your site.

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A level Students

A level

Our sites provide a range of habitats including saltmarsh, coastal areas including coastal realignment, ponds, woodland and meadows.  These provide the opportunities for developing skills relating to scientific attitudes, experimental skills and investigations, ecosystems and geographical skills and fieldwork. We provide all equipment and expertise and can help you select the perfect site to fit your requirements depending on whether you are investigating coastal processes, studying ecological succession or investigating other aspects of the natural world or human impacts.

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Grounds Development

Grounds development

We work with pupils and staff to assess your site for wildlife and to plan and design and plant up areas. We also rejuvenate existing areas. Habitat creation includes living willow structures, orchards, pond, invertebrate habitats, hedgerow, wildflower meadow, sensory garden, wildlife borders, bug hotel, habitat logs, stag beetle pyramid and nectar border. We will leave you with a management plan to look after it.

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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Our centres

Bring your school to visit one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s outstanding education centres. With 12 sites across Essex, you will be sure to find the perfect trip for your school. Each site offers unique opportunities to learn about and explore the natural environment with modern classroom facilities and resources.

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Adult training inset days

Inset / CPD days

We offer inset days and twilight courses at your site; regular Forest Skills days to up skill Forest School leaders and accredited two day Outdoor Learning courses at our sites to train staff to use the outdoors to deliver the curriculum creatively,  learn to identify wildlife and demonstrate simple activities to make best use of your site and improve it for the benefits of learning and wildlife.

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Quality Badge

Essex Wildlife Trust was pleased to be award the Quality Badge in October 2018.

The LOtC Quality Badge is a national award combining the essential elements of provision - learning and safety - into ONE easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme.