Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Children need nature. Nature needs children. A Wildlife and Nature Reserve school trip can make a fantastic impression on children & young people with their learning & discovery, emotional & physical wellbeing, inspiring them to become environmentally responsible individuals. Studies have defined that outdoor learning can have positive impacts concerning critical thinking, creative questioning and problem solving, allowing students to think about issues important to their lives and the world outside of the classroom. Modern life has brought with it some incredible advances in technology, but has also led to some very rapid changes in ways of living that can have an adverse health impacts. Through a school wildlife & nature reserve visit, pupils can learn about wildlife and nature first hand making the teaching more vivid and interesting and expanding their understanding of the subject at hand. Additionally, nature is a major motivational factor for exercise, with very strong evidence to suggest that being outdoors and attracted to wildlife & nature leads to children, young people & adults increasing their activity levels, enjoyment, relaxation and lowering stress and mental health problems. A school visit to a wildlife and nature reserve can appeal to Early Years Foundation Stage children, Key stages 1 to 4 and university students; from talks to explorations to educational workshops, day visits and residential stays, most of our listed venues can help teachers plan visits that are related to curriculum lessons such as mathematics, science and social studies, with wildlife & nature in mind.


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Internationally important tree collection that is managed by the Forestry Commission. Westonbirt is a great place for students of all ages to come to experience the outdoor environment, learn through exploration, inquiry, investigation & natural play. 
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14.5 acres of grounds is large and adventurous enough for any school cohort, but with the Hall at the centre of the grounds it's a safe and contained space.
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Wildlife park for British animals only, past & present, set in an ancient coppiced woodland. The education team uses both the animal collection (including wolves, lynx, owls, deer, wild boar, bison, badgers, elk & reindeer) & the woodland for teaching.
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Iron Age settlements, Roman forts, medieval abbeys, Tudor castles, Victorian mansions and gardens, World War fortresses - you name it, our exceptional out of the classroom sites offer unlimited cross-curricular learning opportunities.
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As well as the historic nature of the house and the beauty of its surroundings we offer a range of easily tailored on-site activities including a History Tour, team building and problem solving, outdoor activities such as den building and camp fires.
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Located in the New Forest National Park, Avon Tyrrell, the UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre is an established site offering outdoor learning opportunities.
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Based in Somerset, we offer everything you need for an educational, fun-packed school trip. With over 100 different animal species (from chicks to elephants!), we provide great learning opportunities for all ages and abilities.
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Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer offers high quality outdoor and adventurous activities with on site accommodation for up to 70 students and support staff.
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English Heritage is to be applauded for their development of the Discovery Visits, which interpret the story of a site and give a sense of time and place to visiting schools.
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English Heritage is to be applauded for their development of the Discovery Visits, which interpret the story of a site and give a sense of time and place to visiting schools.
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Family run outdoor education centre, offering a complete range of services from a full board outdoor adventure programme though to just accommodation. Fully licensed, insured and using experienced, well qualified instructors.
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Our programmes incorporate Lasergaming, Oxfordshire's ONLY High Ropes Tree-Top adventure Course, Tree climbing, Crate Stacking, orienteering, team challenges, team task stations and much more.
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