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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Set on a beautiful fellside, this 18-acre park has a wonderful rural feel where young people feel instantly at home, enjoying the best of the countryside and the resulting study opportunities on offer.
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Give your school group an unforgettable learning experience at the Tropical Butterfly House. You will find our curriculum-based Education Programme is flexible, interactive and lots of fun!
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Real Adventure is a mobile organisation offering bespoke outdoor education courses across the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.
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At Beaudesert Park we have been welcoming groups since 1938, it attracts groups from all over the UK and beyond. Over 45000 activity days are regularly delivered each year, there is plenty of week-day capacity for young people from schools and colleges.
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South Cerney Outdoor is a lake and land outdoor education adventure centre perfect for school trips and educational groups, set in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park and designated a site of special scientific interest.
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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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The wildlife park & rescue zoo is great for school trips studying animal care, specialising in a wide variety of captivating animals, from exotic mammals, fearsome carnivores to stunning reptiles & some of your favourite farmyard friends.
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The GBC Outdoor Education Centre based at the heart of the Hampshire. Delivering quality educational experiences to young people from Reception YR upwards.
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Coloured Cob Equestrian Centre is situated at Bank House Farm, nestled in the small village of Creswell, Worksop. Built in 1610, the property is steeped in history and is set within 35 acres of land, just off J30 of the M1.
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The James Leal Centre is a new state of the art, eco building within Ray Park, which was officially opened in Dec 2009. Packed full of sustainable features with a bold contemporary look, it is well designed to meet with the modern needs of all users.
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Mini Meadows Farm Northamptonshire is ideal for school trips and educational visits, the farm activities cover Keystage 1-2 of the national curriculum and they can tailor make a trip to your groups needs. Perfect for a primary farm school trip.
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Avon Wildlife Trusts’ Feed Bristol is a six acre community learning hub & native wildflower nursery, perfect for school trips in an urban setting.
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