Nature underpins our entire society so it's vital children are able to connect with the natural world.
Study after study has shown that “environments rich in wildlife are also associated with improved well-being, through emotional, social and psychological benefits.” (Bragg et al, 2015) We also know that children are happier, healthier and more creative when connected to the natural world (The Wildlife Trusts, 2015), and more able to cope with stressful situations (Wells & Evans, 2003).
An Ofsted report in 2008 found that “when planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.”
Bring your nursery, school or college to one of Wildlife Trust BCN'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. Our sessions are planned with children in mind, involving a range of engaging, hands-on activities to suit all learning styles. Every session aims to encourage enquiry, creativity and teamwork as well as delivering subject-specific learning outcomes. We cater for all ages and abilities.
Example of programmes on offer
Bedfordshire - The Tiny Creatures of the Big Hills (Key stage 1&2) - takes place in your school
Let us inspire your pupils about the unique North Chilterns Chalk landscape where we live and the fantastic wildlife that is on our doorstep.
Using our giant floor map and through activities such as searching for wildlife in the school grounds, we meet some amazing characters and learn about their life cycles - these are the tiny creatures of the big hills!
Through interactive storytelling, children will learn how they fit into this amazing living landscape and simple things they can do to help their local wildlife.
Cambridgeshire - Wild Journeys Habitats Through Time (Year Two - Year Six) - Paxton Pits Environmental Centre
This school programme is directed at Year Two - Year Six and runs from April – September.
Pupils undertake an amazing wild journey through time, equipped with time travel wristbands, explorer kits and time dials to discover how Paxton Pits became so important for wildlife stopping off at key points in history to undertake exciting activities, including fossil hunting, pond dipping, birdwatching and sweep netting.
Find your local learning experience
Our Activity Centres provide wonderful natural settings with dedicated teams leading engaging ways for families to enjoy the outdoors. These include bug hunts, pond dipping, den building, insect days and night adventures looking for bats, glow worms and magnificent moths.