Working with primary schools

Working with primary schools to enhance outdoor learning

We deliver wildlife workshops and field trips to primary schools

Every school can benefit from our wildlife-based education activities. We can visit your school, grounds or local green spaces to deliver engaging and exciting outdoor learning for your classes.

We can visit sites with you or join your field trips – we have worked in so many areas from the Solway to Morecambe Bay and in the Lake District National Park, in nature reserves, parks, public spaces and school grounds.
Jamie Normington, Education and Volunteering Officer
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Why bring a wildlife workshop into the classroom?

Our wildlife workshops have strong curriculum links – from habitats to hedgehogs, nocturnal wildlife to plants and more in science, but can also support your themed projects, eco-work and learning outside the classroom plans, and provide creative inspiration for your literacy and artistic work.

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Dozens of schools are members of Wildlife Watch – our junior membership scheme - and receive termly materials to help with their classes and after-school clubs.

We also offer a terrific awards scheme suitable for all ages and abilities, and support those working towards the John Muir Award.

We are also developing a “Friends of the Ospreys” scheme for schools – following the success of our Foulshaw Moss nature reserve in helping these migratory birds to thrive once more in the UK. A great way to link your school with Africa via global wildlife.

What is the content of a typical wildlife workshop?

Each workshop includes a range of engaging activities to ensure all children can take part and learn at their own pace. Our visits are individually tailored to your needs through prior discussion. We welcome your requests!

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A typical workshop includes a range of activities to enhance learning through interactive discussion, practical tasks and creative games.

We will present real-life issues and where possible, exciting artefacts for children to study.

Some workshops have wonderful interactive costumes as part of the session - prepare to become a 6 foot tall tree, wildflower, bat or insect!

We can visit sites with you or join your field trips – we have worked in so many areas from the Solway to Morecambe Bay and in the Lake District National Park, in nature reserves, parks, public spaces and school grounds.