At Northumberland Wildlife Trust, we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn about and have access to wildlife and wild places.
The Trust has a fantastic programme of activities on offer to schools and community groups. Our activities can be tailored towards both formal and informal education, within and outside the classroom, from playgroups and after-school clubs to teacher training. Sessions can involve classroom lessons, practical conservation training, and volunteering and local community projects.
Our community activities include walks, talks and events, providing volunteering opportunities, giving training and supporting people who want to work to maintain and improve their own local green spaces.
Our expert staff can bring you onto one of our great education sites, or we can come out to you in your grounds or local green space. In either case, you will see and learn something new and amazing.
Examples of activities we provide include:
• Identification and field skills
• Exercise and outdoor games
• Habitat creation
• Green space improvements for wildlife and amenity
• Sustainable lifestyles
• Infrastructure projects (eg. creating wildlife gardens or ponds)
• Professional services (eg. teacher training and community group setup)
• Walks, talks and events
For all activities we:
• Plan a day together that meets your needs
• Provide a full risk assessment and meet other health and safety requirements
• Provide CRB-checked staff
• Supply all tools and equipment
• Hold full public liability insurance
More details on these activities, who they are best suited to, where they can take place and other information can be found in our activities catalogue or by subscribing to our Wildlife Education Newsletter.
We have also created a fantastic Environmental Education Activities Pack, full of activities suitable for ages 4-14. Each section of the pack includes all the information and resources you would need to run a successful environmental activity. The pack has been designed with five of our sites in mind (St Nicholas Park, Fencerhill Woods, Weetslade Country Park, Big Waters and Prestwick Carr) but can be adapted and used at any site of your choice! The packs are £10 to buy (in book or CD form) and can be purchased from our shop.
We work in close partnership with other organisations, such as the Enviro Schools programme with Newcastle City Council, designed to make sure all schools and community groups are able to access our activities. You may also be interested to visit our Growing Healthy Naturally project page for a guide on developing school grounds.
Finally, please contact us to see how our tailored programmes can inspire and engage your school/community.