Attenborough Nature Centre has welcomed thousands of pupils from local schools and has provided them with a range of hands-on activities which are enjoyable, memorable, relevant and designed to bring them closer to their natural environment. We also run sessions for after school groups, such as wildlife clubs or scouting/guiding groups.

The Centre houses The Willow Den, a well-equipped education room which is an ideal base for exploring and investigating the different habitats on the Nature Reserve. Our qualified education team are very experienced in working with groups of children and young people. Sessions are led by members of staff and are assisted by dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.

For details of our programmes and how to book your visit please follow the links below.

It is important that you book in any self led visits so we can advise you of any limitations to access when you visit. A donation of £50 is requested for any self-led school visit.

Di Fisher

Foundation Level

Go wild about art, follow the Very Hungry Caterpillar, build your very own bird's nest, or find lots of creatures in the pond. These are just some of the fun activitiies your children could get up to on a trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve. Look inside to find out more!

Jordan Beard

Key Stage 1

Dressing up like a duck and making music in the woods are all part of a visit to Attenborough Nature Reserve. Add in some wonderful habitats to explore, and your visit will be fun and you will learn lots too! Look inside to find out more.

Jack Perks

Key Stage 2

Exploring different habitats may be a popular choice amongst teachers, but you could also become a Wild Scientist, generate your own renewable energy, or find out about the Green Man. Look inside for more details.

Di Fisher

Key Stage 3

Investigate three different habitats in Attenborough Nature Reserve. Learn how to sample and identify species. Investigate the effects of humans on thse habitats, Look inside for details.

A Level

Our AS/A2 programme offers non-residential day courses to cover relevant aspects of the Biology, Applied Science and Environmental Science specifications. Look inside for more details.

Jack Perks

Health and Safety Information

We are proud of our safety record and strive to maintain our high standards. All our staff are first aid trained and will carry kits with them when they are out on the Reserve. The activities are risk assessed and copies of these are sent out to schools in advance of their visit.

Di Fisher

Booking Your Visit

Booking your visit is easy but it is best to book early, particularly for the busy spring and summer months. See inside for information on booking a visit.