Visit some of the region's best nature reserves and allow our education team to inspire your class about the natural world.

  • Three fully equipped education centres

  • Sessions run by our experienced education team

  • Programmes built to your requirements

  • Early Years through to Key Stage 4

  • Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioners

  • Outreach programmes available in your own setting

We have an in-house team of environmental education specialists experienced in designing and delivering programmes in line with the National Curriculum. You can read more about our Education Team here.

Our LEA approved education centres in Preston, Bolton and Rufford provide our team of experts with the facilities to take learning beyond the classroom.

All our sessions are fully risk assessed and linked to The National Curriculum, Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, Every Child Matters Framework, each of the 8 doorways in the Sustainable Schools Framework and Eco-Schools Framework.

We also offer a range of services to transform your school grounds with Forest Schools learning spaces and other wildlife amenities. Find out more here.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Easily accessed from junction 31 of the M6 at Preston, Brockholes is the perfect place to bring your school group.

Our fully-equipped education centre forms part of our floating Visitor Village and provides a great base to explore the 106 hectare wetland and woodland nature reserve. Read more about school visits to Brockholes here.

Bolton Environmental Resource Centre

The location of the Environment Resource Centre makes it the perfect setting for children to explore the natural world. Students can step out of the building and have access to pond dipping, grasslands and woodland, all with disabled access.

For more in depth sessions, a ten minute walk leads to the very heart of Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, where students can engage with a vast amount of habitats including wildflower meadows, heathland, hedgerows, wetlands and the Bradshaw Brook. Find out more about the Bolton Environmental Resource Centre here.

The Hive at Moss Bank Park, Bolton

The Hive is a local food-growing project based at Moss Bank Park in Bolton.

The Hive offers a unique learning experience inspiring pupils of all ages and abilities to explore and actively learn about growing food, wildlife and the environment.

Click here for more information

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Located in Rufford, in the heart of the Lancashire countryside, Mere Sands Wood is a wildlife haven of woodland, lakes and meadows, all waiting to be explored.

LEA Health and Safety approved Mere Sands Wood comes complete with classroom facilities and pathways through the woodlands, which provide the perfect setting for minibeast hunts and earth walks.

Find out more here.

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