School trips


School trips

Educate and inspire

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

We have an in-house team of environmental education specialists experienced in designing and delivering programmes in-line with the National Curriculum. 

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 eight doorways in the Sustainable Schools Framework and Eco-Schools Framework.

We also offer a range of services to transform your school grounds with Forest School learning spaces and other wildlife amenities. 

A wonderful experience for 'hands on' science.
Rose Grove Infants, Burnley

Programmes built to your requirements

(c) Emma Ackerley

Early years through to Key Stage 4

Level 3 Forest School Practitioners

Outreach programmes available in your own settings

Find a spot for your school trip

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

Each centre has its own charm and they are all surrounded by  a range of habitats and wildlife, making them the perfect locations for hands-on, outdoor learning sessions for all ages.

We also offer a range of educational programmes at The Hive, our food-growing project based at Moss Bank Park in Bolton.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Visitor Village by Bentham Imaging

Bentham Imaging

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. 

Your school will have use of the education centre on our floating visitor village and you will have our highly-qualified Education Officers dedicated to your group throughout the day.

In addition, your school can now get even closer to nature at Brockholes by booking an education session in our purpose-built bird hide classroom, The Look Out, which overlooks our No 1 Pit lake.

As well as being one of the most important sites in the UK for breeding waders, No 1 Pit provides great views of our sand martin wall, which provides a valuable breeding habitat for the birds when they arrive in spring. For more information on ‘The Lookout’ click here.

Self-led visits and outreach programmes are also available.

Contact Us

To view our education programmes, download the leaflet below. For more information click here to visit the Brockholes website, call us on 01772 872000 or email

Mere Sands Wood

Mere Sands wood

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.

Mere Sands Wood nature reserve comes complete with classroom facilities and fully accessible pathways through the woodlands.

The site has parking facilities and is easily accessible from the A59. Our key programmes (for Key Stages 1-4) include mini beast hunts, pond-dipping, earth walks, wildlife surveying and nature conservation.

Contact Us

To enquire about a school visit just get in touch with us by calling 01704 821809 or emailing

Bolton Environmental Resource Centre


The Environmental Resource Centre sits on the edge of the magnificent wildlife haven, Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, making 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.

Facilities include two purpose-built classrooms, the larger of which can accommodate groups of up to 60 children. Our large classroom has an interactive smartboard to help introduce those tricky subjects but the real classroom is outside the window!

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 an array of habitats including wildflower meadows, heathland, hedgerows, wetlands, woodland and the Bradshaw Brook.

Contact Us

Click the link below to view our ERC education leaflet. For more information about our education programmes at Bolton please contact the Education team on 01772 872017 or