Education activities at Wildwood fall into three main categories: Workshops, Tours and ‘Animal Focus Talks’. Tours and workshops last an hour for up to 30 participants and are £40 per session, while ‘Animal Focus Talks’ are shorter, just 15 minutes for 15 participants at a total of £15.

Workshops

Structured sessions held in our designated learning spaces (which range from an indoor classroom to a woodland glade) with links to the National Curriculum. See below for more information.

Tours

Guided walks around Wildwood led by an experienced presenter. Often these are just a general look at the site, but many different topics can be highlighted such as conservation, habitats, history and ecology. See below for more information.

Animal Focus Talks

Short talks on specific animals, delivered by that animal’s enclosure. These are particularly handy for groups that don’t have much time, money or attention, or just want to explore Wildwood by themselves.

15 minute session, £15 per group, max 15 children per group.

Visit an animal of your choice (subject to births, seasonal behaviour, etc.), find out more about them and have your questions answered by a member of our education team. Typically, animal artefacts will be available for handling, such as shed fur or replica skulls.
Please note: on health and safety grounds, visitors do not touch or feed the animals.
Outdoors

And we’re more than happy to produce bespoke experiences at no additional charge!

KS1 Workshops

60 minute session, £40 per group, max 30 children per group.

Animal Homes

From holts and setts to forms and dreys, animal homes are just as varied as their owners. Real examples of nests and similar structures constructed by minibeasts, birds and mammals allow students to investigate what are they made from, why were they built and, most importantly, which animal belongs to which home!
Indoors

Awesome Owls

Hear about an owl’s terrible table manners, what they like to eat and how they catch their food in the dark. Then take apart an owl ‘pellet’ and see if you can identify what they last ate! Find out what makes these birds so stealthy and if owls really do say ‘too-whit-too-whoo’.
Indoors

Busy Bees

Honeybee numbers have crashed terribly in recent years, but why should that worry us? Uncover the hidden world of these vital and complex insects. Practise the bee dance, get a bees-eye view of the world and unravel the secrets of how to make honey.
Indoors

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs captivate the imaginations of children and adults alike, providing a brilliant introduction into Earth Science. Handle genuine fossils that are millions of years old, investigate how dinosaurs differed from other prehistoric creatures and observe how a dinosaur skeleton becomes preserved inside layers of rock.
Indoors

Food Chains

Learn the differences between producers, predators and prey through dressing up. Play games to show how all parts of a food chain depend upon each other. Get hands on with amazing carnivore, herbivore and omnivore skulls to investigate their differences and see if you can identify who is who.
Indoors

Green Plants

Without plants, humans could not survive, but plants are so unlike us, they seem like aliens. Explore through role play what a plant needs to grow, then get hands-on with some live plants to name their different parts and determine their functions. Play the pollination game, handle a variety of real seeds and discover the diverse ways that they are spread.
Indoors

Habitats

Forests, deserts, grasslands, caverns – habitats come in a bewildering variety. Discover what animals need from their habitat in order to survive. Find out through roleplay which animals live in which habitat and why they are so well suited to living there, which introduces adaptations. Then put your detective skills to the test by matching genuine animal artefacts with their true habitat.
Indoors

Hibernation and Winter Survival

Explore what seasonal changes happen within a woodland during the winter and why this causes problems for many of its residents. Experience what hibernation is like and why it can be risky. And discover alternative ways of surviving winter used by animals that don’t hibernate.
Indoors

Lifecycles

Certain organisms undergo extreme changes through their lives – their adult and juvenile forms may even be accidentally identified as separate species! Experience through roleplay what a seed needs to grow. Discuss whether tadpoles are more like frogs or fishes. Follow the transformation of a butterfly by dressing-up, then try sorting insect life-cycle models into their correct order.
Indoors

Let’s Talk Wolf

Meet Wilf the wolf puppet as we reveal the surprising ways that wolves communicate with each other. Take a closer look at how posture and body language are used by both wolves and humans to show their emotions. Test your senses against those of a wolf through fun challenges and compete in a howl-off as we teach you to do it properly!
Indoors

Nocturnal Animals

Find out why some native animals prefer coming out at night and explore their extraordinary nocturnal world. How does a badger recognise other members of its clan? Why do owls have wonky ears? How can bats catch moths even in complete darkness? You’ll discover the answers through interactive activities and innovative games.
Indoors

Predators

Enter the dangerous world of predatory animals to find out if they’re really as bad as we believe. Meet some unexpected British predators and investigate the benefits and drawbacks of being a carnivore. Explore the remarkable senses used by hunting animals and discover why predators are vital to their environments.
Indoors

Rainforests

Rainforests may seem a world away from Wildwood, but there are more similarities than you might think. Compare tropical rainforests with our local woodlands, examine which Wildwood animals have unexpected jungle cousins and discover how everyone can help to save these vibrant and diverse ecosystems.
Indoors

Variety of Life

Millions of animals share Planet Earth with us in a dazzling variety of shapes, sizes, colours and lifestyles. Learn how scientists practise classification by sorting plastic models. Dress up to discover how to distinguish between backboned animals such as birds, mammals and reptiles – who has fur, feathers, scales or gills? Investigate similarities and differences by getting hands-on with genuine animal artefacts.
Indoors

For further information, just contact our Education Department on education@wildwoodtrust.org or 01227 209620.

KS1 Tours

60 minute session, £40 per group, max 30 children per group.

General

Discover more about the animals at Wildwood with fantastic facts about their lifestyles, habitats, diet and conservation. Ideal for a fun day out or if you don’t want to focus on a single topic. Students will observe at least four of our animals and have their questions answered by a member of our education team.
Outdoors

Habitats

Learn about animal homes naturally occurring in our ancient woodland setting and within our enclosures, including badger setts, otter holts, wolf dens and ant nests. Discover how each animal is suited to life in their particular habitat. Students will observe at least four of our animals and have their questions answered by a member of our education team.
Outdoors

Hungry Mouths

Discover what our animals eat both in captivity and in the wild. Compare a carnivore, a herbivore and an omnivore and learn how to recognise prey animals from predators. Students will observe at least four of our animals and have their questions answered by a member of our education team.
Outdoors

For further information, just contact our Education Department on education@wildwoodtrust.org or 01227 209620.