You can come to us

You can come to us

Children in river © carolinejenkinsphotography.co.uk

You can come to us for outdoor education

We provide learning outside the classroom on our nature reserves for schools and groups, from Early Years education right up to A-Level, giving students the opportunity to explore and discover a wide variety of natural environments.

Choose from one of our visit packages or work with our Education Officer’s to create a tailor-made visit which matches your group’s requirements. All visits are planned during a pre-visit with our Education Officers.

We hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Where you can find us and booking information

For more information on which activities can be carried out in a particular site or area, please contact the relevant Education Centre from the list below.

Please note that due to high demand, we recommend six months advance booking.

Children pond dipping © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Blashford Lakes, Ringwood

An attractive 360 acre nature reserve, these former gravel pits encompass lake, pond, river, woodland and grassland habitats.

More about Blashford Lakes Online enquiry form 

blashfordlakes@hiwwt.org.uk
01425 472760

School children on a nature reserve visit © Paul Harris/2020VISION

School children on a nature reserve visit © Paul Harris/2020VISION

Bouldnor Forest, Isle of Wight

Bouldnor Forest nature reserve is 105 hectares of heathland, ponds, conifer plantation and mature woodland, boasting strong populations of red squirrels.

More about Bouldnor Forest  Online enquiry form

ioweducation@hiwwt.org.uk 
01983 760018

Children pond dipping © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Pond dipping © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Swanwick Lakes, Fareham

Swanwick Lakes nature reserve is a beautiful mosaic of habitats such as lakes, woodland and flower-filled meadows.

More about Swanwick Lakes Online enquiry form

swanwicklakes@hiwwt.org.uk 
01489 570240

Children outdoor learning © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Children outdoor learning © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Testwood Lakes, Totton

Testwood Lakes nature reserve has rivers, lakes, woods, meadows and even a Bronze Age Roundhouse.

More about Testwood Lakes  Online enquiry form 
 

testwoodlakes@hiwwt.org.uk 
02380 667929

Children in river © carolinejenkinsphotography.co.uk

Children in river © carolinejenkinsphotography.co.uk

Winchester nature reserves

Enjoy clear chalk streams, rustling reedbeds and historic water meadows. Our ‘ministream’ is the perfect place to discover the creatures which live in this habitat.

More about Winchester Online enquiry form

Winchestereducation@hiwwt.org.uk
01962 828629

Forest School

Our Forest School Programme

We also offer Forest School sessions which cover a range of topics and develop social, emotional, communication and physical skills. Our Forest School programmes provide six or more sessions for groups of 12-15 children or young people.

More about our Forest School Programme

Charges and Suggested Donations

Educational visits

Suggested Donation:
Full day £7 per head (minimum £100 for full day)
Half day £4 per head (minimum £60 for half day)

Talks, walks and activities for organised groups

Suggested Donation:
Full day £7 per head (minimum £80 for full day)
Half day £4 per head (minimum £40 for half day)

Forest School

From £100* per session. Max 15 children per group. Min six sessions.

* Mileage charges may apply, depending upon location. A half day is two hours, full day is four hours or over.

Staff & Safety

Providing an excellent experience in a safe environment is extremely important to us, and we know how important it is to you.

All our staff are trained in Outdoor First Aid and all staff and volunteers are DBS checked. Our small class sizes ensure that there is always a high staff-pupil ratio.

Before each visit rigorous risk assessments are carried out and all equipment used in sessions are well maintained.