Free chalk stream sessions for schools and youth groups

Free chalk stream sessions for schools and youth groups

Chalk stream education session with Andover Cubs © HIWWT

Feeling adventurous? We're helping schools and youth groups in North and Central Hampshire to explore their local chalk streams, with fun and free education sessions.

What's more weird and wonderful than nature? How about a habitat which is found almost nowhere on Earth, comes from a giant rock sponge, and can vanish like it was never there? If you're a school or youth group near the Test and Itchen headwaters, explore the magical world of chalk streams with our free education sessions!

These seven streams are teeming with wildlife and heritage. Each one is a treasure trove of fascinating facts, but their rich history is matched by an uncertain future. We want to engage the next generation with these precious places, so they can protect and enjoy them for many years to come. Now, our young people can learn all about them through the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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Our sessions are designed to be flexible: some stand alone, while others combine to form a more in-depth learning experience. Liven up a class or assembly with an interactive talk that takes you on a journey from source to sea. Visit your local stream to dip for wildlife and hunt for heritage features. Up the ante further with quizzes, model building, landscape art, and achievement badges.

Sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays all year round. They are all free, although for a small cost you can add a visit to a mill, water meadow, or watercress farm. If your session involves travelling to one of the streams, then we can offer up to £150 towards your transport costs. No matter which location you choose, your time with us will be fun, hands-on, and memorable.

For more information visit the Wessex Rivers Trust website or contact the Watercress and Winterbournes Education Officer, Tracy Standish, at

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