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Our diverse range of courses throughout the year aim to inform, inspire and connect people with nature.

Our events are delivered at a range of venues across the county. These include our purpose-built Education Centres at Nower Wood and Bay Pond, our own nature reserves and local community centres. Drawing upon the expertise of our staff, external specialists and professional awarding bodies we offer wild experiences, creative crafts and skills workshops. We really do have something to suit everyone!

Click here to see our interactive Course List for 2017

Click here to download our printable pdf overview of this years' courses 

Click here to read our Testimonials


The courses follow five broad themes:


We share our expertise and passion for local species and habitats through these diverse events. Day courses include in-depth explorations of protected species and habitats and longer courses of 3-5 days cover a range of topics with a common theme such as woodlands, rivers or geology.
Courses include:

  • Great crested newts
  • Our native reptiles
  • Mammal tracks and signs
  • Bird identification

Art and Craft

We use nature and natural settings to inspire creativity. Open to complete beginners and those more experienced, our creative courses can cater for everyone. Learn how to create beautiful ornaments and baskets, incorporate nature into literature, and see the natural world in a whole new way.
Courses include:

  • Willow weaving
  • Green woodworking
  • Creative writing
  • Digital photography

Professional Development

There are many opportunities to improve your professional skills and employability with Surrey Wildlife Trust. We provide training courses both with our own skilled staff and through accredited external trainers. Many offer professional, certified qualifications upon completion.
Courses include:

  • Outdoor first aid
  • Outdoor food hygiene
  • Tree survey and inspection

Conservation Skills

Our countryside management courses provide technical expertise for use in the workplace or at home. From using specialist tools to managing volunteers, we can give you the skills you need to do the job.
Courses include:

  • Field survey techniques
  • Coppicing
  • Tree felling
  • Leading guided walks

Forest Schools

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that promotes the reconnection between people and their natural environment. We believe that taking learning outside is good for promoting self-esteem, wellbeing, behaviour, co-operative learning and problem solving.
For many years our team of qualified and experienced Forest School Leaders have been providing training for local teachers and practitioners to become Forest School Leaders. Training includes a background to the forest school approach to learning, practical skills and woodland management, and how to establish and deliver your own programme.
Courses include:

  • Forest School Taster Sessions
  • Forest School Leader (Level 3)
  • Assistant (Level 2)

Click here for more information and booking on Forest Schools courses.



Forest School Taster, 21st Jan 2017

  • Relaxed atmosphere and very informative about forest schools. Great to try out the activities!
  • [The instructor] was very friendly and welcoming and his passion for Forest schools shines through. This was perfect to give me a taste before committing to the full course.
  • Very informative, friendly, honest, well balanced and fun!
  • Just a massive thank you and I will be brave and book a Level 3 course. Such a great way to look into Forest Schooling.

Wetland Birds of Surrey, 22nd Jan 2017

  • Very enjoyable. Gained some knowledge which has prompted me to study further.

Christmas Decorations, 3rd Dec 2016

  • A lovely afternoon of festive crafts and giggles!
  • [The instructors] are very welcoming and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Tool Sharpening , 25th Oct 2016

  • It was a productive and enjoyable morning and I am so pleased to have acquired these new skills

Photography - Autumn, 23rd Oct 2016

  • I have been on 8 or 9 photography courses [with SWT], all very good, don’t think you can improve!

Bat Ecology course, 12th Oct 2016

  • Really well run and thoroughly enjoyable evening – thank you!
  • Hands on with live bats – overall a very enjoyable and easily digestible session

Bluebell photography, 8th May 2016

  • A great course; wide variety of abilities but not daunting and everyone shared knowledge and experiences
  • I learnt a lot today and thoroughly enjoyed the course, thank you very much!


 Course List 2017

Click on the course below to find out more information and to book, or click here for details of all the courses we offer. Those not underlined have yet to be listed on our website but have been scheduled. We will continuously update this list for your reference.




12th - Tree Surveying

17th - Pruning Trees

21st- Forest School Taster

22nd - Wetland Birds

26th - RSPB’s Garden Bird ID 

4th - Ropes, Knots, Shelters & Fires

7th - Coppicing: Why & How

13th-14th - REC Outdoor First Aid Level 2

23rd - Paint, Mud & Ground Art


2nd - Leading Spring Walks

10th - Making Willow Baskets

14th - Identifying Trees in Winter

16th - Forest School Taster

20th-24th - Forest School Leader Level 3

21st - Animal Tracks & Signs

28th - Beginners’ Field Survey  


May June

2nd - Wild Writing

8th - Wildlife Mosaics

11th - Perfect Ponds

24th-25th - Forest School Leader Level 3

25th - Woodland Wildflowers

28-29th - Amphibian Ecology & Surveying 

7th - Dawn Chorus Walk

8th - Photography: Woodland Bluebells

9th - Reptile Ecology and Survey

13th - Sketch-Stitch Folding Bookforms

20th - Outdoor Play for Adults

22nd - Food Safety Level 2 Award

25th - Animal Homes for your Garden 

3rd - Photography: Insects & Flowers

7th - Spring Lecture Series 1

8th - Introduction to Dormice

10th - Forest School Taster

12th - Investigating Insects

14th - Spring Lecture Series 2

21st - Spring Lecture Series 3

22-23rd - REC Outdoor First Aid Level 2

28th - Spring Lecture Series 4

29th - Grasses, Sedges & Rushes ID 


August September

2nd - Wild Writing

2nd - Dragonflies – Ecology & ID

4th - Butterfly Gardening

11th - Wildflower ID – Chalk Grassland

12th - Bees for Beginners

13th - Wetland Plant ID

18th  - Introduction to Moths

27th - Close Up & Macrophotography


8th - Landscape Photography 


5th - Scything

12-13th - REC Outdoor First Aid Level 2

14th - Woodland Conservation 1

21st - Woodland Conservation 2

27th - Jams & Chutneys

28th - Woodland Conservation 3 

October November


12th - Introduction to Badgers

13th - Forest School Taster

14th - Fungi Identification

22nd - Fungi & Autumn Photography 

2nd - Introduction to Astronomy

7th - Woodland Management 1

8th - Arts & Crafts: Theme tbc

12th - Winter Lecture Series 1

14th - Woodland Management 2

19th - Winter Lecture Series 2

21st - Woodland Management 3

26th - Winter Lecture Series 3

28th - Apple Tree Pruning 

2nd - Christmas Decorations Workshop




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