Secondary schools

Outdoor Learning

Secondary schools

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

Based on current Government advice on Covid19, Nower Wood and Bay Pond education centres are closed up until 31 August.

Bookings for visits & courses after 31 August are currently unaffected. We are currently unable to take new bookings for school visits but birthday parties, holiday club and adult learning courses may be booked online.

Please contact info@surreywt.org.uk if you have any urgent queries.

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Belmont Preparatory School

Outdoor education programmes

Our secondary outdoor education programmes are designed to enhance learning through hands-on, practical experience in the natural environment.

Our approach

It is well-known that the best way to learn is through practical experience and our secondary programmes use field studies, scientific investigation techniques and real-world examples to demonstrate concepts in biology, geography and environmental studies.

Once you've chosen your sessions from the programme guides below, get in touch to book your visit. One of our tutors will then contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail, answer any questions and will provide you with a plan of the day.

Our education centres

Our two education centres each have large, private nature reserves to give your class a unique, immersive experience and to give you peace of mind regarding their safety.  Visit Bay Pond, near Godstone, or Nower Wood, near Leatherhead. Find more information on both of our centres here.

Nower Wood Education Centre

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

A typical day

Schools typically choose two of our half day sessions or one full day session. A day runs from 10:00 to 15:00 for KS3, from 10:00 to 15:30 for KS4 and from 9:30 to 16:00 for A Level programmes, with a break for your packed lunch. All of our activities are planned and presented with the students' safety in mind, and are led by experienced staff who are First Aid trained and DBS checked.

All of our programmes can be tailored to your needs and syllabus requirements. Download our Programme Guides below to see more about our sessions and prices.

Student with magnifying glass

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

Booking enquiries

Choose your sessions from the KS3, KS4 and A Level programme guides above then get in touch to book your visit:

Email education.centres@surreywt.org.uk
Call 01372 379509

Introductory Video

You can use the introductory video below to help your SEND students prepare for their visit.

DIY Outdoor Learning

Wildlife discovery kits available for hire

We also have Wildlife Discovery kits available for hire. They contain specialist equipment and are available to all schools, community groups and youth groups across Surrey. From £5 to £25 per week (a refundable deposit is required for each loan).

Below is a list of the kits available

Bat Detector Box

Hear and discover the sounds of the night!

  • 9 Bat detectors
  • 2 Blue Explore bat detectors
  • Hi-vis jackets
  • 3 wind up torches
  • 1 lantern

£25 per week (£50 refundable deposit required)

Moth Trap

Use a light source to attract moths!

  • Moth trap with light source, moths can be identified and counted before being safely released.

£25 per week (£50 refundable deposit required).

Investigating Plants

what’s growing under your feet?

  • 5 metre rules
  • 5 frame quadrats
  • 5 grid quadrats
  • 2 50m tape measures
  • 6 plant identification keys
  • 3 clinometers

£5 per week (a refundable £25 deposit is required)

Hedgehog/Footprint Tunnels

Detect hedgehogs and small mammals

  • 3 footprint tunnels
  • instruction pack

  • resources for surveying
  • Mammal footprint guide

£5 per week for 3 tunnels (£25 refundable deposit is required)

Minibeast Explorers

Identify the mini-beasts in your grounds

  • 30 magnifying viewing pots

  • 6 minibeast collecting trays

  • 1 sweep net
  • 1 beating tray
  • 12 identification keys
  • 30 wooden spoons

£5 per week (a £25 refundable deposit required)

Fun with Freshwater

Discover an exciting underwater world

  • 5 pond dipping nets

  • 5 white collecting trays

  • 30 magnifying viewing pots
  • 6 identification keys
  • Plastic spoons

£5 per week (a refundable £25 deposit is required)

Whatever the Weather

Learn about the wonders of weather

  • 2 cup anemometers
  • 2 rain gauges

  • 1 digital anemometer
  • 2 compasses
  • 2 cloud identification keys
  • 6 thermometers
  • 1 digital hygrometer

£5 per week (a £25 refundable deposit is required).

Cost: £25 per week

(A £50 refundable deposit is required with these bookings)

Availability

For more information and availability please email outreach@surreywt.org.uk or contact Victoria Pinder 01483 663300. Kits are available for collection from either Nower Wood, Leatherhead or our HQ in Pirbright (near Woking).

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