Learning Officer John Clifton, showing school children a leech while pond-dipping, Goldthorpe Primary School reserve trip, RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve, South Yorkshire

School trip ideas

Visit one of our stunning nature reserves and let us provide your students with unique and memorable learning experiences.

Visits to reserves

You can choose from a selection of half or full-day programmes that will get your group exploring the natural world with exciting hands-on activities. 

Led by our professional learning staff, programmes are linked to curriculum topics and are carefully crafted so that you and your classes get the most out of their time outdoors.

We look forward to seeing you and your class soon!

Find a schools reserve near you

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    • Avalon Marshes

      Avalon Marshes

      Have fun discovering bitterns, otters, dragonflies, ancient heritage and much more in the Somerset levels

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    • Bempton Cliffs

      Bempton Cliffs

      The best place in England to bring your class to see, hear and smell seabirds!

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    • Conwy


      Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year. A safe haven on the north Wales coast for thousands of waders, and for your class!

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    • Old Moor

      Old Moor

      A wildlife haven in the Dearne Valley, with outdoor learning and fun for all ages at the heart of its work.

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    • Fairburn Ings

      Fairburn Ings

      A wildlife oasis providing a fantastic hands-on learning resource in the heart of West Yorkshire.

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    • Leighton Moss

      Leighton Moss

      Enjoy a fascinating day exploring a beautiful nature reserve packed with rare wetland habitats. Special birds, deer and butterflies aplenty!

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    • Loch Leven

      Loch Leven

      An inspirational reserve where children can have an active, hands-on experience, exploring and learning about the natural world.

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    • Lochwinnoch


      Children can use all their senses while investigating the wildlife at this wonderful wetland reserve. It's the perfect spot to watch whooper swans, wigeons and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months.

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    • Minsmere


      A trip to Minsmere isn't so much about what you'll explore, but what not to explore!

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    • Newport Wetlands

      Newport Wetlands

      This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, but is a great place for people too with our visitor centre, a cafe, shop and children's play area. A wildlife haven on the edge of the city to inspire your class!

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    • Pagham Harbour & Medmerry

      Pagham Harbour & Medmerry

      Pagham Harbour & Medmerry are glorious and peaceful nature reserves, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast, and internationally important wetland site for wildlife.

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    • Rainham Marshes

      Rainham Marshes

      Bringing the curriculum to life: thrilling encounters with the natural world in an urban environment.

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    • Ribble Discovery Centre

      Ribble Discovery Centre

      Come to our visitor centre on the edge of Fairhaven Lake and join us to experience magical mud, hidden habitats and amazing animals.

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    • Rye Meads

      Rye Meads

      For a great family trip, visit this delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee. Rye Meads is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too.

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    • Saltholme


      Come and explore our huge wetland and all its wildlife and awaken your pupils senses to nature.

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    • Sandwell Valley

      Sandwell Valley

      You can escape for an hour or two at this oasis for wildlife, less than five miles from the centre of Birmingham. Let your pupils take first steps and giant leaps into the wildlife that abounds at Sandwell Valley.

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    • Dungeness


      If you haven't been to Dungeness, nothing can quite prepare you for this landscape - mile after mile of shingle, wild and weird!

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    • Pulborough Brooks

      Pulborough Brooks

      Set in the beautiful Arun Valley, Pulborough Brooks is an ideal place to bring your class.

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    RSPB Phoenix group on reserve walk, RSPB Saltholme Reserve, Teeside

    From 1st April 2018 prices are as follows

     Primary & Early Years per pupil (inc VAT)

    • £4 per two-hour session, £6.50 for two sessions to make a full day. 
    • There is a minimum charge of £80 for a half day and £130 for a full day. 

    Secondary KS3 and KS4 per Student (inc VAT)

    • £5 per two-hour session, or £8 for a full day. 
    • There is a minimum charge of £100 half day and £160 for a full day.

    A-level per student (inc VAT)

    • £6 for a half day, or £10 for a full day. 
    • There is a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day.


    These are our standard prices, there may be some local variation - please check when making your booking.

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    Before you visit


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    After you visit

    Resources for you

     RSPB Make and Do activities, Pooter, sucking up specimen

    Browse ideas, information, resources and projects to help you carry on learning after your visit.