Making the classroom wild

School group standing with their bug hotelBug hotel!

Devon Wildlife Trust believes that every childhood should be wild!

It’s why we work in schools across the county teaching young people about the beauty, fun and importance of wildlife and wild places.

Perhaps your school could go wild?

  • We offer a school visit service where we can supply talks, assemblies and lessons, along practical help in designing school grounds. Our people inspire in the use wildlife as a learning tool and aim to make a real difference to your pupils and your local wildlife.
  • Wildlife champions at  the yearly conferenceWe run a flagship project, Wildlife Champions, which is creating a network of ‘wildlife councils’ in schools where children are empowered to make changes in their school grounds and local communities. Networks already exist in Exeter, Plymouth and East Devon with more planned.
  • Our Marine Education programme at Wembury Marine centre has been supporting learning for more 20 years. It provides an unrivalled place to allow young people experience first-hand the secrets of the seashore and to get up close with life in a rockpool.

School group rake the ground ready for planting Taking the next step

If you’re a teacher, parent or pupil take the next step to making your school a wilder place. Contact us on 01392 279244 or email

Latest news...we have plans for the UK's first 'Nature Schools'

In 2016 we and a number of other Wildlife Trusts announced our intention to develop a new model for running a school for primary aged children (5 to 11 years). Provisionally called 'Nature Schools' we hope to submit an application to the Department of Education in 2017 under the 'Free Schools' model.

Nature Schools wouldn’t be that different in terms of what they taught; the difference would lie in their school ethos, how the teaching was delivered, the amount of time spent outside and the nature of its physical environment. Engagement with nature wouldn’t just be treated as a special, one-off luxury within a child’s education; it would be used as the medium through which pupils learn a whole range of academic subjects.

In short, in our ‘Nature Schools’ children would learn with, through and about the natural world. The school wouldn’t be trying to create a generation of wildlife enthusiasts in our own image, but future citizens with enquiring minds and a broad understanding of the world.  

You can learn more about our plan for Nature Schools here.