Education and Engagement
We want more young people to connect to nature
It’s why we work in schools across the county teaching children and young people about the beauty, fun and importance of wildlife and how we can help protect it.
Devon Wildlife Trust's Education team have an expanse of experience delivering sessions to enthuse and engage those of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you belong to a Nursery, Primary or Secondary School we offer a range of options to help your students connect to the natural world.
No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced
We believe connecting children to nature has many benefits - not only to their mental and physical well-being but also to their learning as well as attitudes to caring for the natural world. Watch this video to find out about our Wildlife Champions in Exeter, we hope you're inspired to get involved with us too!
What do we offer?
Much of what we do, is about coming to you! See below for what outreach we deliver, then scroll down to find out how you can also visit us!
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Our flagship project - Wildlife Champions creates networks of "Wildlife Councils" within schools where children are empowered to make changes in their school grounds and local communties to help wildlife and the environment.
The programme will include 3 visits from us throughout the year, where we will help and inspire you on your topic of choice. From learning about plastics, to helping hedgehogs on your grounds and in your community. On top of your 3 visits we also have include a celebratory "conference" day where all the schools join together for a day of activities, learning and fun!
Primary and Secondary Schools. Networks currently exisit in Exeter, Plymouth and in South Devon. If your school is in one of these areas, why not get your school involved too?!
It doesn't matter what grounds you have, we want to encourage you to get outside as much as possible! We believe that most subjects can have outdoor learning elements, with proven benefits to the children's learning as well as mental and physical well-being. We also know how much pressure teacher's are under to deliver the National Curriculum, so thats why we have developed our outdoor learning programme.
Outdoor Learning Programme: We run regular outdoor learning sessions to schools in Exeter under the Exeter Schools Project - supported by People Postcode Lottery. With this programme we work closely with schools to develop 6 weekly sessions - tailored to ANY topic that your class is learning about in the classroom - ticking off your curriculum requirements. We can work with all year groups over the year to start to embed outdoor learning in your school, from Anglo- Saxons, to Dinosaurs and Survivial - let us know the topic and we'll spend the time creating the programme.
One-Off Visits: We can also visit you on your school grounds wherever you are in the county to help support your class topic in one-off visits, from bug hunts, pond dipping, to food chains and survival.
3 Year Plan
This is a new scheme we are currently starting with a handful of schools in Exeter. The scheme would involve us introducing and adapting outdoor learning for all classes to take place on your school grounds. It involves a commitment of at least 3 years from the school, the first year we will help develop and deliver all your outdoor learning sessions, then in the following 2 years we hope to slowly start making it more sustainable for your school by training the teachers. By the third year we would hope to see the the teachers new gained confidence to be able to lead their own sessions whilst we are available on hand to help.
The 3 year programme would not only involve weekly outdoor learning sessions for all year groups but also, a series of outdoor well-being sessions for those children who may be struggling, aswell as regular teacher training sessions.
We can make your classroom wild by supporting you on any subject relating to the natural world running talks, assemeblies or workshops as part of your class topic. From problems with plastics, to insects, let us know your topic and we can tailor it to you.
Marine Topics: Specifically want sessions on the wonders of our marine world? Check out what our Marine Education team at Wembury have to offer.
To who? Nursery, Primary, Secondary, and College ages
If you need help designing your school grounds for nature, our team can advise you. Our team have helped schools to create ponds and taught how to maintain them, assisted with tree planting days, sown wildflower meadows and more. If you have any questions on developing your schools grounds for nature or for outdoor learning get in touch with us.
CPD module: University of Plymouth Institute of Education and DWT are excited to announce the launch of a unique and innovative course designed to provide teaching staff the opportunity to progress their own learning whilst having a significant impact on curriculum development in their school setting. Click here for more info.
Looking to take your class or group on a trip out? Why not visit us? See below for our places that can offer a fantastic range of options for inspirational days out. Become seashore detectives with our Marine Education Team at Wembury beach to go on rockpooling adventures and more. Or delve into the history of the Jurassic Coast at Seaton Jurassic, to discover what fossils are and learn how species have evolved over time.
Visit a Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve Visit: Fancy a wild day exploring some of Devon's beautiful landscapes? We could run a bespoke day trip to either help support your class topic, or for an extra-curricular day out. We might be able to meet your group at one of our nature reserves, at one of Exeter's Valley Parks, or another green space near to you. Get in touch with us to work out the best options for your group.
Taking the next step
If you’re a teacher or parent take the next step to making your school a wilder place. Contact us on 01392 279244 or email
We've shaped our curriculum around their expertise and involvement and since noticed changes in the children's attitutue, behaviour and learning.Stoke Hill Infant School
See below for any free educational resources to help your class go wild
Support our work
The vital work we do for nature depends on the support of people who care about the future of Devon’s wildlife and wild places.