Outdoor learning for schools and families

We offer opportunities for people young and old to become enthused and informed about wildlife through our events, family activites and our schools programme.

Our education centres are wonderful places for children to learn about our natural world. They provide indoor and outdoor facilities for our education sessions for schools and wildlife-rich venues for family events.

Each centre runs a range of outdoor learning programmes for different age groups.


Far Ings 

Far Ings Education Centre / Paul GrimshawThe Far Ings Education and Visitor Centre was flooded by the storm surge on the evening of 5 December 2013. Water overtopped the Humber Bank and flooded the Centre. The damage to the Centre was more severe than initially thought and was closed for eight months for repairs. It re-opened in mid-August 2014.  

Educational opportunities at Far Ings


Gibraltar Point 

The Gibraltar Point Wash Study Centre and the Visitor Centre were flooded by the storm surge on the evening of 5 December 2013. The damage to the buildings was severe and both are closed however we are still providing educational visits. School groups can still be accommodated on day visits.

Educational opportunities at Gibraltar Point



Whisby Education Centre / Rachel ShawA modern, purpose built education withun 350 acres of Whisby Nature Park just outside Lincoln. Habitats include lakes, meadow, woodland and a dedication area for school and group use.

Educational opportunities at Whisby Nature Park


Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch / Emma BradshawWildlife Watch, the junior wing of the Wildlife Trusts, is an exciting nature club for kids from around 6 to 14 years old. It's a great way to explore your surroundings and get closer to the wildlife you share it with. 

Wildlife Watch for children, families and schools


Group visits to nature reserves

Our education centres at Far Ings, Gibraltar Point and Whisby Nature Park have excellent facilities for visiting groups.

  • dedicated education staff are available to lead group visits
  • educational programmes for all ages have been developed
  • the sites and educational programmes are risk assessed
  • equipment and resources are provided including fully equipped classrooms and toilets on site

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust manages other nature reserves throughout the county. Groups may also visit these reserves. However, they do not have specialist staff or resources. Volunteer wardens may be available to escort school groups but do not have specialist training or teaching experience. 

Nature reserves are subject to strict controls to ensure wildlife and habitats are not disturbed or damaged: activities on these reserves may be severely restricted. On all reserves, visitors must keep to the paths and walk quietly. For your own safety and so that you are able to carry out a risk assessment, please contact the Trust Headquarters in advance to be made aware of any natural hazards or restrictions due to the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Advance booking is essential for all group visits to nature reserves.

Link to visiting nature reserve page if a downloadable booking form is going to be provided or provide contact details here


Your stories

Why sit inside all day watching boring old soaps when there is a whole world of drama and entertainment right outside.

Tom Goodger, member of Limewoods Watch Group

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What's on

Talk: Swinn Wood, the Trust’s newest old wood

Thursday 26th April 2018,
7.30pm - 9.00pm

Venue: Banovallum House

Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, on the newest of the Trust's nature reserves.

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A-Z of Wildlife

Photo of Brown Hare

Name: Brown Hare

Scientific name: Lepus europaeus

Category: Mammals

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