Whisby Education Centre

Whisby Education Centre

Rachel Shaw

Education Centre at Whisby Nature Park

Whisby Education Centre lies just outside Lincoln, surrounded by 370 acres of nature reserve. It has been carefully designed to balance countryside recreation, nature conservation and environmental education.

With regular events planned for all ages it presents unique opportunities to experience and learn about the natural world first hand.

Educational opportunities

For schools

Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Education services for schools

The education service offered by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust at Whisby Nature Park has a wide range of activities from pond dipping and minibeast hunts to orienteering and storytelling. All activities offered can be linked to the National Curriculum to meet your education requirements.

The centre can cater for students from the age of 5 upwards and offers a true outdoor learning experience.

All our Education Centre staff are fully qualified, DBS checked and have many years of experience in teaching and leading environmental education, nature conservation and outdoor recreation.

Facilities

The Education Centre offers:

  • Two large indoor classrooms capable of seating 60 children in each
  • Cloakroom for bags and wet gear
  • Disabled and early years friendly
  • Ample toilets and hand washing facilities
  • Self enclosed outdoor learning area
  • Exclusive use of the purpose built Education Centre and grounds

The reserve

Whisby Nature Park was previously used as a sand and gravel quarry, but after extensive conservation work it now consists of scenic lakes surrounded by grassland, marsh and scrub; a diverse habitat that attracts a wide variety of birds and wildlife.

For more information on the reserve and it's wildlife, visit the reserves page.

Planning your visit

Your visit includes:

  • Free site tour and planning visit for the group leader
  • Relevant risk assessments and health and safety information
  • Any relevant ‘master copy’ resource material to enhance your visit
  • Up to three different activities (listed below)
  • Free Wildlife Trust badge for every student attending
  • Free all day coach parking (there is a £2 charge for cars)
  • A full day running from 10am until 2.30pm (additional time can be arranged at an additional cost)

All health and safety equipment will also be provided and tailored to your activities and needs.

Activities

Your day usually consist of three activities for your class (this varies depending on choice of activity, curriculum targets etc. and can be discussed upon booking).

  • Pond Dipping
  • Minibeast Hunt
  • Wild Art
  • Build a Bug
  • Jaws and Claws
  • Clay and Plaster
  • Story Telling
  • The Whisby Wood Elves
  • Den Building
  • Woodland Schools*
  • Parachute Games
  • Bushcraft*
  • Wildlife Gardening
  • Bird Watching
  • Terrific Trees
  • Soil Lab (Rocks and Soils)
  • Orienteering
  • Team Building games and activities
  • Ecological and Geographical
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Practical Conservation
  • Teacher INSET training days
 

* Group size dependent

Group rates

At Whisby Education Centre we can cater for up to two groups (max 35 per group) at any one time. Each group will benefit from their own dedicated Education Officer who will lead all your pre-booked activities.

Each group of up to 35 students is £150.00 for the day.

To check availability, to book or enquire about your visit to Whisby Education Centre please contact the Education Officers using the contact details below.

Contact details

If you are interested in bringing a school group please contact:

Whisby Education Centre
Whisby Nature Park
Moor Lane
Thorpe-on-the-Hill
Lincoln
LN6 9BW

Tel: 01522 696926
Email: whisbyeducation@lincstrust.co.uk

For families

Misty Hutton

Educational activities for families

Explore your surroundings and get closer to the wildlife you share it with! There's something for all ages at Whisby.

Take a look at our clubs and events for children below, or give our Facebook page a follow for the latest news and events.

Nature Tots

Seasonal activities for the under 5s

Nature Tots is designed for pre-school children with activities usually taking place outdoors. Whether we're searching for seeds or jumping in puddles, Nature Tots is always great outdoor fun!

Please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Prices are usually £3 per child and booking is essential.

When: Usually the first Wednesday of the month, 10am - 11.30am, check our events page for details
Where: Whisby Education Centre, Moor Lane, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, Whisby, LN6 9BW
Contact: Education Officer, whisbyeducation@lincstrust.co.uk. Booking essential.

Wildlife Watch

Nature club for around 5 to 12 year olds

Our Wildlife Watch group activities usually take place outdoors and range from pond dipping to shelter building, so please dress appropriately. Prices are usually £2 per child and booking is essential.

When: Usually second Saturday of the month, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Where: Whisby Education Centre, Whisby Nature Park, LN6 9BW
Contact: Education Officer, whisbyeducation@lincstrust.co.uk. Booking essential.

Junior Wardens

An introduction to conservation for youngsters aged 10 to 16

From habitat conservation to pond exploration and bird surveys, Junior Wardens has everything for the young naturalist. Events are usually outdoors so please dress appropriately. Prices are usually £2 per person and booking is essential.

When: First Saturday of the month, 10am - 1pm, check our events page for details
Where: Whisby Education Centre, Moor Lane, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, Whisby, LN6 9BW
Contact: Education Officer, 01522 696926, whisbyeducation@lincstrust.co.uk. Booking essential.

Room hire

Room hire at Whisby Nature Park

Facilities are available to hire for training, meetings, small conferences, away days and gatherings.

The Education Centre is a modern purpose built centre with stunning views from the light and spacious training rooms. The Nature Park has ample car parking and the Education Centre is fully accessible.

The Centre has two accessible 130m2 indoor training rooms fully equipped and furnished for most modern training requirements. Both rooms are capable of seating up to 60 people in theatre style seating or 35 in cabaret style.

The Centre also offers an enclosed outdoor space, exclusive for users of the Education Centre, plus private access to the lakeside. The six acres surrounding the Education Centre are suitable for a range of outdoor activities as well as offering an open and relaxing space for breaks.

Equipment

Equipment can be set up in a variety of styles to suit your needs and includes:

  • Tables and chairs 
  • Flipchart stands with pads and pens
  • Multi-media projector and screens
  • Speakers for laptops
  • Hearing loop
  • Writing paper and pencils
  • Whiteboards
  • WiFi
  • Back-out facilities

Catering facilities

Light refreshments can be arranged, from tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival to the extensive lunchtime menu or buffet available from the Boardwalk Café at the Natural World Centre.

If you prefer to bring in your own caterers we can work with you to arrange this.

Car parking

Our large car park is capable of holding 150 cars and five coaches, and can host most conference parking requirements with room to spare. Trainers or organisers have the privilege of parking in the free private Education Centre car park directly in front of the building, easing the burden of loading and unloading any resources and equipment you may have.

Delegate parking is pay and display in the main car park with a charge of £2 for all day parking (applicable between 10am and 4pm).

Away days

All of our Education Centre staff are CRB checked and first aid trained. We have many years experience in delivering environmental education, nature conservation and outdoor recreation. We aim to make your day run as smoothly as possible.

If you would like an ‘away day’ with a difference our Education Officers can organise environmental training and activity days tailored to meet your needs, which include:

  • Environmental Education Training Sessions
  • INSET days for teaching staff
  • Practical conservation training, projects and tasks
  • Bushcraft
  • Team building games and activities
  • Guided walks and talks

Hire rates

All trainers can benefit from a free site tour with our Centre staff so we can tailor your training needs to best enhance your day. It also gives trainers a valuable opportunity to explore the Centre and Nature Park prior to your day. We can also supply relevant risk assessments and other health and safety information you may require.

Room Hire (per day) £150.00

A selection of teas, coffee, biscuits, orange juice and bottles of water on tables (per person, per day, up to four servings)

£6.00
Buffet lunch surcharge £20.00
Tailor made activity sessions and training days P.O.A

Contact

To check availability, to book or enquire about your visit please contact:

Whisby Education and Community Officers

Whisby Nature Park
Moor Lane
Thorpe-on-the-Hill
Lincoln
LN6 9BW

Tel: 01522 696926
Email: whisbyeducation@lincstrust.co.uk