Discover & Learn

Explore, discover and enjoy wildlife with Durham Wildlife Trust.

Durham Wildlife Trust works with local communities and schools throughout the year to help connect children with their local wildlife. Enjoy a trip to one of our nature reserve, take part in some pond dipping or let us take you on a wild safari.

Get in touch with our Education and Engagement Officer and find out how we can work together to help conserve wildlife from Tees to Tyne.

Become a DWT WILD School

Our range of tailored programmes are designed around the Key Stage 1 & 2 curricula and link in with science, maths, literacy, art & design. Below is a selection of the programmes that we offer.

Please do get in touch and let us know how we can work with you.

(All of our activities can be tailored to suit any age group and ability)

Habitat Exploration (KS1 & KS2)

What makes our nature reserves such special places? Come along and find out for yourself, explore different habitats through pond dipping, minibeast hunts, meadow grass sweeps and seasonal nature walks. Find out about food chains and life cycles and use some of our outdoor science equipment.

National Curriculum Links: Science, Maths, Literacy, Art & Design
Available at: Low Barns & Rainton Meadows

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Woodland School of Wizardry (KS2)

Come along for a magical experience in Rainton Meadows secret woods. Learn to identify some of our most magical and powerful plants in our Wizard Wand Making workshop. Put your maths and reading skills to the test by following a Magic Potion spell in the woods. Discover what mythical creatures live in our woodlands and sculpt your own mythical beast to leave behind.

National Curriculum Links: Science, Maths, Literacy, Art & Design
Max. Group: 30 children
Available at: Rainton Meadows

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Going Wild at School – Outreach Visits

A member of our Education Team can come and visit you in school. Popular sessions delivered in schools include:
– Pollination and Pollinators
– Minibeast Superheros
– How to be a bird detective in your school grounds

Contact us today and let us provide a unique tailored session to suit your group and school grounds

£80 for a half day
£150 for a full day

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Prices & Benefits

Up to 30 children: £150

Up to 45 children: £225

Up to 60 children: £300

  • A full day visit to RM/LB with exciting hands-on activities lead by DWT staff. Choose from an exciting range of outdoor education programs OR a full day outreach visit from one of DWT Education Leaders
  • Access to DWT’s online education packs with resources and activities to support Living Things and their Environment program of study
  • Discounted second visit to RM/LB or outreach session at school(£120 for up to 30 children, £180 for up to 45 children, £240 for up to 60)
  • School Certificate to celebrate your outdoor wildlife experiences
  • DWT bird box to take back to your school with an advice card on how to encourage and look after birds throughout the year
  • A fundraising pack enabling your school to do even more to support local wildlife. A member of our Education Team can assist with fundraising events
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Schools visiting Rainton Meadows can access to our WildPlay area; a wonderful nature-inspired adventure playground.

Please contact us today for more information or to discuss a bespoke package to suit your group.

Telephone 0191 584 3112 or email