Environmental Education

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Beale Park

Education in the Environment at Beale Park offer a flexible package of study programmes for primary and secondary schools designed to provide students with exciting practical experience, as well as a better understanding of the physical world around them. Facilities include a well resourced classroom with specialist field study equipment and tailored courses delivered by a team of experienced teachers with extensive knowledge of the local environment. Additionally there are many other activities for parents and young children throughout the year but, due to their popularity, they get booked up early.
The Centre itself has an enviable location on the banks of the River Thames near Pangbourne and can offer a “complete experience”. Besides its bird sanctuary of native and exotic species, water meadows, woodland, large reed beds and an organic farm lie within its 400 hectares. Follow the trail around Church Farm and learn at first hand how organic farming methods are important in preserving and sustaining valuable wildlife habitats such as the flower meadows. 
Visit now at www.bealepark.co.uk

Environmental Education for Schools

Sustainability and Environmental education in schools network is at www.se-ed.org.uk

The Dorothy Morley Conservation Award for Berkshire Schools is administered by CPRE. Apply now for 2022.

Groundwork South works with businesses, local authorities and schools. www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/south

Also worth a visit is www.eco-schools.org.uk and RISC Global Education

Living Rainforest

The Living Rainforest, situated at Hampstead Norreys near Thatcham, recreates the rainforest environment with the aim of helping conserve this threatened habitat worldwide. Special schools education programme, children’s workshops and many other activities organised. Website: www.livingrainforest.org

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Nature Centres

Nature Centres throughout the county offer extensive programme of walks, talks, training days and special events of interest to the general public. In addition, the Countryside Services run tailored activities aimed at children, school groups and people of all ages wanting to learn more about our native wildlife and local habitats or wishing to take a more active part in nature conservation.  Organised “forest schools” also offer a practical immersive experience for young children.  For further details visit:

Braywick Nature Centre, Maidenhead
Dinton Pastures in Wokingham District
The Look Out Nature Discovery Centre in Bracknell Forest District
Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham (BBOWT)
Woolley Firs, Maidenhead (BBOWT) – open for public events only.

Forest schools:
Little Muddy Me, Maidenhead

Thames Valley Catchment Community Eels Project

The project is a partnership, led by Thames Rivers Trust, to aid the long-term survival of the European eel. The aim is to raise the profile of this critically endangered fish through education and engagement with local schools and communities.  Learn more about the fascinating life-cycle of the eel and find out ways you can become involved through “citizen science”.  There are also workshops for schools in the Kennet and Pang catchments.  Visit Thames River Trust to learn more. 

Arctic Wolf

Wolf Conservation Trust

In 1999 four European wolves were born at the UK Wolf Centre in Berkshire, the first to be born in this country for over 700 years. The Trust aims to educate the public about the grey wolf, now reduced to only a very few places in Europe, through opportunities to help in their conservation in the wild and interact with them at the centre. The Trust runs an educational programme and visit schools and local shows. To find out more contact the Shows Co-ordinator at: UK Wolf Centre, Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading, Berks RG7 5NT. Tel: 0118 971 3330    www.ukwolf.org

Visit a Local Organic Farm

Modern day living means that for many the connection with the land and food production has become remote. Most of our food has now fallen into the hands of “agribusiness” whose scale and methods have caused widespread losses of once familiar landscapes and a massive decline in once-common farmland birds. However, a few farms prefer to work with nature rather than against and produce food in a more environmentally benign manner. Berkshire is fortunate in having a number of working “demonstration” farms with a strong educational programme. The farms listed below welcome visitors to see for themselves that productive farming and agriculture does not have to be detrimental to land and our native creatures. 
Waltham Place Organic Farm, near Maidenhead 
Organic Research Centre, Circencester (previously Elm Farm Research Centre, West Berkshire)
Rushall Manor Farm, near Reading
Sheepdrove Organic Farm, West Berkshire 

Greenham Common Control Tower

“Where community meets heritage.”  A relict of the Cold War the control tower was derelict until 2014 and opened its doors in Summer 2018 as a visitor centre and community hub with the aim to preserve and share the historical legacy of one of the few remaining airfield buildings.  It offers space to enjoy the common from a fascinating and dynamic location with a range of activities and facilities aimed at all ages to educate, inform and entertain where you can reach for the skies from the comfort of the ground.  https://www.greenhamtower.org.uk/