RSPB Minsmere is an internationally important nature reserve at the heart of Suffolk’s ‘wild coast’, with a wide variety of habitats providing homes to thousands of species. It is one of the most visited nature reserves in the country, providing the perfect case study of how humans can co-exist with nature. Our Wild Zone has been specially designed for school visits with a range of educational facilities, including superbly-equipped classrooms in the Discovery Centre.
At Minsmere, our Schools on Reserves programme has been designed to bring learning to life, with a series of exciting, curriculum-linked hands’ on activities.
There’s something for all ages and abilities from Early Years through primary to specification linked sessions for KS3, KS4 and post-16 students. All sessions are led by our professional learning staff.
Explore our habitats, species and seasons.
Our Schools on Reserves programmes hold the LOTC Quality Badge so you can have confidence in booking your trip.
Research shows that young people benefit greatly from being outside where they can experience nature and learn about it firsthand. We strongly support this at the RSPB, and we’re here to get young people out experiencing the natural world and to help you meet your curriculum needs. We will get your students enjoying and learning about wildlife, where it lives and what we can do to help.
We have a range of habitats including a specifically designed pond dipping platform, purpose-built minibeast areas, access to our beautiful dynamic coastline and a teaching hide overlooking the Scrape, our famous wetland. Children can freely and safely explore all or any of these areas to get the most out of their visit.
For older students we have specialist surveying equipment to study the wide range of habitats at Minsmere. This combined with the enthusiasm and knowledge from our Learning team will ensure it will be a visit to remember.
We have a wide range of programmes on offer for all age groups.
EYFS and KS1 Brilliant Birds
EYFS and KS1 Discovering Pond Minibeasts
EYFS and KS1 Discovering Land Minibeasts
EYFS and KS1 Seasonal Sensory Walk
KS1 Going to the seaside
KS1 Plant Detectives
KS2 Rocks and Soils
KS2 Investigating Minibeasts
KS2 Living Things and their Habitat
KS2 Pond Habitat Study
KS2 Discovering Birds
KS2 Investigating Coasts
KS3 Geographical fieldwork
KS3 Science Ecological investigations and sampling
KS4 GCSE Geography Coastal Landscapes and Management
KS4 GCSE Geography Ecosystems
KS4 GCSE ScienceBiology Ecological fieldwork techniques
KS4 GCSE ScienceBiology Managing for Water Quality
KS5 A Level Biology Human Impact
KS5 A Level Biology Sampling Biodiversity
KS5 A level Biology Succession
KS5 A Level Geography Coasts
KS5 A Level Geography Ecosystems and Sustainability
Primary per child
£4 per two-hour session, or £6 for two sessions to make a full day.
There is a minimum charge of £75 for a half day and £120 for a full day.
Secondary KS3 and KS4 per child
£5 per two-hour session, or £8 for a full day.
There is a minimum charge of £100 half day and £160 for a full day.
A-level per student
£6 for a half day, or £10 for a full day.
There is a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day.
Make the most of the many things to explore at RSPB Minsmere. By booking for more than one day your group can benefit from a discounted rate for subsequent days.
Sessions can be tailored for youth groups and can be offered as whole day activities or evening sessions.
We can cater for single classes or multiple groups up to a maximum of 120 on any one day.
We have the Discovery Centre, a beautifully designed space which as well as offering the facilities of two classrooms, fitted with smartboards and with free wifi, is intrinsically linked to the outdoors, offering direct access to the Wild Zone play area and the wider reserve. It also offers a flexible layout, is level throughout and has accessible toilet facilities.
Yes, all of our teachers are first aid trained.
Yes, the Discovery Centre has accessible toilets and many of the trails around the site are accessible to wheelchairs. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss any specific requirements.
Yes, all our sessions can be tailored to your group’s specific needs.
RSPB Minsmere nature reserve provides the perfect location for a wealth of wildlife experiences. The Discovery Centre is the ideal base for any activity from school and youth groups through to private hire and special events. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.
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