Educational Services

© Katharine Davies

© Katharine Davies

Welcome to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s programme of environmental education opportunities. Visit us to explore and discover Dorset’s natural heritage and diverse wildlife, with our experienced and knowledgeable conservation officers.

We offer national curriculum linked activities, from one hour to a whole day, for pupils of all ages, from Early Years, through the Key Stages to Higher Education students. Our unique Centres, located on stunning nature reserves of national and international importance, are well resourced for school visits.

We provide all the equipment required for the activities planned, each activity is risk assessed and designed with the health & safety of the participants foremost. Our enthusiastic and professional staff aim to create a friendly atmosphere, to share our knowledge and expertise with your students. 

Our Centres

Find out where our Centres are below, follow the links to our education opportunities leaflets and each Centre’s webpage, to find the best location for your visit. Then contact our friendly staff at your chosen Centre to discuss your visit requirements and create a bespoke activity programme for your students.

Education Reserves-Map

1 The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester - Educational Services PDF | More about the Centre

2 Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Weymouth - Educational Services PDF | More about the Centre

3 Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, between Weymouth & Portland - Educational Services PDF | More about the Centre

4 Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham - Educational Services PDF | More about the Centre

5 The Villa Conservation Centre, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour - Educational Services PDF | More about the Centre

Further information

We will be happy to offer guidance on risk assessments, but please be aware that responsibility for the health & safety of the educational group, including providing first aid and completing risk assessments lies with the visiting school/college/group. For further guidance on learning outside the classroom, please refer to the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel  (OEAP) National Guidance website: and Dorset County Council’s offsite events guidance and forms for schools at:  

We look forward to your visit.

The Centre Teams.


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