Two children standing in the Forest.

The Environmental Centre

The Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre is a partnership with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) that runs programmes for Primary schools as well as natural activity programmes during school holidays. The Centre also runs a range of activities for adults including bat walks, willow weaving and forest bathing.

Its private location within Windsor Great Park provides the ideal indoor and outdoor space for inspirational learning opportunities within the forest and grassland.

Learn more about the programmes and how to book below.

Adult activities

Throughout the year we run a huge array of events for adults. These range from bat walks and willow weaving to nature journaling and forest bathing.

To find out more and book, select an activity below:

Adults hands weaving a basket.
The Silver Studded Blue butterfly resting on a dandelion flower.

Family and child only activities

Throughout the school holidays we run a number of family and child only based activities such as self-led wildlife trails, seasonal Day Camps, or guided activities focusing on birds, moths, butterflies  and more.

Nature Tots

Nature Tots is a monthly activity for children aged 18 months to 4 years.

Focusing on outdoor, adventurous and nature-based play, children will take part in games, activities and crafts based on a theme.

Each session is one and a half (1.5) hours.

To find out more and book, select a date below:

Children on a mat painting.
Young child surrounded by green foliage using binoculars.

Young Rangers

Young Rangers is a monthly activity for children aged 8 to 11 years.  

Each session is filled with age appropriate fun activities that focus on helping to manage and look after local wild spaces as well as learn skills to become a wildlife warrior.

Each session is two (2) hours.

To find out more and book, select a date below:

Teen Rangers

Teen Rangers is a monthly activity for young people aged 11 to 17 years.

Each session is filled with age appropriate fun activities that focus on helping to manage and look after local wild spaces as well as learn skills to become a wildlife warrior.

Each session is two (2) hours.

To find out more and book, select a date below:

Five young people walking amongst the trees on a wildlife trail.
View of a large Oak tree with a group of Young People sitting on the grass.

Forest school site hire

Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre forest school area is available for hire to teachers and forest school leaders with groups, other organised groups like the Scouts and Guides or, for forest school leader training sessions.  

Sessions are available Monday – Friday (excluding November and December), and usually run for half a day.

Facilities include:

  • Firepits
  • Seating areas
  • Toilets
  • Free parking
  • A basic forest school kit (available as an extra)

A half day session costs £60 per session.

To find out more and book a pre-visit please email BBOWT.

Primary schools 

Primary school children can take a journey of discovery with a range of programmes for EYFS (Early years foundation stage) and KS (Key stage) children.

The programmes include: 

  • Full day or half-day activities for pre-booked groups (January – October) 
  • Skilled staff to lead and engage the children’s heads, hearts and hands 
  • Imaginative activities that link with Early Learning Goals 
    (Science, geography, literacy and numeracy) 
A classroom inside the Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre.

Primary school programmes

Windsor woodland animal adventure – EYFS and lower KS1

Children are invited by Windsor Woodmouse to have an adventure in the woods and learn the secrets of how wild animals survive.

Exciting hands-on activities build confidence in being outdoors and help children understand what animals need to stay alive.

Follow the paw-print puzzle to find out who is who in the woods, make mini shelters and a sticky souvenir card to take home.

Plush Badger toy hidden in a small den of twigs and green foliage. Young children in the background.
Spectacular seasons – Reception and KS1

Choose from Spring into Spring, Summer Fun and Getting Ready for Winter.

Throughout the seasons, learn about the important changes taking place in the natural world.

Be a bird, a squirrel or bee and explore through hands-on activities, role play and games how plants and animals adapt and adjust to the ever-changing environment.

Young Child wearing a floral hat and red cardigan holding sticks.
Minibeast marvels – EYFS, KS1 and KS2

Meet a medley of minibeasts and learn what makes them different from the other animals that live in Windsor Great Park and why so many of them love to live here.

Early Years options include: bug hunts; stories; learning to care for the little creatures; counting minibeast body parts; and creative fun.

Options for KS1 & 2 include: minibeast identification (keys); lifecycles; pollination; food chains; and adaptations.

Group of young children raising their hand to answer a question..
Habitat safari – KS1 and KS2

Investigate the creatures big and small that live in our surrounding meadow and woodland.

Search for minibeasts with sweep nets and bug-hunting kits, and search in the skies and trees using binoculars.

Use field guides and keys to identify and classify your creatures. Learn about life cycles, food chains and the adaptations of animals to these different habitats.

Nature Detective Training is an alternative option – hunt for clues and solve a nature mystery in the woods.

Young child looking at a butterfly in long grass.
Pretty plants and buzzy bees – KS1 and KS2

Learn about the lifecycle of plants, find seeds and discover how they are dispersed.

Make a paper pot, sow some seeds that will flower for food for the bees (watch them grow at school). Learn about the parts of a plant, play team games to identify some common plants, dissect flowers to find eggs and pollen, and then dress up as a bee to pollinate a flower.

Two young children wearing a bright yellow daffodil head dress.
Intriguing trees – Upper KS1 and KS2

Deciduous or Evergreen?

Follow our tree trail to unlock the secret names of trees using a key and discover just how different tree seeds can be.

Meet a tree, learn about its lifecycle and play the Food Factory Game to understand how trees make their own food and provide oxygen for all animals.

Plant a tree seed to grow your very own. Identify the animals that live in the woods, from canopy to leaf litter and deep underground.

A group of children being led and accompanied by some adults on a bark chipped path in the forest.
Group of young children sitting on logs surrounded by trees. Adults are supervising.

Prices and booking information

  • Group price: There is a minimum price of £225 per group
  • Child price: £8 per child (or £5 per child for half-day programmes)
  • Maximum number: 30 children
  • Programme times: Vary but typically run from 10am – 2.30pm
View the BBOWT programme

If you would like to discuss your topic choices and dates please email or call a member of the Wildlife Trust team.

+44 (0)7493 649667

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