WWT Martin Mere launches new Learning Zone website for teachers planning ‘wild’ trips.

Teachers planning immersive, educational trips in the natural environment now have an invaluable resource at their fingertips, WWT Martin Mere’s NEW Learning Zone website wwt.org.uk/learningzone

The new site is a one-stop shop of unique resources and ideas for all ages. Teachers can use these resources to plan lessons in school as well as curriculum-linked trips to Martin Mere Wetland Centre, focusing on the natural world and outdoor learning.

Educators who will find the website particularly useful include early years, special needs and primary teachers as well as secondary and tertiary geography and science teachers.

New materials featured on the site include a wide range of hands-on self-guided resources to engage learners with wetlands and the wildlife around them and pre and post visit resources to inspire learners before a visit and extend their learning afterwards. There is also information on the extensive range of guided sessions available, delivered by experienced learning staff and covering a wide variety of curriculum themes (included in admission price).

In addition, the site lists WWT’s wide range of benefits for pre-schools, schools and colleges/universities and information on making the most of an educational visit (based on 70 years of experience!).

Benefits include:

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
Free adults (according to ratios) and essential carers
Risk Assessments and safety information provided
Bag storage
Lunch spaces
Free coach and disabled parking very near to entrances
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations. Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.