South West Lakes Trust has for many years given personal development opportunities to hundreds of young people through its on-the-water activities. Running alongside this has been our land-based educational programme enabling schools to deliver key stage activities in the natural environment.
Delivered by our staff, or by teachers, the lakes offer ideal venues for geography, biology, environment and the core skills work all linked to the current Learning Outside the Classroom initiatives. Apart from schools, our sites also offer great bases for Duke of Edinburgh Awards activities and other youth organisations.
Education is a key part of our charitable objectives and we constantly working on ways to deliver enhanced educational facilities. Recently we hosted a Heritage Lottery funded Education Officer at Roadford lake and we will continue to seek out similar opportunities.
Currently our Conservation Officers and activity staff (all CRB checked) deliver sessions such as:
• mini beast safaris
• environmental days
• forest days
• open days
• pond dipping
• forest skills
New in April 2010
We are working on packages of half-day activities which could be delivered at any of our sites, either paying a fee for sessions led by our staff or delivered on your own. Many sites have dry undercover areas which can be pre-booked and each half-day session could be combined with our outdoor activity packages. More details on these resources and charges will be available here soon.
Visit our Conservation 'Get Involved' page for details of Nature Navigator activities available on some sites
We are currently looking for volunteers to help deliver our educational sessions, which will mean a greater and more affordable range of sessions for the children. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Education Officer please see Volunteer Opportunities.