School trips

School trips

Walthamstow Wetlands is a partnership project between the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Thames Water and London Wildlife Trust – with funding in part from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Located 15 minutes from central London, Walthamstow Wetlands is both a 211 hectares nature reserve and also a Thames Water operational site supplying 3.5 million people with drinking water. The site has now been redeveloped into Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve and in October 2017 it opened its gates to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years. With an abundance of wildlife and a rich industrial history, Walthamstow Wetlands offers a haven to explore, enjoy and connect with nature.

Schools at Walthamstow Wetlands


School visit at Walthamstow Wetlands

Centre-Led Visits:

London Wildlife Trust runs school sessions for pupils from Nursery to Year Six. With a duration of two hours each, the sessions cover a range of topics in an engaging and interactive way making full use of our unique setting and are cross-curricular. Centre-led sessions cost £120 +VAT per class.

Early Years Foundation Stage topics include imaginative outdoor play and movement, homes, plants and animals.

Key Stage 1 topics include identifying plants, exploring animals and their habitats, and creating nature art.

Key Stage 2 topics cover the structure and functions of plants, classifying animals, food chains, adaptation, the water cycle and map work.

Self-Led Visits:

If you would like to bring groups or a class of children to visit the wetlands, this needs to be booked in advance. Risk assessments and route information will be provided. The cost for a self-led visit is £30 + VAT per class.

School education at Walthamstow Wetlands


learning at Walthamstow Wetlands

At Walthamstow Wetlands, we can accommodate a range of outdoor learning experiences, from interactive centre-led sessions to self-led tours of the site. Pre-visits are welcome and encouraged. Risk Assessments are provided. All staff have enhanced DBS checks. Walthamstow Wetlands is easily accessible by public transport. There is also a car park on site, however parking is limited.

For more information and a booking form, please contact our Outdoor Learning Officer, Fiona McGain at or call 0208 496 2115