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Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

The site offers excellent learning opportunities for all Key Stages to study about the natural environment through habitat based activities.
The site has a wealth of World War I and II local history as the area was a former military airfield. There are good opportunities for river studies on the River Ingrebourne too, with safe access points to carry out a range of data gathering activities.
In addition to our Military History and River Studies programmes, we also offer the following activities designed to have strong links with core areas of the National Curriculum. The programmes can be adapted to suit the needs of your group; choose two half-day topics to create a full day’s tailored school trip.
Plant Power - Find and identify common plants growing nearby. Through games and experiments learn about the basic structures, life cycles and needs of plants.
Nature Expedition - Use a variety of habitats (ponds, woodlands, grassland) to collect and observe different creatures. Find out how to group and classify a variety of living things and record where they live. Understand what a nature reserve is and the impact of human activities on the natural environment.
Flower Power - Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. Discover what plants need to grow and how they transport water. Investigate the plant life cycle from seed to seed.
Animal Safari - Explore different habitats and identify producers, predators and prey.
Orienteering - Navigate your way around our nature reserve using basic orienteering skills to find a range of clues. Work as a team to complete challenges and learn how to use a map and compass.
Bushcraft - Explore a range of survival skills. Discuss the importance of shelter, food and water. In teams create a shelter using a range of materials, tie knots and test the shelters for strength. Whittle green sticks using potato peelers and try fire lighting.


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

What we offer: • A safe secure learning environment • A range of exciting habitats • Fully equipped classrooms • Curriculum linked programmes • Wheelchair access to some areas • Year-round activities • Coach parking • Toilet facilities • Experienced and DBS checked staff • Risk assessments for all activities


The programmes are designed to complement each other; making a full day trip a really engaging experience for your school. To help support the work of Essex Wildlife Trust we ask for a suggested donation:
£4.00 donation per child - half day (minimum donation £65)
£6.00 donation per child - full day (minimum donation £100)

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes
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