For Parents

For Parents

Discover wildlife with your family

We are passionate about inspiring the next generation to love and care for wildlife and wild places. We want to support you in making your children's lives a little bit more wild, through activities, events, groups and play. We run a range of sessions for all ages across Leicestershire, as well as offering tailored support for home educators. Our Wildlife Watch junior membership is perfect for young nature-lovers who want to be inspired all year round.

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Junior Membership

Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trusts and the UK's leading environmental action club for kids. Being a member of Wildlife Watch is fun, and you don't have to be an expert to get involved! There are lots of local Wildlife Watch groups with regular events, as well as projects, surveys, awards and campaigns you can get involved in at home. 

Get involved

Groups and activities

Families can get involved in lots of different ways with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Our sessions start from nursery age children and go right up to late primary at present. Each group we run has tailored resources, activities and events and we offer these across the counties, in city centre Leicester and a few rural locations. You can find out more about each group below.

Wild Tots - age 2-5

Wild Tots is for nature loving 2 – 5 year olds who like to get outside and explore. Wild Tots is a stay-and-play style session for parents/carers and their children to enjoy together. Groups meet outdoors, whatever the weather. 

Activities include:

  • Minibeast hunting

  • Making things out of natural materials

  • Listening to stories

  • Wildlife themed games

  • Treasure hunts

  • Identifying trees and other wildlife

Our Wild Tots sessions are generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Wild Tots is an 8 month programme, running March to July and September to December during school term time. The programme is repeated each year, but children are welcome to attend for two or more years. There are 4 Wild Tots groups, meeting in Leicester and Oadby. Wild Tots meet monthly on Wednesday mornings at Belgrave Hall and Gardens and weekly on Monday and Thursday mornings at Attenborough Arboretum and weekly on Thursday mornings at Lucas Marsh Nature Reserve in Oadby.

Belgrave Hall and Gardens, Leicester:

When: (Mostly) on the second Wednesday of each month during term time
Time: 10 - 11:30 am
Dates: TBC
Cost: £5 per session. Payment in advance.
Address: Belgrave Hall and Gardens, Church Road, Leicester LE4 5PE

Booking essential as places are limited. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Spaces available – please contact us.

Attenborough Arboretum, Leicester:

When: Weekly on Monday mornings during term time
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Dates: TBC
Cost: £5 per session. Payment in advance.
Directions: Attenborough Arboretum is situated about one mile south-east of Leicester city centre, in South Knighton. Access is via College Court on Knighton Road.

Booking essential as places are limited. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Spaces available – please contact us.

Attenborough Arboretum, Leicester:

When: Weekly on Thursday mornings during term time
Time:  10 – 11:30 am
Dates: TBC
Cost: £5 per session. Payment in advance.
Directions: Attenborough Arboretum is situated about one mile south-east of Leicester city centre, in South Knighton. Access is via College Court on Knighton Road.

Booking essential as places are limited. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Sorry - this group is now fully booked. To go on the waiting list, please contact us.

Lucas Marsh Nature Reserve, Oadby:

When: Weekly on Thursday mornings during term time
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Dates: TBC
Cost: £5 per session. Payment in advance.
Directions: Lucas Marsh is situated next to Brocks Hill Country Park in Oadby.

Booking essential as places are limited. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Sorry - this group is now fully booked. To go on the waiting list, please contact us.

Wildlife Watch - age 5-12

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Watch has two local groups where children meet and have fun exploring their local environments. Family members can also take part in monthly family member events.

  • Make friends with other nature detectives
  • Have lots of fun 
  • Get hands on with wildlife from pond dipping to wildlife safaris.

Wildlife Watch groups are free to join and welcome new members. They are organised by trained volunteer Leaders and Helpers who know about the local wildlife and wild places. Meetings are suitable for children aged 5 - 12. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent/carer throughout the activity.

See our events below and here for information on Wildlife Watch group meetings coming up.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL for all meetings - please book by the Monday before each meeting to allow the volunteer leaders to plan and prepare. Remember that groups do not always meet in the same place. To avoid disappointment, please confirm meeting times and locations when booking.

NB No dogs are allowed at Wildlife Watch groups or events.

 

Attenborough Arboretum Wildlife Watch Group 

Attenborough Arboretum Wildlife Watch Group meets at Attenborough Arboretum in Knighton and regularly visits other sites across Leicestershire.

Meetings are usually on the second Saturday of the month between 10.30am – 12.30pm. This meeting is currently full, but please email Rachel Ibbotson to be added to the waiting list.

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group usually meet at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton and visits the reserve and surrounding area.

Meetings are usually on the second Sunday each month from 10.00am – 12.00pm. 

Go to events page for dates and details - BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Wild Play - holiday sessions

Our creative, fun and hands-on sessions, suitable for 5 – 12 year olds, take place during the school Easter and summer holidays at Burbage Common near Hinckley and in Leicester at Attneborough Arboretum. See our events page for more details.

Home Education Forest School

Wild Forest School sessions for home educated children and their families

We run seven groups for home educated children, fortnightly on Fridays in Leicester and Oadby and fortnightly on Thursdays in Oadby. The sessions are led by Martha Rose, who home educates/unschools her two children; and by Sophie van den Bergh and Dani Pattuzzi.

Activities include natural arts and crafts such as making beads, string and decorative items out of wood; tool work; games, trails and treasure hunts; fire lighting and cooking; wildlife spotting and identification; story-telling and poetry.

The following groups are generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery:

Younger group, aged 4 - 8

  • Fortnightly on Friday afternoons in Oadby

  • 1 - 3 pm

  • Dates: TBC

Younger group, aged 4 - 8

  • Fortnightly on Friday mornings in Leicester

  • 10 am - 12 pm

  • Dates: TBC

Older group, aged 8 - 16

  • Fortnightly on Thursday afternoons in Oadby

  • 1 - 3 pm

  • Dates: TBC

Older group, aged 8 - 16

  • Fortnightly on Friday afternoons in Leicester

  • 12:45 - 2:45 pm

  • Dates: TBC

Muslim group, aged 4 - 14

  • Fortnightly on Friday mornings in Leicester

  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

  • Dates: TBC

The following groups are not supported by any funding:

Two groups for Muslim home educators, aged 4 - 14

  • Fortnightly on Friday mornings in Oadby
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • Dates: TBC
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Join us

Family membership

You'll receive our membership magazine three times a year and Wildlife Watch kids magazine four times a year, exclusive events and discounts for adults and children alike, and an amazing adventure for the whole family to enjoy

From just £3.75/month

Contact us

Want to find out more or make a booking?

Visit our events page to see what upcoming events we've got, or contact us at education@lrwt.org.uk or call 0116 262 9968