Family Fun

Nut hunting by BBOWT

We run various family events throughout the year during school holidays.


Contact us

For more information about any of our education programmes or to book, please contact us on 01235 862024 or

Minibeast safari by Helen Walsh

We look forward to seeing your school at Sutton Courtenay soon!



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We would like to thank the following organisation for supporting the Sutton Courtenay Environmental Centre.


Check out their interactive Climate Cops website and discover exciting ways your school can become greener and more sustainable. 

Go Wild at Your School

Go Wild at Your School

Outreach programmes for Foundation, KS1 & 2

Why not ‘Go Wild’ in your school grounds with your local Wildlife Trust?

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Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre (SCEEC) by BBOWTSutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre (SCEEC) by BBOWT

Take a journey of learning and discovery at Sutton Courtenay.

Children experience nature for themselves on our beautiful 19-acre nature reserve. With woodland, meadow, ponds and a wildlife garden, Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre is a haven for wildlife and an exhilarating green space for your pupils to enjoy.  Our award-winning centre is packed with brilliant eco-features from a sedum roof and solar panels to recycled floors. We even recycle our rainwater.

We are open for pre-booked groups all year round. Trips usually run from 10–2.30, but can be flexible. We request a donation of £7 per child (£4.50 for Nature Explorers) Adults are free. Minimum donation £120 per group.

Our programmes

All our programmes offer links with Science and Geography, and excellent opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy skills. Each programme will be tailored to the age and ability of your group. There will be a variety of activities to help children learn in different ways, with lots of opportunities for hands-on engagement at a range of levels.

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Download our SCEEC education programme leaflet


Dinky Discovery Day by Rachel Hudson

Nature Explorers
EYFS (half day programme)

An exciting programme of hands-on exploration and discovery. The perfect introduction to outdoor learning for your little ones.

Children build confidence, practise communication, undertake physical challenges and develop their understanding of the world.

Choose from either our Mini-beast or Teddy Bears' Picnic themed adventure, which includes magical sensory activities and creative fun. Let's see where our exploration takes us!


Teddy Bears Picnic by Helen Walsh

Teddy Bears' Picnic
Reception and Lower KS1

A great introduction to enjoying the outdoors, this programme teaches and encourages respect for the natural world.

Children are invited by Teddy Edward to bring their teddies for an adventure in the woods and learn the secrets of how wild animals survive.

        Visit the Teddy Bears' Picnic gallery on Pinterest


Sensational Senses by Rachel Hudson

Sensational Senses
Reception – Key Stage 1

Experience the world through the eyes, noses, ears and paws of different animals.

Children will meet some of our local animals and discover how they use their super-senses to help them survive and find food. Finish your adventure with a trip to the amazing 'nature's theatre'.


          Visit the Sensational Senses gallery on Pinterest


Home Sweet Home by Helen Walsh

Spectacular Seasons 
Key stage 1

Choose from Spring into Spring, Summer Fun and Getting Ready for Winter.

Learn about the cycle of the seasons and the important changes taking place in the natural world.

Explore through fun games, hands-on activities and role play, ways in which animals and plants adjust to the ever-changing environment.


               Visit the Spring into Spring gallery on Pinterest
               Visit the Summer Fun gallery on Pinterest
               Visit the Getting Ready for Winter gallery on Pinterest


Pond Dipping by Helen Walsh

Habitat Safari
Upper Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

A hand's-on day discovering the wonders of nature. Choose three one-hour sessions:

  • Sensory Nature Walk. Experience sights, smells and sounds 
  • Pond Dipping. Hands-on exploration of the pond.
  • Mini-beast Hunt. Explore the woodland or the meadow.
  • Micro Parks. Create mini nature parks in the woods.
  • Nature Detective Training. Hunt for clues and solve a nature mystery in the woods.

       Visit the Habitat Safari gallery on Pinterest


Flower Power by Helen Walsh

Fascinating Flowers and Intriguing Trees
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Enter the world of flowers and trees and find out just how important plants are to our everyday lives.

Learn the lifecycle of a plant: explore the reserve to find seeds and discover how they are dispersed; learn about the parts of a plant and dress up as a bee to pollinate a flower.

Take part in the tree ID challenge - how many can you identify?


        Visit the Flower Power gallery on Pinterest


Eco-warrior by Helen Walsh

Story Seekers
Key Stage 2

Get your class inspired by Sutton Courtenay as you go on your adventure. Discover the exciting tales of our wildlife, enjoy outdoor sensory activities and solve a mystery in the woods.

This creative day is crafted to spark ideas, give inspiration to all young writers, and complement literacy activities when you get back to school. Tales and wildlife exploration will engage the whole class and wake up all your imaginations!


Habitat Studies by Helen Walsh

Life Cycles Detectives
Upper Key Stage 2

Investigate the intriguing lifecycles of our plants and animals.

Use your detective skills to decipher which animals young you are looking at. Then, through hands-on investigation, explore the reserve in search of plants at different stages of growth. Starting in the compost heap, follow the journey of a seed through to a flower. 


Contact us

For more information on any of the programmes or to book please contact us on 01235 862024 or

Where to find us

Milton Park Estate, off the A34, 3 miles north of Didcot. Postcode: OX14 4TE.

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Family Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch is an exciting way to explore your surroundings and get closer to the wildlife you share it with!

Find out more about Family Watch memberships.

Join Wildlife Watch

Start discovering your local wildlife!

To join the Wildlife Watch scheme please use our secure online direct debit form or call our Membership team on 01865 788300.

What's on

Home Educators' Day at Woolley Firs

Wednesday 18th July 2018,
10.00am - 2.00pm

Venue: Woolley Firs Environmental Education Centre

Come and join us for a fun, summer's day of indoor and outdoor wildlife-themed activities, from pond dipping and crafts at our education centre to a 'farm bingo' challenge around our beautiful site. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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