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Youth projects and volunteering

Choose from these opportunities for young people aged 10 years upwards

Work experience
If you are interested in doing your work experience with Suffolk Wildlife Trusts Education Team contact your nearest Education Centre for more details. Please be aware the places fill quickly so applying well in advance is strongly recommended.

Duke of Edinburgh- If you are doing your Duke of Edinburgh's Award and looking for volunteering opportunities we may be able to help. Opportunities include practical conservation with the midweek team (16+) or Young Wardens, Education Centre volunteering, helping to run Wildlife Watch Groups and seasonal summer help with event preperation. For more information contact the education team.

Young wardens/Junior rangers - Fun practical conservation activities in the holidays for young people aged 10-15 years. See our events calendar

Wildlife Watch Groups - These groups are aimed at children aged from 6-12 years old. They meet throughout Suffolk once a month and are a great way to explore your local wild spaces. You can also volunteer to help run groups as a junior leader if you are over 12 years old. - More details here.

Volunteering for 16-18 year olds - if you are aged 16 or over you can take a look at our volunteering opportunities where you will find all sorts of volunteering opportunities from practical conservation workparties to education volunteering at centres.

Activity Days - run at centres for 10-15 year olds. Activities often include woodland skills, fire lighting, shelter building and some practical conservation. More details can be found on the events calendar.

COD Project

COD ProjectThe Coastal Discovery (COD) Project, funded by Young Roots (Heritage Lottery Fund) offers beach taster sessions to 6- 12 week programmes of inclusive outdoor activities for young people (between 11-25 years) throughout the year. Local beaches, woodlands and nature reserves are explored through creative and challenging activities that benefit learners in personal and social ways as well as deepening their knowledge and connection to the natural world around them. Practical habitat management tasks, creative outdoor art sessions, wildlife surveys, team building games, bush craft skills and visits to marine-themed attractions (e.g. maritime museum) lead to enriched experiences for the those taking part. Contact Lorna Collins for more details.

Wild beach

Suffolk’s varied beaches offer dynamic and stunning locations for those taking part in a Wild Beach programme. This individual-centred learning experience is based on the Forest Schools philosophy of encouraging and inspiring youngsters to develop a positive and play based relationship with the beach environment over six sessions. Personal and group safety, an understanding of marine beach ecosystems, finding out about the land and sea wildlife through explorative and creative activities all go towards a greater understanding of ourselves and our responsibility towards each other and the surrounding coastal waters and land. Contact Lorna Collins for more details.