Learning and events volunteer at Redgrave & Lopham Fen


Redgrave Learning Centre by Phil Smith

We have a busy schedule of events and school visits throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers to lead and assist with these activities.

Contact details

Deborah Key – Wild Learning Officer

01379 688333 / 07557 494717


What you’ll be doing:

Primary schools make up the majority of our bookings during term times but all ages visit, from nursery pupils to A-level students and no two days are ever the same! In the school holidays we run family afternoons, children’s activity days and teen courses. We also run weekly Wild Tots sessions on a Friday and monthly children’s activities on a Saturday. Our big annual events are Plant Sale in April and Apple Day & Autumn Plant Sale in October which take place on Sundays, plus an art exhibition over the August bank holiday weekend. A lot of work also goes on behind the scenes in planning, researching and making resources.

The skills you need:

You don’t have to have a teaching qualification, just a desire to share your enjoyment of nature with a captive audience! You will need to be willing to work outside in all weathers, although we also spend time in the warmth of the Learning Centre.

What you’ll get out of it:

Working as part of a friendly team will give you the chance to form new friendships and learn new skills. You will also gain valuable experience teaching within a conservation organisation and learn a lot about the reserve and learning centre.

Fresh air and exercise in the company of young children's enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors means it is hard not to have a great time!

As a member of the Redgrave Learning volunteer team you will also meet other volunteers and staff members and learn more about the work of the Trust across the County (and of The Wildlife Trusts nationally).

The time you need to give:

You can help as little or often as suits you. To help with visiting schools you will need to be available from 9.15am – 2.45pm. During the school holidays and weekends, event times and lengths vary, from a couple of hours to all day.

Other information:

A DBS check may be necessary, depending on your responsibilities. Suffolk Wildlife Trust is committed to ensuring all individuals are aware of their role in safeguarding children whilst volunteering with the Trust. Child protection and SAFE training are also given where required.