Arundel Wetland Centre
Nestled within the South Downs National park, WWT Arundel offers an unforgettable discovery experience to all learners.
Bursting with wetland wildlife, our reserve offers a unique opportunity to get up close to rare and endangered birds from around the world. Whether you are looking for a hands-on exploratory investigation into wetland life and habitats or just a fun introduction to the natural world, we provide a range of curriculum-linked learning sessions and self-guided resources suitable for all ages and abilities.
As well as taking part in a guided session there will be plenty of time for your group to explore the Centre. In order to make best use of this time, we have developed a range of self-guided resources which you can use to help extend your group’s learning.
What teachers say
"I would just like to say what a fantastic day we had at the Wetlands today! The children and I thoroughly enjoyed it so a big THANK YOU to all your team and yourselves for making it such an enjoyable day. The organisation and planning for the day was excellent and we've already had great feedback from the parents. This is a trip I will definitely be doing again next year. "
Chloe Hall, Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School
All our prices include full access to our centre for the day, so you and your pupils can enjoy all that we have to offer.
|Session type||Pre-school||Reception to KS2||KS3 to KS4||KS5+||Adult|
|Full day admission without a learning session (self guided visit):||£5.50||£5.50||£5.50||£8.75||£10.60|
|Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 1 hour:||£5.95||£5.95||£5.95||£9.20||£10.60|
|Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 2 hours:||£6.50||£6.50||£6.50||£9.50||£10.60|
|Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 3 hours:||n/a||£7.50||£7.50||£10.00||£10.60|
School boat ride costs: £1.50 per person
Free adult ratios
We offer free entry to adults within the following ratios, and free entry to all essential carers.
1:2 - Pre-school
1:5 - Reception & Key Stage 1
1:10 - Key Stage 2
1:15 - Key Stage 3 +
We'll meet you on arrival at reception and guide you to your base for the day. There you'll have time to use the toilets and have a snack before your learning session begins.
Guided learning session: Pond dipping
Use nets to catch the animals that live in our freshwater ponds and see them up-close using our digital microscope. Pond dipping sessions are available for 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours.
Guided learning session: Looking for birds
Explore our collection of birds and spot different beaks, feet and feathers. Hold a real bird's wing and investigate the differences between ducks, geese and swans. Session available for 30 minutes or 1 hour.
Have lunch in our outdoor picnic area, in one of our bird hides or your indoor base.
School boat trips
Explore wetland habitats on board our electric boats. Wildlife surrounds you - ducks on the surface, fish below, water voles rustle the reeds while birds fly the skies above. Your friendly guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Take advantage of our range of self-led learning resources sure to engage your students in the wetlands and wildlife around them. Get up close and hand feed rare and endangered birds from around the world, visit the shop or burn off some energy in one of our play areas. If you’re still here at 2pm head over to the Icelandic lake to watch our diving ducks being fed by their keeper.
School Boat Trips
Spot a wealth of wildlife as you glide through the reedbeds of the wetland discovery area. Your friendly guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Subject to availability and pre booking essential.
Cost: £1.50 per child
Allow your learners to see the birds up close and feel like a proper ‘birder’. Binoculars are provided free of charge and come in a handy rucksack that carries 30 pairs.
Visit our hands-on hide with children-sized telescopes and easy to use bird identification boards
Visit our play areas at Pond skaters or Tree creepers to burn off extra energy and get physical
Diving duck feed
If you’re still here at 2pm, head over to the Iceland lake to watch our diving ducks being fed by their keeper.
Feed the birds at World Wildfowl feeding bay
A chance for your group to get up close and hand feed rare endangered birds from around the world – you can pre-order your grain.
Cost: £5 per class sized bucket (enough for 30 students)
Dedicated use of indoor classroom
All school trips also include the use of an indoor classroom where you can leave your belongings and have lunch.