Learn at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Explore the wetlands and its wildlife throughout the year, using our self-guided resources.

In winter learn about migratory birds at our daily wild swan feeds and witness thousands of barnacle geese, ducks and waders on the reserve. In summer investigate different ecosystems by pond dipping in our paddock ponds and bug hunting out on our wildflower meadow.

Keeping you and your learners safe

We continue to work hard to ensure that all learning visits are Covid-safe. We have always taken pride in our personal approach and we will work directly with you to ensure that your safety needs are met and any concerns addressed.

We are regularly updating our risk assessments for learning visits in line with the latest guidance. Your safety is our first priority.

Should you be unable to visit due to Coronavirus, we will allow you to re-book or cancel free of charge.


Risk assessment

Self-guided resources

Here at Caerlaverock, we offer unique and unforgettable self-guided learning experiences for you and your pupils, using our extensive range of fun and engaging resources designed to encourage pupils to explore the wonderful natural environments on site.


What teachers say

"Fantastic - would highly recommend it and would bring my own children."

Lucy Loughran, Maben School House


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 typePre-schoolP1-P6S1-S5S6+Adult
Self guided visit£3.94£3.94£3.94£5.87£6.88

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 - P1-P3
1:10 - P4-P7
1:15 - S1+

Minimum numbers of pupils

Self-guided groups have no minimum or maximum number.

Sample itinerary


We'll meet you on arrival at the Visitor Centre and guide you to your base for the day. There you'll have time to use the toilets and space to eat a snack before you start your self-guided visit.

Self-guided learning session: Pond dipping

Use pond nets, trays and guides to catch and identify the fascinating creatures that live in our freshwater ponds in the Paddock.

Self-guided learning session: Bug hunting

Use the map to find the Walk on the Wildside, where you can explore the wildflower meadow to find butterflies, dragonflies and all kinds of bugs and beetles.


Have lunch in our covered picnic area, near the toilets and the visitor centre, where you can check on the osprey family live on the web cam.

Self-guided learning session: Farmhouse Tower

Climb the Farmhouse Tower to see the expanse of the Solway Firth with its mudflats and saltmarsh. Watch the house martins swooping into their mud nests around the top of the tower and use the huge binoculars to look for birds and other wildlife.

Added extras

Extra equipment available

In addition to the self-guided resources provided at other Centres (web link to self-guided section), we have a range of equipment that schools are free to use during their visit. This includes binoculars, microscopes, bug pots, magnifying glasses, FSC identification guides, soft toys and a migration map.

Cost: FREE

Daily swan feeds

There are swan feeds with a live commentary at 11am and 2pm. These are open to the general public but schools are welcomed. The swan feeds take place daily, October to March.

Cost: FREE

Farmhouse Tower

Look through the giant binoculars and count our barnacle geese!

Cost: FREE

Wildlife garden

With its own Bug B&B, perfect for pollinators area and log piles this is a great area for children to explore looking for minibeasts including frogs, toads, newts, beetles, worms and slugs!

Cost: FREE


Our new paddock area has 3 ponds with dipping platforms and a wild walk. Come along and immerse yourself in nature. Find newts lurking in the pond and dragonflies and damselflies dancing around the pond edges.

Cost: FREE

Walk on the wild side

Take a ‘walk on the wild side’ and look for wild flowers, insects such as bees, butterflies and dragonflies, and birds such as swallows and skylarks.

Cost: FREE

Gift shop

Do your learners want to take home a keepsake? We have plenty of fun items for sale from 50p upwards.

Cost: varied

Live cameras

Come and view our live webcam in the centre, with our growing osprey family on their nest in the summer and whooper swans, mute swans and ducks on the whooper pond during the winter.

Cost: FREE

Learning map and guide


Download the learning map and guide for WWT Caerlaverock. See all the facilities and fun things to see on your trip.

Risk assessment

Download our risk assessment for WWT Caerlaverock to help you plan your day with us.

Get in touch

Speak to one of our Learning team today at WWT Caerlaverock to book your visit or find out further details.