Wetland Explorers

Become a wetland explorer this summer at WWT Wetland Centres across the UK. There are lots of exciting wetland challenges waiting for you at our centres from intrepid canoe and boat safaris to pond exploring and wild bug hunts.

The Adventure starts here

Pick up your free Wetland Explorer log book and set off into the wild to develop skills including wetland survival, animal tracking, den building and much, much more. It’s a wild day out for the whole family!

Share your adventures on social media using #wetlandexplorers

Please note that activities vary between wetland centres.

Find your nearest Wetland Explorer event

Continuing the Adventure

Have you enjoyed being a Wetlands Explorer at our centres? Why not continue being one at home and encourage your friends and family to join you? Here are blogs and spotter sheets to help you explore and have fun with wetland wildlife in your own backyard.

Make a crane

In Japanese fairytales, the crane is said to live for a thousand years and it’s believed if you fold a thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant you happiness and good luck. Have a go at making your own paper crane with our handy guide. Read more....

Who lives in a pond?

Explore the world of extraordinary mini beasts and lurking monsters with this spotter guide that helps you get to know the 11 most common weird and wonderful wildlife that are likely to live in your local pond. Read more...

Dragonfly spotter sheet

Want to become an instant dragon-spotting expert? 10 of the most common dragonflies and damselflies in the UK are listed below - so head to your nearest wetland and see what you can spot! Download your free spotter sheet here.

Other great summer events...

  • Explore the LEGO® brick animal trail with your free brick book of animal activities at Arundel Wetland Centre, Sussex
  • Have a hopping, jumping, buzzing adventure with Giant Bionic Bugs at Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire
  • Become a Global Adventurer, leaping from land to land from North America, South America and the new Arctic Adventure exhibit to find out what life is like for a real-life adventurer on the Arctic Russian Tundra, at at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire

Your Patch, Your Planet

We’re proud to be a recognised partner of the Backyard Nature campaign, which aims to get all children to spend more time enjoying and protecting the nature wherever they live. With a whole host of other organisations and charities from across the UK, we’re bringing together an army of Backyard Nature Guardians and giving them the tools they need to protect their own patch of nature, including wetlands. We’re doing this because we believe that by tackling the nature crisis close to home, we can protect the planet for the future. Find out more at: www.backyardnature.org