We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Education

Learning is at the heart of everything we do.

Explorer education volunteer and pupils looking at insects in tub on towpath Explorer education volunteer with school group
We believe that effective education can transform lives.

Each canal and river is unique and offers powerful ways to engage children and bring learning to life.

We believe that effective education can transform lives and lead to change, development and a desire to learn more. Through our Canal & River Explorers learning programme we hope to stimulate a lifelong positive engagement with our canals and rivers. The Explorers programme relies on the support of a team of education volunteers who donate time, skills and passion to enable more children to experience our waterways and the rich learning environment they provide.

“There is so much to share with young people about our wonderful waterways and I feel honoured to be part of such an enjoyable experience." David Payne, education volunteer

Our education service is highly regarded by teachers and group leaders.

This is largely due to the support of our team of experienced volunteers who lead enjoyable and inspiring visits – in the classroom, club house and museum or out on the towpath. All of our activities are linked to the National Curriculum for 7 to 11 year olds (with differentiation for 5 - 13 years) or uniform group badges and are designed to enrich your teaching.

Why not become an education volunteer?

Here’s what David Payne said about his time as an Explorers education volunteer:

“There is so much to share with young people about our wonderful waterways and I feel honoured to be part of such an enjoyable experience. I have learnt so much myself over recent years and volunteering with the Trust has given me a whole new dimension to my life.”

Read more about being an Explorers education volunteer

Last date edited: 3 August 2015