Learn and Discover

A growing collection of free learning resources for people of all ages and abilities brought to you by Transforming the Trent Valley and its partners.

If you would like to learn and discover even more about the Trent Valley, our courses, events and volunteer opportunities maybe just what you are looking for.

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Latest Learn and Discover Resources

We discovered two Smooth Newts under a tree! Photo © 2020 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (Kathryn Kavanagh).

WildChild Blog: A Sunny Afternoon!.

On Wednesday 26th August our Wildfamilies session once again returned to the Washlands and it was a glorious day!

Last time we explored the Washlands the weather was wild, this week we had blue skies, and sunshine. Not exactly what was expected, so always be ready to swap the hood for shades.

We decorated a willow tree with amazing clay faces! Photo © 2020 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (Kathryn Kavanagh).

WildChild Blog: It's Good to be Back!.

Last Friday was the first session back for our Wildchild events and we had an amazing time!

As you may have seen from my previous blog posts, I’ve been very busy creating resources for families to enjoy during lockdown. I have really enjoyed making how to sheets and trying new crafts. Now I am really happy to be able to set up sessions for families to once again enjoy the outdoors safely.

Lets make a butterfly feeder.

Transforming the Trent Valley's WildChild Officer show us a great craft idea for all the family to enjoy making. Why not have a go yourself at making a butterfly feeder.

Share your creations on social media using #thetrentvalley.

Lets make a mini den.

Transforming the Trent Valley's WildChild Officer show us a great craft idea for all the family to enjoy making. Why not have a go yourself at making a mini den.

Share your creations on social media using #thetrentvalley.

Lets make a dreamcatcher.

Transforming the Trent Valley's WildChild Officer show us a great craft idea for all the family to enjoy making. Why not have a go yourself at making a dreamcatcher.

Share your creations on social media using #thetrentvalley.

Lets make a spiders web.

Transforming the Trent Valley's WildChild Officer show us a great garden craft idea for all the family to enjoy making. Why not have a go yourself at making a really wild spiders web?How difficult can it be?

Share your creations on social media using #thetrentvalley.

Nature prints and textures using leaves.

Following this weeks Lockdown BioBlitz using the theme of texture, shape and form, Transforming the Trent Valley's WildChild Officer Kathryn shows us hot to take imprints of the textures and shape of leaves found in our gardens or during a walk in the countryside. Have a go yourself or you could try making leaf prints or sticking different leaves onto a sheet of paper to make a leaf collage?

Share your creations on social media using #thetrentvalley.

How to make planters from recycled materials © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

How to make planters from recycled materials.

How to make planters from recycled materials © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

Planters and seed trays can be made from everyday rubbish we normally put in our recycle bin.

Why not give that single use plastic a secondchance with these handy planter ideas?

Share your recycled planter ideas with us on twitter using #thetrentvalley

Mini-beast Spotter Sheet © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

Mini-beast Spotter Sheet

Mini-beast Spotter Sheet © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

How many bugs can you spot in your garden?

See what lurks and scuttles around in your garden. Woodlice, worms, moths, beetles and slugs. How many more can you find?

Share your completed spotter sheets with us on twitter using #thetrentvalley

Finding your inside wildside © 2020 Kathryn Kavanagh (Transforming the Trent Valley).

Clay Creations!

I found some clay and decided to mould some creatures, and use natural materials to add features. My go-to clay creation is usually the hedgehog because I can make the spines from sticks but I wanted to do something more challenging and since it is Spring...

Finding your inside wildside © 2020 Kathryn Kavanagh (Transforming the Trent Valley).

Let’s spin a spiders web!

For this post I am taking inspiration from a spider and spinning a web. It’s something straight forward and very relaxing to make. When you weave the circles around the web you get into a calming groove (if you’re also able to sit outside and listen to nature in your garden added bonus!).

How to make biodegradable planters from recycled materials © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

How to make biodegradable planters from recycled materials.

How to make biodegradable planters from recycled materials © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

How to make biodegradable planters from recycled materials

A simple how to guide to making biodegradable planters from recycled materials found in your home.

Share your recycled, biodegradable planters with us on twitter using #thetrentvalley

Garden Bird Spotter Sheet © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

Garden Bird Spotter Sheet.

Garden Bird Spotter Sheet © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

How many different types of bird can you spot in your garden?

This handy spotter sheet is perfect for children and adults to discover and identify some of the bird species that visit your garden.

Share your completed Garden Bird ID Spotter Sheets with us on twitter using #thetrentvalley

Garden Butterfly Spotter Sheet © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

Garden Butterfly Spotter Sheet.

Garden Butterfly Spotter Sheet © 2020 Transforming the Trent Valley

How many different types of butterfly can you spot in your garden?

This handy spotter sheet is perfect for children and adults to discover and identify some of the butterfly species that visit your garden.

Share your completed Garden Butterfly ID Spotter Sheets with us on twitter using #thetrentvalley