Primary education

brown-trout-school-worlSince it’s inception the Trust has been educating children about the importance of rivers. For the last ten years the Trust has been running the Rivers in the Classroom scheme; initially we started with a small handful of schools but we’ve now expanded our reach across the whole catchment.

The River in the Classroom project is designed to teach children about rivers through fun, hands on experiences that have been tailored to the curriculum. By bringing the river into the classroom the children can see the world from a trout’s point of view, learn about river habitats, find out about the threats in the food chain and watch trout grow through it’s lifecycle from egg to fully grown trout when it will finally be released.

It is hoped that by sparking children’s interest in rivers and engaging with them we can teach them about the creatures living in rivers, pollution prevention and the importance of the environment and taking care of it.

Rivers in the Classroom

Inspiring children to connect with their local rivers through fun, practical and interactive experiences.

Our Ribble Life Together project is enabling us to connect even more people, from across the catchment, with their local rivers in even more ways than before. This includes involving schools in other work that the Ribble Life Partnership is doing to benefit the Ribble’s rivers, so that they are an active part of their river’s heritage.

Exploring local rivers as a teaching resource through our programme:

  • Engaging and interactive
  • Local and meaningful to children
  • Links to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum  
  • Encourages children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Delivered by our experienced education team who are all fully DBS checked
  • Supports throughout the programme to ensure that it is both a fun and safe experience

Schools that take part in the programme become one of our ‘River Wise’ schools, get their own point on our ‘River Wise’ map and are awarded a certificate to display in school.

To find out more download our ‘Rivers in the Classroom’ leaflet or workshop informationTo find out about opportunities for your school to get involved, get in touch: | 01200 444452 |

Secondary education

burnley-collegeEach year we receive help from numerous GCSE students who take up work
placements with us, this allows students to gain a unique insight into how the Trust operates with opportunities to get involved in a range of activities, such as electrofishing, whilst shadowing members of our staff.

The Trust also accommodates groups such as the National Citizen Service, Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir awards by creating unique volunteer days which have been tailored to meet the groups course requirements whilst educating the participants about the environment and the work charities such as the Trust carry out.


The Ribble Rivers Trust are proud to have connections with some of the area’s leading universities and for many years we have been working alongside bachelors, masters and PhD students to assist with their studies.

Since the start of the Ribble Life Together project the Trust has been able to increase this work and we are happy to happy to be hosting three PhD researchers from Liverpool University. These researchers will be investigating the social elements involved with the Ribble Life Together Project delivery and looking at how the Trust and partners communicate.

Adult learning

invertsIn the past the Trust has been involved in educational activities for both professionals and the general public.

By working with conservation, land and farm managers and providing tailored training we hope that we can increase knowledge of some of the key issues the catchment faces. One example of this was our recent PINPOINT training workshop which was attended by staff from Natural England, Forest of Bowland AONB, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and other Rivers Trusts from across the UK. This workshop involved a combination of farm visits and classroom learning to help professionals to deliver effective farm management advise.

Members of the public can also get involved by volunteering; we offer a range of opportunities including the Riverfly Monitoring programme which teaches aquatic invertebrate identification skills an allows the volunteer to adopt their own stretch of the river to monitor and sample!