Washington Wetland Centre
Funding support: WWT
Number of staff: 21
Number of visitors per year: 66,000
Overall aims of the centre:
AS A VISITOR CENTRE :
WWT Washington is a riverside oasis in the urban sprawl where you can get up close to the wild world and become part of an inspiring north eastern community.
Description of the centre
The site is 105 acres, mixed woodland, reed- bed, saline lagoon, still ponds, small flowing gill, wet grassland, wildflower meadows, amenity grassland, semi-natural and ancient woodland ( broadleaved ) hawthorn scrub and hedgerows. It is also a wet woodland with lakes and a reservoir.
Main CEPA work areas
Full time formal and informal learning programmes for schools and families and groups. Volunteer schemes across all departments. Placement/ training across various disciplines.Busy Marketing dept links with local and national press, thriving events planning and local community inclusion.
Top three successes
New pond zone facility, otter exhibit and saline lagoon creation.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre;
Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning