Wetland visitor centres play a crucial role in giving people access to wildlife, and information about conservation.
Centres can be defined as ‘a focal point that brings people into contact with wetlands and wildlife’. This concept embraces built centres with thousands of visitors per year, to small structures such as a bird-hide with some infomation panels, to a community group that runs guided tours at a specific wetland site.
Visitor centres may also have a range of activities such as fishing and hunting, recreational activities, catering and café, retail opportunities, and of course CEPA activities. Each will be designed according to local needs and limitations, and will depend upon funding not only for construction but also for the operation of the centre.
Visitor segmentation booklet
WWT’s visitor segmentation booklet shows how you can identify your visitor’s needs by interest group.
Please check our making-a-splash leaflet, showing how different approaches work for wetland centres.
STEP estuary education
European funded STEP project explores how wetland centres at estuary sites can deliver wetland education and sustainability
ASWM boardwalks & trails
For practical advice and guidance on boardwalks and trails, see the Association of State Wetland Managers’ brochure
Fergus Fall’s courses
Some great ideas for activities at a wetland at Fergus Fall’s page for educators
Give a great talk
Talks hints and tips, how to prepare for giving a good talk, from WLI
23-page guide to engaging communities with local wetlands. From the Education and Public Action Group of the Wetland Education Network (WEN) in Alberta, Canada, with the Alberta North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
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