The Wildlife Discovery Room

The Wildlife Discovery Room

Pond dipping, Sarah Watson 

Perfect for pond dipping, Forest Schools and campfire activities

Our Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water offers it all.

A purpose built outdoor classroom with a pond dipping platform, campfire circle, woodland trails, bug hotels and artwork - all located next to the reservoir adjacent to visitor centre amenities.

We also have an indoor classroom for when the weather really is too much to handle! 

Come on, let's have some fun!

Know before you go

We're really easy to find -  our address is: 

Carsington Water, Carsington, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ST


Parking at Carsington Water Visitor Centre is £3 for two hours and £5 for the whole day. 


The outdoor classroom is directly opposite the Stone's Island next to the reservoir. Follow the main route from the visitor centre entrance and you will see the gate on your left hand side, opposite the sculpture mound. 

The indoor classroom is accessed via the main courtyard - the door is to the left of the courtyard between the ice cream shop and toilets. 



Shops as part of the Visitor Centre

Refreshments as part of the Visitor Centre

Picnic areas dotted around the reservoir

Outdoor play areas

Bird hides 

Access to water sport facilities 

Opening times

The Education Room and Outdoor Classroom open for scheduled events.

Please see our What's On section to discover what is coming up.

Teacher's corner

Learn more

Pond dipping, Sarah Watson 

All our lives are better when they're a bit wild
The Wildlife Trusts

We also work with schools and teachers across the county, offering school trips to nature reserves and activities such as pond dipping or building bug hotels, plus, we also visit schools - ensuring playgrounds are perfect for wildlife and teachers are clued up on all things wild!

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Let's have some fun together