Islington Ecology Centre

What will students see and do?

Looking for science school trips to London? The 2.8-hectare Gillespie Park nature reserve and Ecology Centre in Islington is home to a wealth of wildlife, including 244 species of plants, 94 species of birds and 24 types of butterflies – perfect for primary school trips and secondary school trips alike.

If you’re looking for somewhere to take young children, the Ecology Centre is the ideal school trip for early years in London. Children can tackle forest school activities and discover the ponds, woodland and meadow areas.

If you’re on the hunt for field studies or school trip ideas that really embrace learning outside the classroom, then we recommend that you plan an ecology field trip to the park’s outdoor Ecology Centre. This visit will give students advice on wildlife, environmental issues, gardening and sustainable living. If it’s just free school trips you’re after, the Gillespie Park nature reserve has plenty to explore.

Teaching resources provided

Pupils can enjoy a variety of stimulating, tailored sessions, designed to enthuse and engage young people with their environment.

Teacher training is also available. Contact the Ecology Centre via its website for more information.

Minimum and maximum group size

Call the team to enquire about pupil numbers.

Details of risk assessment

Speak to the schools team if you need help filling out your risk assessment for this trip.


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Facilities on-site

The Ecology Centre has an indoor classroom available which can be booked during office hours and at weekends.

Opening times

Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm.



Call for details about the price of school trips.

Travel arrangements

There are entrances to the park on Drayton Park, Gillespie Road, Quill Street and Seven Sisters Road.

By tube: Arsenal, Finsbury Park
By train: Drayton Park
By bus: 4, 19, 236


Islington Ecology Centre, 191 Drayton Park, London
N5 1PH

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