The Sustainability Centre

School Trips @ The Sustainability Centre South Downs

The Sustainability Centre is an environmental education centre with a difference. We focus on teaching about all aspects of sustainability on our 55 acre woodland site, where we work and live, demonstrating sustainable living.

Why book The Sustainability Centre South Downs for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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We have a range of expert tutors, indoor and outdoor spaces for learning, a large woodland managed to increase biodiversity, neighbouring farms, live in yurts, a straw bale building, a woodland classroom, a natural sewage system, food gardens, compost toilets, a biomass boiler, an organic cafe, ponds, the local River Meon and a lot of wildlife!

Our educational programmes are cross curricular. Activities include building with earth bags and clay, enjoying a trailer tractor tour of our partner farm or experiencing a day in the woods around an open fire. A schools' visit to our Centre allows pupils to be active and brings the topic of sustainability alive.

What activities are available during group visits?

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We offer day trips and residentials for Primary and Secondary schools with a wide range of topics and hands on activities all linked with the National Curriculum. We also offer an outreach programme for local schools.

Topics include:

Exploring Materials and Change KS1
Mini-beasts in their Habitat KS1
Where is Katie Caterpillar( Reception)

Key Stage 2:

Eco Buildings
Renewable Energy and Energy Saving
Farming Food and Seasonality
Forest Skills
Waste and Worms
Water Conservation
Eco Exploration
Wood for Good
Leave Only Footprints (Saxons in the Meon Valley)
Habitats and Food Chains
Green Guardians (themed day)
Sensory Discovery and Mini Art

Key Stage 3 & 4:

Renewable Energy and Water Treatment
Sustainability In Building Design
Food and Farming
Woodland Management, Forest Skills & Eco Art
Team Building
Field Studies-River studies and village comparison.

What size groups do you cater for?

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On our day visits we can cater for a maximum of 60 pupils. On our residentials we can cater for 34 pupils and 3 teachers.

Is there first aid on site?

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We have fully first aid qualified staff.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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We have wheelchair accessible grounds and facilities.

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