'Residentials' with The Sustainability Centre South Downs for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
Our 55 acre woodland site nestled in the stunning South Downs hills is a perfect place to learn and explore.
With the wealth of opportunities in our grounds, we can arrange activities ranging from South Downs walks and bushcraft courses to camp fires and habitat studies. We also offer activities focused on eco building, farming and food, renewable energies and conservation.
The Wetherdown Lodge where you will stay was once home to Royal Navy recruits. It has since been completely renovated and equipped with green energy technology that meets all the heating needs of the building. Pupils can monitor the output of the photovoltaic (solar energy) panels on the roof, and find out about the Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps that are installed in our lodge and Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
We provide full catering including buffet breakfasts, packed lunches and delicious healthy evening meals. All meals are home made by our on site chef of the Beech Cafe with local organic ingredients - a favourite with teachers and children alike!
What activities are available during group visits?
1-4 night residential
Eco Explorers, is our home grown residential which gives pupils a hands-on experience of sustainability, nature, habitats, eco-living and healthy food, all in the great outdoors.
JOHN MUIR CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE
3 night residential
In this residential pupils will discover all about the inspiring founder of National Parks, John Muir, in our glorious National Park - The South Downs. Activities will focus on conservation, protecting our planet and supporting it's species.
We recommend a 4 day stay, allowing pupils to achieve their Level 1 'Discovery' of the John Muir award (24 hours minimum time commitment). Available for shorter stays with no award.
1-2 night residential
We can create a bespoke itinerary for a shorter residential. Perfect for a first time away from home and a local visit. Pick your topics from our Day Trip options popular examples include food and farming, water conservation, habitat studies, sensory discovery and eco-buildings, most can be adapted to suit the key stage.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Team building.
Help students develop their communication and teamwork skills, enjoy our team building or forest skills activities during your stay!
Curriculum topics available: Story telling.
Be immersed in our story telling experience in our atmospheric woodland hall on your residential stay!
Curriculum topics available: Orienteering.
Get your students moving, with a fun and educational purpose. Our orienteering activity combines their map reading skills, with our 55 acre site to explore! Alternatively, join us for our team building activities including 'Lava River' and 'Ski Planks'!
Curriculum topics available: Sculpture, Craft.
Art is interwoven through many of our day visit and residential activities. We provide many opportunities for students creativity to flourish, examples include chalk carving, clay tree spirits, nature mandalas and much more!
Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Teamwork and resilience.
Help students develop their communication and teamwork skills, enjoy our team building or forest skills activities! Learn more about where their food comes from on our local food and farming visit, exploring our partner farm on a tractor trailer ride!
Curriculum topics available: Where food comes from.
Learn more about where food comes from with our local food and farming topic, explore our partner farm on a tractor trailer ride. Back at the Centre see if you can match raw ingredients to final packaged products!
Learn more about where food comes from with our local food and farming topic, explore our partner farm on a tractor trailer ride. This two hour tour, provided by the fantastic farmers we work with, gives an in-depth view of how a farm works day to day!
In our 55 acre site we have an abundance of wildlife. We focus on habitat studies for mini-beasts and pond creatures and link this to food chains and the eco-system! During our food and farming topic we have a very popular bee game - where you can learn about one of our most important pollinators!
Our expert tutors teach a range of bushcraft skills from fire lighting to shelter building, introductory wood carving skills and more. All of these activities are found to boost students confidence and social skills!
Curriculum topics available: Stone Age.
Want to know how things were made in The Stone Age? Or simply how they survived? Enjoy our hands-on topic exploring life through The Stone Age and how it progressed from the Paleolithic, to Mesolithic and Neolithic eras.
Curriculum topics available: Saxon Settlements, Arts and Culture.
Whilst you're staying with us why not learn all things Anglo-Saxon with our expert tutors. From an engaging show and tell experience with real and replica artefacts, to willow weaving hurdles and clay archaeology - it's sure to be a memorable experience!
Curriculum topics available: War Propaganda, Women in wartime, Rationing.
Did you know The Sustainability Centre used to be HMS Mercury? Travel back in time to WW2 discovering how the site was used and learn about all manner of things from rationing to clothing in our interactive show and tell experience!
Curriculum topics available: Plants, Animals including humans, Everyday materials, Living things and habitats, Life Cycles, Minibeasts, Habitats, Forest School.
Discover all things mini-beasts! Conduct a comparative study between two different habitats, pond and woodlands, look at their place in the food chain, learn their life cycles and identifying factors. Or you can focus on a range of natural materials and their uses or plants with our botany topic!
Curriculum topics available: Natural resources.
Take a tour of our site and see how we've used natural materials and resources, then get hands-on with our building activities using chalk to make a rammed earth wall, cobb to build an earth oven and sand bags to create a bridge!
Curriculum topics available: Map and atlas.
Develop your map skills as part of our orienteering activity. Students will study an OS map of the local area, learn how to use 6 grid references and what the symbols in the key represent. When out exploring the 55 acre site, they will use a compass and understand it works.
Our exciting new John Muir Residential focuses on conservation tasks, learn about the founder of National Parks and what we can do to help the environment. Or you can focus on renewable energy sources with a trip to a proposed wind turbine site, using anemometers to measure wind speed!
Delve into clay archaeology as part of our Saxon topic!
All of our topics have sustainability woven into their fabric. At the Centre we work alongside the Permaculture principles of People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share. So whether you're looking for activities about energy, farming, habitats, green buildings or botany, we've got it!
What size groups do you cater for?
We can cater for one class at a time (Max 38) this includes the accompanying adults.
Is there first aid on site?
We have fully qualified first aid trained staff.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
We have wheelchair access grounds and facilities.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We have specialised tutors trained in working with students with Special Educational Needs.
Please see below our film following pupils enjoying an Eco Explorers week residential.
Who are 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.
Reviews from Schools..
★★★★★ "This trip is the highlight of the school year! It enables our students to have new learning experiences outside of the school classroom. They learn about how to look after each other, the planet and themselves. It is an opportunity for team building, bonding and learning about sustainable living through inquiry."
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Feel free to use our tailor-made trip form and we can help you find the perfect experience for your class!