The Sustainability Centre Residentials
School Trips @ The Sustainability Centre South Downs
We are an eco, green education centre specialising in Sustainable living, eco building, nature and countryside, providing a very hands on practical experience.
Why are The Sustainability Centre South Downs great for 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 night walks and bushcraft courses to camp fires.
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 how much woodchip is needed to provide all the heat and hot water for their stay.
Pupils also recycle their lunch box waste, help to feed the chickens, use the low-flush option on toilets, and discover how hot the water can get thanks to those solar panels.
We provide full catering including buffet breakfasts, packed lunches and 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?
THE SOUTH DOWNS EXPERIENCE
5 DAY RESIDENTIAL
A truly varied South Downs Adventure program. The South Downs Experience is for years 5 and 6 pupils, based at our Wetherdown Lodge. You visit Lower Farm, Butser Ancient Farm and Queen Elizabeth Country Park as part of a National Park study.
5 DAY 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.
1, 2 & 3 DAY RESIDENTIAL
These are tailored trips for years 3 and 4. We can create a special combination of topics to suite your learning objectives. We specialise in creating a safe, welcoming environment for the all important first trip away. We can cover any topic from any of our longer or day trips. Our most popular topics are forest skills, habitats, Saxons, team building and eco buildings activities.
You can select from the following packs:-
Pick and Mix
South Downs Experience
You can select from any of our activities in the Pick'n'Mix Pack to create your own bespoke day trip.
What size groups do you cater for?
We can cater for 34 children and 3 teachers.
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.
Here is a link to our film following pupils enjoying Eco Explorers week.
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★★★★★ Stefanie Waterman, Southbank International School
"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."
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