Elan Valley

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The Elan Valley Estate comprises over 70 square miles of spectacular scenery, including moorland, woodland, rivers and six dams with their associated reservoirs.

Groups who have previously visited the Estate have studied woodland management, man's use of a glaciated valley and management of an area important for water resources, tourism and conservation.

The Estate is an ideal location for studying topics such as biodiversity, conservation, woodland ecology and management issues, as well as the conflicts and benefits of the construction of dams.

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Why are Elan Valley great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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The Elan Valley is in Powys, mid Wales and comprises over 70 square miles of
spectacular landscape and habitats, which together with a large Visitor Centre make an ideal learning environment. Education visits are free of charge and available to pupils of all ages throughout the year. A range of activities are available including pond dipping, minibeast hunts, learning about the dams and reservoirs (with a chance to visit inside a dam!) and river studies.

Educational visits are Free of Charge!

Elan Valley hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge - we were the first site in Wales to be awarded it in 2009 and successfully renewed it in 2011.

We can offer either a set programme of activities or alternatively can devise specific ones to an individual teacher's requirements if required.

We have a large Visitor Centre, which has an exhibition hall showing the natural history of the Estate and its management, the water scheme, the building of the dams and hydro-electric power. There is an audiovisual display about the Elan Valley, information desk and gift shop as well as a cafe and public toilets.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Up to 50, depending upon the activity being undertaken.

Is there first aid on site?

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Rangers hold current First Aid at Work certificates and a standard First Aid kit is always carried when leading an educational party. Please note that the staff in charge of a visiting group are responsible for the administration of First Aid and no group will be allowed on site without a suitably qualified First Aider. An additional First Aid kit is held at the Information Desk at the Visitor Centre and in all Ranger vehicles. It is the responsibility of the visiting group's staff to ensure that any specific medication required by a pupil is available when required, and where necessary the Education Ranger is informed of any such condition. This could also include any allergies to bee stings, plants, etc.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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The venue tries to accommodate the requirements of visitors with special needs. Visiting staff must ensure that suitable arrangements are in place in order that appropriate supervision and assistance is available to pupils with special needs when booking the visit. Physical Impairment � Wheelchair access is possible throughout the Visitor Centre but is difficult elsewhere due to the terrain of the Estate. Visual Impairment - The Visitor Centre has an audio-visual show. Pupils with visual impairment are welcome to sit in the front row. Hearing Impairment - Pupils with hearing impairment are welcome to sit in the front row for the audio-visual show. We are aware that clarification of specific provision may be needed by schools in relation to more detailed risk assessment requirements for certain pupils. In such circumstances we would invite schools to contact us.

Anything else?

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We are happy to arrange the visit/s around our set activities (see our website for details). If you would like to develop your own programme for a school trip or study group, we would be pleased to offer our assistance and facilities.




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