Habitat Study Trips

School Trips @ The Sustainability Centre South Downs

The Sustainability Centre specialises in Eco- topic visits for Schools. On the chalk downs within the Southdowns National Park we have 55 acres of wooded land with grassland and ponds as our primary resource. Our venue is great for anyone looking for a day of activities with an Eco- theme. Our habitats programme continues the theme of biodiversity, care of eco-systems and human impact with all the elements of a good science biology study. Taking just one school per day with a maximum of 60 pupils per visit allows us to protect our habitats and concentrate on teaching just your classes.
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Why book The Sustainability Centre South Downs for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Getting outside the classroom to study Science hands-on is a great class experience and is the best way to re-inforce the learning. In Habitats pupils will be discovering and identifying creatures, looking at adaptations, using classification keys, magnifiers and an underwater camera, all out of doors and using our purpose built dipping pond. They will also use sweep nets on our meadow and collecting pots in the woods. There is a chance to look at microscope images back in the classroom too. Our tutors will get pupils working together as a class and in smaller groups and will include activities to encourage protection of fragile habitats such as working on our range of bug house hotels or creating habitat piles in the woods. Habitats study introduces the class to scientific terms such as Primary and Secondary consumer, Predator and Prey, Photosynthesis and Inter-dependance which can be used in the classroom before the visit. The outdoor study covers the curriculum requirements for pupils to:explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment, recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things, and construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey." This focused day at the Sustainability Centre would be a valuable addition to any habitats study as the outdoor activities will help to reinforce classroom teaching back at school.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Habitats, Eco Buildings, Food and Farming, Renewable Energies, Water Conservation, Wilderness Skills, Leave only footprints Saxons in the Meon Valley

What size groups do you cater for?

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60 pupils maximum per day.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Classroom facilities for lunch, breaks and wet weather.

Is there first aid on site?

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First Aid Cover

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Disabled Access Disabled Toilet

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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We cater for Children with special education needs.

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