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School trips to Eden

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Activity overview

Who doesn’t like making a den? This activity adds an Eden twist to an ancient art.

What happens: Following some team warm-ups to encourage communication skills, pupils then investigate features of shelters from around the world, both in the classroom and by following a map trail around Eden. Back at base teams must barter and trade to acquire the materials they need to build their den. Their structures must comply with a number of criteria to have the best chance of becoming the winning E-den and of surviving the final ‘trial by storm’.

Skills and curriculum links

This Challenge enables pupils to:

  • communicate effectively to achieve a goal
  • maintain motivation to see a task through to the end
  • use creativity and imagination to solve challenges
  • evaluate and build successful structures

Practical information

  • a facilitated 3-hour session with our Education Team 
  • full, free access to the Eden site for the day (during opening hours) 
  • all equipment needed to complete your challenge 
  • a personal welcome from the Education Team on arrival 
  • a base for your bags in our purpose-built education centre, The Core 
  • a space to eat your own lunch 
  • free entry for accompanying adult helpers, whose participation is essential to the success of the day (please note, our maximum adult/pupil ratios are as follows: KS2 and KS3, 1:10)
  • a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance

Combine this with an overnight stay

Why not make a proper trip out of your school visit and combine a School Challenge like this with a School workshop and a stay at the onsite YHA Eden Project? Make your booking via YHA Eden Project.

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