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School trips to Eden

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Workshop overview

What happens: Students must embark on a quest of discovery through the Rainforest Biome that will educate them in how the rainforest can be drawn upon to give them what they need to live.

Surrounded by expedition survival equipment, maps and plant samples, the Education Officer assists the students in their preparation for this survival challenge. Students will undergo basic training through role play and careful examination of plant specimens to consider how they could be used.

By observing what grows in the Rainforest Biome, the students identify plants for survival. The information they gather is used to complete their Rainforest Rangers’ notebook. This activity encourages students to think about how plants are adapted for life in the tropics, how they can be used for human survival and how indigenous people have adapted them for their own everyday use. On returning to the classroom, we reflect on what’s been learnt, and why the rainforest is important for all of us.

Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre and the Rainforest Biome.

'The children are so lucky to have the opportunity to touch, feel and smell the rainforest. It really helped the children appreciate how different the rainforest environment and climate is.'
Visiting teacher

Read about one school's experience on Rainforest Rangers.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • understand our basic dependence on plants for survival
  • experience the rainforest environment and a sense of awe and wonder in the natural world
  • begin to consider the importance of rainforest conservation

We've designed the workshop to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

In Geography, pupils should learn about the location of the Amazon Rainforest, South America as well as the physical and human characteristics of that region. They should consider the essential requirements of humans in order to survive and how they can meet those needs and use fieldwork to observe and record features of the rainforest biome. In Science, pupils should consider ways in which the rainforest is under threat and how it can be conserved. They should be encouraged to use scientific and geographical terms correctly and report their findings giving clear oral explanations.

Practical information

The workshop costs £5.80 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £116 per group (includes VAT). Maximum group size is 35. The cost includes:

  • a facilitated workshop with our Education Team
  • free access to the Eden site for the day
  • all equipment needed for the workshop
  • free teaching resources enabling your class to prepare for the workshop and to follow up on the activity (download a sample copy)
  • a personal welcome from the Education Team at the entrance
  • 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 suggested adult/pupil ratios are as follows: Early Years Foundation Stage, 1:3; Years 1-3, 1:6; Years 4 and up, 1:10). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £14.75 per adult
  • a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance

'My best part of the day was when we went into the rainforest and looked at the cocoa bean that makes chocolate.'
Visiting pupil

'Excellent workshop and well informed leaders… The children enjoyed every part.'
Visiting teacher

'[My best of the day was] exploring in the pretend rainforest and listening to the story teller in the Mediterranean Biome in the afternoon.'
Visiting pupil

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