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Workshop overview

All life on our planet is inter-dependent and all species have a role to play in their ecosystem. Conserving biodiversity and fully functioning ecosystems is key to the survival of all species. So, what does biodiversity actually do for us? Why and where is it being lost? And what can be done to halt the decline?

What happens: This classroom-based session links strongly with Biology and Geography A level syllabuses. We encourage the students to ask questions and build a running dialogue with us throughout the session. After the presentation there is an optional activity linked to the content that the students can complete in our Biomes. 

Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre, with an optional follow-up activity in the Biomes.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • Describe what is meant by the term biodiversity and explain why it’s so important. 
  • Recall different drivers of biodiversity loss and distinguish between them, giving examples.
  • Assess different methods for the conservation of biodiversity including international strategies. 

We've designed the workshop to complement the following specifications:

  • Edexcel A level Geography (2016). Area 2, key ideas 3.4, 3.6, 3.9. Area 3, key ideas 5.2c, 5.4c, 5.5b, 6.7. Area 4, key ideas 7.7a, 7.6c, 8B.9
  • Edexcel A level Biology B (2015). Topic 3 Classification and Biodiversity 3.3, Topic 10 Ecosystems 10.4
  • Edexcel A level Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) from 2015.Topic 4 Biodiversity and Natural Resources 4.1, 4.2, 4.16. Topic 5 On the Wild Side 5.22
  • AQA A level Biology, 3.4.6 Biodiversity within a Community
  • AQA A level Geography. 3.1.5.1 Ecosystems and sustainability. 3.1.5.2 Ecosystems and processes
  • OCR A level Biology A. 4.2.1 Biodiversity. 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability
  • OCR A level Biology B. 4.3.1 Photosynthesis, food production and management of the environment. 4.3.2b, c The impact of population increase. 3.1.3h The development of species: evolution and classification
  • OCR A level Geography (from 2016). Topic 3.4 – Future of Food 4a

It also offers content aimed at extending students' thinking beyond the specifications.

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.50 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £130 per group (includes VAT). Group size is flexible. 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; Key Stage 1, 1:6; Key Stage 2 and 3, 1:10; Key Stage 4, 1:15; Key Stage 5, 1:20). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £15 per adult

  • a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance
  • Find out the steps we’ve taken to ensure that all participants on Eden Project school visits are safe, with our covid-secure operating procedures