School trips to Eden

Find out why students and teachers enjoy their educational trips to Eden so much!

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Workshop overview

What happens: The challenge is for students to identify and explain plant adaptations suitable for life in the rainforest and use ideas about evolution to explain the occurrence of these adaptations. Starting in the Core students are introduced to the idea of adaptation through a quiz, use of video and by handling props.  In the Rainforest Biome students sketch and note examples of plant adaptations to the rainforest ecosystem and begin to hypothesise as to how these adaptations help the plant.

On our return to the Core students share ideas about how particular adaptations give a plant a competitive advantage. They then play a game in to investigate how plants have evolved these useful adaptations – the game develops their understanding of variation (within and between species), adaptation and natural selection all set within the context of the Rainforest ecosystem. Finally, we consider how environmental change can lead to extinction.

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

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • Identify examples of plant adaptations to the Rainforest ecosystem and deduce why they are important for survival.
  • Identify variation within species and between species in the rainforest and select organisms that are able to compete more successfully and pass on their genes (natural selection).

  • Predict how changes in the environment may lead to species being more or less well adapted to compete successfully.

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

In Science, pupils should be taught how organisms affect and are affected by their environment.

They should be taught how genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next (heredity) and that variation between species and within a species means that some organisms compete more successfully which can drive natural selection. They should also be taught how changes in the environment may leave some individuals within a species, and some entire species, less well adapted to compete successfully. 

An excellent learning experience for the students.

KS3 Co-ordinator for Science, Redruth School

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.50 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £130 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; 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

This workshop is accredited under the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme and goes towards a Discovery Award. In order to gain the award it is also necessary for the students to have completed some of the suggested pre and post visit activities provided upon booking.

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