School trips to Eden

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Workshop overview

What happens: Children are met by the Packaging Patroller who sets them their challenge; to complete their training and become members of the Packaging Patrol themselves. Working in teams, they set about sorting some rubbish and play a game to discover the hierarchy of waste – reduce, reuse, recycle. They compare humans' packaging waste with the packaging that plants use to protect their seeds and talk about the importance of seeds and fruit in a plant's life cycle.  

On their journey through the Rainforest Biome pupils observe carefully to collect and record examples and pictures of fruit and seeds (plant packaging) and flowers (plant advertising).

Back in the classroom the teams look at examples of seeds and figure out the importance and different methods of seed dispersal.  Finally we return to people and waste and consider what nature can teach us about how we should deal with our waste. Before they're invited to join the Packaging Patrol and receive their certificate pupils, make a Packaging Promise to take action to reduce their own waste.

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

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • consider key issues in waste and recycling and understand that their choices can make a difference
  • understand the importance of seeds, fruit and seed dispersal in a plant life cycle
  • learn key vocabulary – reduce, reuse, recycle, biodegradable, seed, fruit, seed dispersal

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

In Science, pupils should be taught that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They should recognise that environments can change, which sometimes poses dangers to living things. They should investigate reproduction in plants and how they are adapted to suit their environment.

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.20 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £124 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
This workshop is accredited under the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme. Completion of the workshop enables the student to gain one sticker towards the SuperStar Award.