School trips to Eden

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Workshop overview

What happens: Using the Eden Project as an example of a business with sustainability at the heart of its working practices we look at the meaning and execution of sustainability.

The students will explore what it means in the real world, by looking for examples of our approach and considering how effective they are. We will consider the big picture and discuss why sustainability is so important.

We finish by looking at how students can make a meaningful contribution now and in the future.

The students can explore the Rainforest Biome to find out how and why nature works in collaboration and what we can learn from this.

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

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • understand sustainability as a practical concept through application of the ‘triple bottom line’
  • study the importance of interdependence and how being part of an organisation/network can amplify change
  • be inspired and motivated to take the message that change is possible back to their school

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

In KS3 Citizenship, students should be taught the roles played by institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school based activities.

In KS4 Citizenship, students should develop their skills to be able to use a range of research strategies, weigh up evidence, make persuasive arguments and substantiate their conclusions. They should experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.

Students should be taught the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activities.

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.20 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £124 per group (includes VAT). Maximum group size is 150. The cost includes:

  • Two-hour taught session followed by a teacher-led trail in the Rainforest Biome that looks at interdependence and symbiosis in nature
  • 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