Come and join real-time experiments as Eden’s own scientists (with the help of other friendly experts) explore some of the secrets of the Invisible World with a rolling programme of talks, showcases and workshops.

Summer holiday activities 

Drop in to daily workshops and talks, all themed around our summer holidays Earth Story programme. 

24 July: Microplastics in the marine environment: from problems to solutions

Come and learn from the team at Plymouth Marine Laboratory who are investigating new ways to solve the problems caused by plastic in the ocean.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

25 – 28 July: Workshops with the Eden Team

Drop in to these science workshops throughout the day. 

29 – 31 July: All Eyes on Earth

A chance to meet the people using satellites to observe the environment – from the National Centre for Earth Observation – and to test your knowledge with a quiz.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm (no afternoon session on 31 July)

1 August: How friendly fungi helped Earth get green

Without fungi our planet really would be a whole lot worse! Get up close to some friendly fungi in this family workshop with Benjamin Mills, a researcher at the University of Leeds and NERC.  

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

2 August: Trouble in Paradise

Aldabra, a magical coral atoll the size of the Isle of Wight in the Indian Ocean, has a plastic problem. Come and hear from the daring team who collected 25 tonnes of ocean plastic from the island in five days.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

3 – 4 August: Small but mighty: the ancient microbes that built the world

The blue-green algae are amongst the most ancient of Earth’s varied life forms and are still crucial in today’s world. In these workshops with Dan Franklin, of the University of Bournemouth, we’ll explore how these live today and how humans are now seeking to use them for a sustainable future.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

5 – 9 August: Wilder Future

Meet the people working to protect our wildlife and put it back into recovery – at Cornwall Wildlife Trust – and find out how you can help take action where you live. Let’s put wildlife back on the map! #WilderFuture 

10am – 4pm

9 August: Gardening for Wildlife Quiz

Take part in a family-friendly quiz, with Eden’s Conservation Scientist Emma Pearce.

2.30pm – 3.30pm

10 – 11 August: Workshops with the Eden Team

Drop in to these science workshops throughout the day. 

12 – 14 August: Make your own soil

Soil is fundamental to life on Earth. Meet the team behind the FAB Soil Project who are creating soils that can be used to restore post-industrial landscapes, here at the Eden Project and at University of Plymouth – and have a go at making your own.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

15 August: Westcountry Rivers Lab

Have a closer look at the inhabitants of an unknown world, find out how we are threatening their existence and explore what you can do to help their survival – with Westcountry Rivers Trust’s Shona McCombie. 

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

16 August: Gardening for Wildlife Quiz

Take part in a family-friendly quiz, with Eden’s Conservation Scientist Emma Pearce.

2.30pm – 3.30pm

17 – 18 August: Workshops with the Eden Team

Drop in to these science workshops throughout the day. 

19 August: Volcan-grow!

Volcanoes seem destructive but actually they contribute a great deal to biodiversity. Experience a live erupting volcano – with our very own vulcanologist Colin Moyle. 

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

20 – 21 August: Workshops with the Eden Team

Drop in to these science workshops throughout the day.

22 – 23 August: Plastics in Focus

An opportunity to explore the full impacts of plastic pollution, from the familiar to the microscopic, and to understand how you can make a difference – with a little help from the Environment Agency.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

23 – 25 August: Workshops with the Eden Team

Drop in to these science workshops throughout the day.

26 August: Volcan-grow!

Volcanoes seem destructive but actually they contribute a great deal to biodiversity. Experience a live erupting volcano – with our very own vulcanologist Colin Moyle. 

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

27 – 28 August: DNA Detectives

Meet the team who are using cutting-edge molecular techniques to save species, at Earlham Institute and Grow Colombia. You’ll get to take part in some hands-on activities and discover your own detective skills. 

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

29 August: Plastics in Focus

An opportunity to explore the full impacts of plastic pollution, from the familiar to the microscopic, and to understand how you can make a difference – with a little help from the Environment Agency.

10am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

30 August – 1 September: Workshops with the Eden Team

Drop in to these science workshops throughout the day.