Further information

Booking

How to book educational visits for schools or groups:

To book a visit please call the Ecology service on tel: 020 7938 8186.

We are usually very busy in the Spring and Summer terms so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Essential preliminary visit

We strongly recommend that teachers take the opportunity to visit the Ecology Centre and familiarise themselves with the location and resources to ensure that pupils get the most from their trip.

Each teacher/leader is therefore invited to attend a preliminary planning meeting to discuss the focus of study. This is an opportunity to view the wildlife area and review the facilities, equipment, activities and health and safety issues in advance of your visit. A pre-visit is essential for first-time visitors and teachers who will be leading the session themselves.

Centre Capacity

The Ecology Centre can cater for groups of up to thirty children with accompanying adults.

Availability

The centre is available from 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, during official school terms. Sessions last from 2 hours to a full day, depending on your requirements. 

Lunchtime Arrangements

Packed lunches can be eaten inside the ecology centre by arrangement. There are outdoor picnic areas in the park and a café and ice-cream kiosk. There are unsupervised play areas including a toddlers playground (0-5 years) and an adventure playground, both within easy reach of the Ecology Centre.

Supervision

All children must be supervised by adults on visits to the Ecology Centre. The recommended adult to child ratio is 1:8 for juniors and 1:6 for infants. The maximum class size is 30. Teachers must take full responsibility for the group whilst attending the Ecology Centre sessions. Risk assessment must be completed by the school.