Environmental Education Bookings

Picture of a classom in the Ecology centre with children answering questions from the teacher.

 

Teachers are welcome to book two-hour curriculum linked workshops at our purpose-built Ecology Centre. 

The centre is well resourced with a range of scientific equipment, interactive whiteboard, live and static wildlife specimens and practical facilities including toilets and bag storage.  

Outdoor investigations take place in the Holland Park Wildlife Area, a secured fenced site which features a wildlife pond with a dipping platform and woodland and grassland habitats. 

If you would like to plan a school or class visit please fill in the relevant enquiry form and we can discuss the various options available for your class.

Essential preliminary visit 

We recommend that prior to their visit, 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. 

Our workshops 

Please select the programme title below to view the Teachers' notes, including curriculum links, learning objectives and outcomes.

Visits are available all year round but please book early for the summer term as it is often fully booked. 

Preschool and Foundation Stage

  • Nature Explorers

Explore the park’s woodland with a nature walk and a hunt for minibeasts with a focus on science.

Nature Explorers Teacher Notes

  • Tree Trolls

A creative craft session to create fantasy woodland creatures with a focus on cross-curricular.

Tree Trolls Teacher Notes

  • Minibeasts

Learn about the range of creatures which can be termed minibeasts with a focus on science.

Minibeasts Teacher Notes

  • I Spy

Learn how to sort creatures into groups with a focus on science.

I spy Teacher Notes

  • Autumn Watch

Search the woods for different signs of autumn (Autumn term only) with a focus on science.

Autumn watch Teacher notes

  • Winter Watch

Focus on plant and animal adaptations for surviving the winter (Autumn term 2 and Spring term 1 only) with a focus on science.

Winter watch Teacher Notes

  • Spring Watch

Explore the park spotting signs of spring (Spring term only) with a focus on science.

Spring watch Teacher Notes

  • Summer Watch

Focus on spotting signs of summer around the park (Summer term only) which will aim at learning science.

Summer watch Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1 Programmes

  • Nature Explorers

Explore the woodland with a nature walk and a hunt for minibeasts with a focus on cross-curricular.

Nature Explorers Teacher Notes

  • Minibeasts

Explore the woodland with a nature walk and a hunt for minibeasts.

Minibeasts Teacher Notes

  • Tree Trolls

A creative craft session to create fantasy woodland creatures with a focus on cross-curricular.

Tree Trolls Teacher Notes

  • Terrific Trees

Journey through the park carrying out fun activities to learn about trees with a focus on cross-curricular.

Terrific Trees Teacher Notes

  • I Spy

Learn how to sort creatures into groups with a focus on science.

I spy Teacher Notes

  • Plant Pots

Learn about plant lifecycles and make paper plant pots with a focus on science.

Plant Pots Teacher Notes

  • Autumn Watch

Search the woods for different signs of autumn (Autumn term only) with a focus on science.

Autumn watch Teacher notes

  • Winter Watch

Focus on plant and animal adaptations for surviving the winter (Autumn term 2 and Spring term 1 only) with a focus on science.

Winter watch Teacher Notes

  • Spring Watch

Explore the park spotting signs of spring. (Spring term only) with a focus on science.

Spring watch Teacher Notes

  • Summer Watch

Focus on spotting signs of summer around the park (Summer term only) which will aim at learning science.

Summer watch Teacher Notes

  • Habitats

Learn how different living things are suited to their habitat with a focus on science.

Habitats KS1 Year 1 Teacher Notes

Key Stage 2 Programmes

  • Habitats

Compare the pond and woodland habitats with a focus on science.

Habitats KS2 Teacher Notes

  • Food chains

Learn about food chains with a focus on science.

Food Chains KS2 Teacher Notes

  • Pond and Woodland Life

Compare and contrast different creatures that live in the pods and woodlands with a focus on science.

Pond and Woodland Life Teacher Notes

  • Plant Life - Pollination

Explore the different ways plants are pollinated (Spring or Summer terms only) with a focus on science.

Plant Life Pollination Teacher Notes

  • Plant Life - Seed Dispersal

Spot and identify species and their method of seed dispersal (Autumn term only) with a focus on science.

Plant life seed dispersal Teacher Notes

  • Keys - Animals

Use different keys to identify invertebrates in two different habitats with a focus on science.

Keys Animals Teacher Notes

  • Adaptation

Learn how animals are best adapted to their habitat with a focus on science.

Adaptations Teacher notes

  • Nature's Recyclers

Learn about the role of detritivores and decomposers in the woodland and build a wormery with a focus on science.

Nature Recyclers Teacher Notes

  • Lifecycles

Learn about the different types of animal lifecycles. (Spring term 2 and Summer terms only) with a focus on science.

Lifecycles Teacher Notes

Classification

Explore how living things can be classified into broad groups with a focus on science.

Secondary and Tertiary Education Programmes

We can tailor sessions to meet your learning needs. For GCSE, BTEC, A Level and tertiary groups, sessions can be designed in consultation with you and with reference to the specific course requirements. 

Visits are available all year round but please book early for the summer term as it is often fully booked. 

  • Food chains

Study the components of a food chain with a focus on science.

Food Chains KS2 Teacher Notes

  • Nature's Recyclers

Learn about the role of detritivores and decomposers in the woodland and build a wormery with a focus on science.

Nature Recyclers Teacher Notes

  • Invertebrate Population Study

Estimate the populations of different woodland invertebrate species with a focus on science.

  • Trees and Climate

Examine different features of tree species found in the park and how they relate to their climate with a focus on science.

  • Bioindicators

Learn how a species survey can be used to assess the quality of a habitat with a focus on science.

School visits: Fees and charges

April 2020 - March 2021 

These charges have been set and agreed by the Cabinet member for Environment and Communities in March 2020:

Environmental Education Session - led groups RBKC state funded schoolsRBKC private schools and non-RBKC schools/groups
workshop led by single Ecology Staff member – up to 2 hours (approx 30 children)£70£105
Ecology Centre talk (half an hour). Charge for self-led visits that use the centre.£35£35
attendance charge for using wildlife area or natural play area (per pupil) – up to 2 hours. This is for self-led groups, either Environmental Education or Forest School.£2.65£3.75

Before your school visit to the Ecology Centre you will receive an invoice by post. Invoices must be paid in full within 30 days of the invoice date. Once the payment has been received, we will send you a confirmation email.

Health and safety

  • All our sessions have been risk assessed. 
  • Upon confirming a visit, teachers will be sent a copy of our Educational Visit Health and Safety Procedure and session-based risk assessment. 
  • Visiting schools should also complete their own risk assessments. 

Supervision 

All children must be supervised by adults while visiting  the Ecology Centre. 

Recommended ratios of adults to children of visiting groups: 

age rangeratio
Early Years1:4
Infants1:6
Juniors1:8
  • the maximum class size is 30
  • teachers must take full responsibility for the group whilst attending the Ecology Centre sessions
  • risk assessments must be completed by the school

Other information - availability and capacity, and lunchtime arrangements

Availability and centre capacity 

  • the centre is available from 9:30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, during official school terms
  • sessions last from 2 hours to a full day, depending on your requirements
  • sessions normally run from 10am to noon and 1 to 3pm (earlier starts and later finishes can be requested) 
  • the Ecology Centre can cater for groups of up to 30 children with accompanying adults

Lunchtime arrangements 

  • there are outdoor picnic areas, a café and ice-cream kiosk in the park 
  • there are unsupervised play areas including a toddler's playground (0-5 years) and an adventure playground, both within easy reach of the Ecology Centre
  • the centre itself can be booked for lunch (as long as it does not conflict with another visit) 

We are a holder of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Visit the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom website for more information.

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge