School Trips & Tours to the Eden Project
School Trips & Tours to the Eden Project
A captivating hub of sustainability and conservation, the Eden Project provides geography and science students with an unparalleled insight into a fascinating array of tropical wildlife. Home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world, the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome boasts over 1,000 varieties of plant species alone, sure to capture the imaginations of both students and teachers alike. During educational school trips to the Eden Project, pupils will also have the opportunity to learn about the conservation work the charity carries out, all the while exploring the abundance of exotic plants both inside and out. We offer the following unforgettable school trips to the Eden Project, Cornwall.
An unmissable experience for both science and geography pupils, the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome is the largest of its kind in the world. Home to over a thousand exotic plants from tropical islands, South America, West Africa and Southeast Asia, the biome is heated to 18-35°C to replicate the temperatures of the plants’ natural habitat. Students can explore the vast indoor jungle, learning about diverse and unusual flora and fauna from all over the world.
Rainforest Canopy Walkway
While navigating the 50-metre high biome, your students will also have the chance to explore from the treetops via the Rainforest Canopy Walkway. Offering spectacular views across the biome, the walkway also provides a number of fascinating learning opportunities for pupils, from finding out how plants form to fit their function in the Nest Platform to learning about how the rainforests sustain themselves at the Canopy Camp. A brilliant experience for school groups, the canopy walkway is a great way for students to fully get to grips with the dynamic and beautiful environment which surrounds them.
As well as its incredible tropical habitat, the Eden Project also boasts a Mediterranean Biome, showcasing some of the most stunning plants that thrive in temperatures from 9-25°C. With wildlife originating from all over the world, including South Africa, California and, of course, the Mediterranean, the biome boasts vibrant flowers, twisted olive trees and bountiful vines. A habitat which will be more familiar to your students than its rainforest counterpart, this incredible biome is an exceptional sensory experience, with its bright colours and sweet, heady aromas all vying for your attention.
Eden Project Accommodation
The YHA Eden Project is within walking distance of the Eden Project itself and is the most convenient place to stay during your school trip. It also provides a great base for your exploration of the wider Cornwall area.
The YHA Eden Project also offers guests the chance to attend a number of unique events, giving school groups the fantastic opportunity to get onsite once the Project is closed to the public – including inside the Rainforest Biome at night!
With Cornwall famous for a number of regional delicacies, students on educational tours to the Eden Project are certainly in for a treat! The origin of some of our favourite British classics, pupils should take the opportunity to sample a traditional Cornish pasty - a hearty combination of succulent mince beef and juicy onions encased in a flaky pastry shell - as well as the local Cornish ice cream, classically rich and creamy and perfect for a summer visit.
A stunning sculpture situated by the entrance to the biomes, the Giant Bee is a constant reminder of how important pollinating insects are to both plants and humans. Sat within one of the Eden Project’s vivid outdoor flowerbeds, students can marvel at the impressive sculpture, while teachers can take the opportunity to teach pupils how flowering plants are pollinated.
Over 20 acres of diverse and exciting outdoor flower beds, the Eden Project’s Outdoor Gardens are home to over 3,000 different species of plant. Miles of twisting paths will take students through stunning gardens and past breath-taking landscapes which feature everything from ornamental flowers to crops being grown for medicine, fuel and food. Highlights include the global allotments which are sure to inspire students to grow their own produce, as well as the mesmerising Spiral Garden which is designed to stimulate all your senses.
WEEE Man Waste Sculpture
A 3.3 tonne sculpture at the heart of the Eden Project’s Outdoor Gardens, the WEEE Man Waste Sculpture represents the amount of electrical and electronic equipment the average British household throws away over a lifetime. Commissioned to raise awareness of the abundance of electrical waste we dispose of, the sculpture is crafted out of a whole range of items, from lawn mowers and satellite dishes to mobile phones and mp3 players, giving students a chance to reflect on the importance of recycling waste rather than disposing of it as rubbish.
As school trip with excellent curriculum links for both KS3 and KS5, here at WST we can devise an exciting itinerary tailored to your students’ needs and interests. To arrange a school trip to the Eden Project for your pupils, get in touch with one of our specialist team members today who will be happy to help.