The Eden Project: Introducing the "8th Wonder of the World"

Thursday June 9, 2016


Recognised as one of the UK’s top 50 most popular attractions and nicknamed the 8th Wonder of the World, the Eden Project is a fun, educational day out, offering an imaginative and eye-opening insight into exotic environments and sustainable living.

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Two giant domes house the world’s largest indoor rainforest and a Mediterranean microclimate, where students can experience the exact scents and smells from these environments, in the most dynamic, enjoyable geography class possible!

Built in an old clay pit in Cornwall, the Eden Project offers a captivating vision into man’s reliance on plant life, while being a method for sustainability.

 

 Rainforest Biome

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In this giant rainforest dome, students can experience the Eden Project’s very own jungle, replicating four rainforest environments: Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America. You can expect over 1,000 varieties of plants and trees meticulously sourced from destinations across the world, retained in real tropical heat.

The rainforest biome contains the sources of everyday materials and food, from bananas through to nuts and spices. Students can spot vanilla plants and cocoa beans, bananas overhead and learn where rubber comes from. 

This vast, exotic jungle houses partridges and Sulawesi birds, a large waterfall and the Canopy Walkway – where students can walk above the treetops. Wander through the immense, torrid rainforest, experience sculptures, heat and exotic organisms first-hand.

  

Mediterranean Biome

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This beautiful indoor garden recreates the landscapes found in the Mediterranean, South Africa and California, with sweet fragrances, warm temperatures and bright flowers. Stroll through the discerning sculptures depicting the myth of Dionysus, explore an American Indian hut, and spot lemons, oranges and grapefruits.

The Californian garden offers a large assortment of plants, including cacti, wildflowers and evergreen shrubs, while the Mediterranean landscape houses olives, vines and herbs. Explore desert flowers, brightly-coloured blooming plants and giant proteas in the South African garden.

 

The Core Building

This attraction, in a building based on the sculpture of a sunflower, offers interactive exhibits for students to explore, including a giant nutcracker, a 70-tonne granite sculpture and a plant engine, showing what leaves do for humankind.

 

Outdoor Gardens

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Surrounding the biomes is a vast garden with even more things to do and learn. There is a secret storytelling spot, a huge wooden ship set in a sea of tea leaves, the WEEE Man Waste Sculpture made solely from waste, and more sources of food, fuels and materials. Experience over 3,000 varieties of plants in over 20 acres, with a giant bee sat amongst the flowerbeds.

 

Workshops

There are a variety of educational workshops hosted by the Eden Project where students can extend their learning. These cover sustainability, biodiversity, climate change and the ecology of the rainforest, plus many more.

 

School tours

Offering a learning experience like no other, WST arranges tours to the Eden Project for geography trips, where students can explore the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, discover Mediterranean landscapes and take part in stimulating workshops over the course of two days.

 

Interested in other school trips? Read about more travel options available from WST.