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Our Education Centres

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Easy to organise, safe and amazing learning experiences for your students in an outdoor environment.

Our 4 different education centres across the county give you a wide range of choice of wildlife and nature activities. They offer opportunities both curricular and fun, based on the uniqueness of each site.

Our Education Centres

Bough Beech

Bough Beech is transforming into a centre for excellence in outdoor education, we will be delivering to all Key Stages. We are currently in the process of diversifying the outstanding education delivery options that Kent Wildlife Trust currently offers.   We are working towards cross-curricular linking subjects, to help schools achieve their targets, and most importantly for pupils to go home having had a great day, and a hands-on learning experience.

While we are in the exciting process of transforming Bough Beech we will update our page with more exciting education and event opportunities, please keep coming to check.

If you are keen to book a visit please contact: education@kentwildlife.org.uk

There are also exciting volunteer opportunities to work at Bough Beech please contact: education@kentwildlife.org.uk

If you are keen to become an Education Tutor to help us deliver a first class outdoor learning experience for children and young adults please contact: education@kentwildlife.org.uk

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Tyland Barn Visitor Centre and Nature Park

Located in the centre of the County, the nature park at Tyland Barn has been specially designed to represent - in miniature - the diverse range of habitats to be found in Kent. With a large pond, meadow, chalk bank, hedge, scrub and even a shingle beach, the site is a very flexible location for a range of fascinating studies.

Visitors to Tyland Barn can enjoy the benefits of an indoor classroom, external teaching and picnic shelter, cafe and toilet facilities. Coaches can drop off groups inside the grounds, with space to park close by.

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Romney Marsh Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

The 23-acre reserve at Romney Warren offers an interesting teaching environment, with dune grassland, willow scrub and seasonal ponds. A replica ‘Lookers’ Hut’ adds a useful historical dimension to site visits.

The site has a Visitor Centre, toilet facilities and parking for visiting coaches. Education programmes at Romney Marsh can be arranged on request.

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Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserves and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre

This wonderful site consists of five stunning lakes, a mixture of habitats including ponds, seasonally flooded pools, reedbed and woodland. A spectacular site for birds, the wetland and woodland habitats also support a diverse community of plants, fungi and animals.

Of particular interest for visiting groups is the tranquil Elemental Garden, where much of the teaching for younger groups takes place, and there are additional teaching areas within the Visitor Centre.

The Centre itself houses a range of engaging wildlife displays and touch tables. The site has toilet facilities and a small tea bar. Coaches can drop off groups at the entrance to the yurt and on-site parking is available.

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Education tutors at Tyland Barn

Dedicated Tutors

Our Tutors will lead your group for the whole of your visit, providing all the equipment and materials that are required for the different activities. We only ask that you bring children with the right clothes and smiling faces and a number of supportive grown-ups - however, we do give them back to you for lunch!

Outdoor education for schools, photo by Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Photo by Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Engaging Activities

Many of the habitat areas have been designed specifically to enable easy, fun exploration for small hands and to encourage enquiring minds. We work with a team of seasonal Tutors and volunteers to ensure that we can deliver a great day for your students.

Discover the joy of working together outdoors and see how that might lead to an outreach visit, or Hotspot project. Forest School is another great way to increase your learning in outdoor environments either at our Base Camps or at school.

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How to book

For more information and to book a School Group Visit, please contact our Education Team at education@kentwildlife.org.uk, or phone 01622 622012.

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