Yellow flag in flower at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology park

School Visits and Education

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We book visits on Mondays and Tuesdays as the Park is closed to the public. On these days you will have full use of the facilities.  Site tours can be fitted in on other days of the week depending on staff availability – please ring or email to enquire.

We are fully booked for the summer 2018 term but are accepting bookings for autumn 2018 and spring/summer 2019.  Please note that we book up very quickly for the spring and summer terms each year. To book a visit, contact Joanne or Tony on 0208 293 1904 or email gpep@tcv.org.uk

Primary school visits

Primary schools can book visits and enjoy an inspiring, hands-on experience of nature, which is closely tied to the National Curriculum.  We make sure that every class experiences a wide range of plants and animals (mostly minibeast size) but there are seasonal highlights.

You will see or hear a range of birds at any time of year but these will change with the seasons – our summer migrant birds come back to the UK from Africa in April and leave again in September.  Winter migrants arrive here in late September or October.  Birds will be nesting from March onwards.

March and April are good months for willow blossom, spring flowers, frogspawn and tadpoles, newts and minibeasts From late May through to October, we can use sweep nets in the meadows to catch grasshoppers, ladybirds, beetles etc. June to October is the best time to see dragonflies and their nymphs in the water. The wild flower meadows are at their peak in late June and July but there are lots of wetland flowers in May and June.

September and October provide good opportunities for looking at seed dispersal. Pond dipping (using small nets and trays to catch and take a close up look at water invertebrates) can be carried out any time between March and October.

Half-day visit

The wardens take the class on a hands-on guided tour of the Park, focussing on the class topic.  We stop off at different points around the park to take a close-up look at a selection of habitats and the plants and animals they support, which may vary with the time of year. The tour ends with a minibeast and newt hunt in a walk-in meadow.

Charges*

A tour and minibeast hunt (approximately 10am–12 or 12–2pm) is £60 + VAT.

Day visit

We offer the same hands-on tour as above in the morning plus three group activities in the afternoon (with each group doing each activity for approximately 20 minutes).  These activities can include pond dipping, close up observation and sketching of pond invertebrates, birdwatching with binoculars (we have child friendly binoculars plus singing bird toys for younger children), fun quizzes on seasonal topics and art activities.

Charges*

A morning tour, lunch on site and 3 afternoon group activities (approximately 10am – 2.30pm) is £100 + VAT.

Secondary school visits

Basic package

A warden will meet the class at the Gatehouse entrance and give the students some background to the site, together with an information pack for the teacher. The class are then free to tour the site under the close supervision of your school staff (the site is a high quality nature reserve so disturbance must be kept to a minimum). The information pack will include details of the wider Greenwich Peninsula development and the role played by the Ecology Park, as well as summaries of the interpretation panels around the Peninsula.

Charges*

Meet and greet by wardens, information pack for group leader and self led tour (approximately 1 hour) is £50 + VAT.

Guided tour

The wardens will take the class or group on a hands-on guided tour of the Park, focussing on the class topic. We stop off at different points around the park to take a close-up look at a selection of habitats and the plants and animals they support, which may vary with the time of year.

Charges*

Day Visit with tour and 3 activities

We offer the same hands-on tour as above in the morning plus three group activities in the afternoon (with each group doing each activity for approximately 20 minutes), which can include pond dip surveys and comparison of the 2 lakes.

Charges*

Practical habitat management sessions 

Please note age and group size restrictions.

We can organise practical habitat management sessions for half a day or a whole day in the autumn, winter and early spring (from September through to April) depending on age of pupils and size of group. These can be combined with guided tours. Maximum group size is usually 15. Age range is dependent on tools used (following TCV guidelines). Please enquire for further details.

Charges*

£100 + VAT for a 2 hour session. £200 + VAT for a full day session (can be all practical or half day tour and half day practical).

* Terms and Conditions

Please note that terms and conditions apply to all visits.