The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre Ramsey Heights is the home of education for the Great Fen. We offer a range of quality experiences to schools wishing to visit our 10 acre site set in the heart of the Fens. The Great Fen Education team provides exciting, innovative and enjoyable programmes of study catering for all ages and abilities.
Our programmes are specially designed for:
A visit to the Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre includes:
Our activities include:
We pride ourselves on a relaxed yet comprehensive delivery of our education work provided by our professional, friendly and enthusiastic team supported by outstanding volunteers.
All our programmes are fully risk assessed and we have facilities accessible to all. We have a modernised classroom which was once a Victorian brickworks and is in the most magical setting where learners can explore, investigate and interpret how people in this area used to live. Heritage abounds in this unique setting, rich in both culture and habitats. We were awarded the prestigious Sanford Award in recognition of our outstanding contribution to heritage education and learning.
Early Years / Reception
A morning of fun and interactive activities that little ones thoroughly enjoy whilst learning about the natural world. They can explore our woodlands, specially designed raised pond, develop their creative skills, using their imaginations with arts and crafts activities and much more in complete safety in a very special environment.
As different groups have different needs and time available, we are happy to design a programme of activities to suit.
Key Stage 1
‘The Fen Friends Challenge’
A full day of exciting and challenging activities with emphases on habitats, food chains, adaptation and team building. The children are invited to accept a series of challenges from the ‘Fen Friends’, Verity the Water Vole, Swoop the Marsh Harrier, Luna the dragonfly and Newton the Great Crested Newt. Children are encouraged to use all their senses in order to learn about and appreciate the value of nature.
Key Stage 2
During the day, children will be asked to explore a variety of habitats and undertake activities that will encourage them to understand the importance of ecosystems. Invertebrates, plants and pond life are investigated; identification using keys, food webs and adaptation are also covered. An excellent opportunity for team working, creativity and learning while having fun.
Please see below for programme details and example timetable:
We can organise visits all year round making the most of the changes in the seasons. Our busiest period is during the summer term.
We recommend you book as early as possible as we do get very busy during June and early July. Please contact us to check availability and discuss your needs via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01487 710420.
If you decide to visit you will need to:
Once you have booked we will send you, in advance, all the information you will need. This will include:
The document below gives further details for your day out at Great Fen:
For 2017 we have managed to hold our prices to £5.50 per child for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 with all accompanying adults free.
For half day visits (10am - 12noon) it is £4 per child.
We will send you an invoice after your visit; this ensures that the number of children attending the day tallies with numbers on the booking form.