Eco Explorers Experience
Years 5 and 6
Eco Explorers is our residential for up to 5 days which gives pupils the opportunity to explore many aspects of sustainability with holistic approach to their experience.
The program has direct links to the curriculum covering topics on sustainable food and farming, Fair Trade, wildlife, sustainability in building design, woodlands & forest skills, energy & resources, and team building.
Days are full of hands on activities that provide excellent opportunities for team bonding and fun. It is suitable for Year 5 and 6 pupils and can be adapted for years 7 and 8.
The South Downs Experience
Green Guardians Experience
Years 3 and 4
We can create an itinerary for a shorter residential. Perfect for a first time away from home and local visit. Pick your topics from the Day Trip options.
Staying With Us
The Wetherdown Lodge can accommodate 34 pupils and 3 adults and gives you the opportunity to stay over and get the best from The Sustainability Centre.
We provide full catering including buffet breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals. All meals are home made by our on site chef of the Beech Cafe with local organic ingredients- a favourite with teachers and children alike.
The Lodge was once home to Royal Navy recruits. It has since been completely renovated and equipped with green energy technology that meets all the heating needs of the building.
Pupils can monitor the output of the photovoltaic solar energy panels on the roof, and find out how much wood chip is needed to provide all the heat and hot water for their stay.
Pupils also recycle their lunch box waste, help to feed the chickens, use the low-flush option on toilets, and discover how hot the water gets when heated by the solar panels.
"Each day proved to be very different. The structure of the week certainly catered for the wide range of interests that primary age children have. I can't praise Janet and her team highly enough for their care and attention to detail. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile week and have already booked again."
Evening Activity Options
You can also book popular optional evening activities during your stay.
The lunches and dinners are all freshly prepared every day by our onsite Beech Cafe using local and healthy ingredients.
We are very careful to cater for food allergies and intolerences. Menus are sent prior to your trip for options and choices to be made.
The food is a favorite on our residentials. Many schools have asked if they can take the chefs back to school with them. Sorry, they are staying here.
"Thank you for the delicious dinner. It was one of the best dinners I have ever
We have a small shop selling postcards, and gift items. all made by local producers or from recycled materials and teachers bring pupils into the shop in small groups towards the end of their stay.
We advise that pupils bring change to purchase small items up to a maximum of £10 each. Kindly let the education team know in advance if you plan to visit the shop.
Booking & Costs
Travel Grant Scheme
If travel costs are an issue then make the most of the South Downs National Park travel grant scheme.
GSCE and A level trips
We can also arrange residential trips ideal for GSCE and A level students. We are currently working on a very exciting A level package with our local partners perfect for Geography students. Keep an eye on this page for more details.