Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre
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A journey of learning and discovery at Sutton Courtenay
Education programmes for Primary Schools
A skilled education team will lead your day and engage children’s heads, hearts and hands.
Imaginative activities offer links with Early Learning Goals, science and geography and give opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy skills.
A wonderful setting on a beautiful 19 acre nature reserve with woodland, meadow and ponds. Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre is a haven for wildlife and an exhilarating green space for your pupils to enjoy.
Education programmes for Secondary Schools
- A level Biology and Environmental Science - If you are interested in bringing A level Biology or Environmental Science students to complete fieldwork on one of our sites please get in touch to discuss options.
What you need to know when you visit
We offer fully-led days for pre-booked groups year round.
Trips usually run from 10am – 2.30pm but timings can be flexible.
We request a donation of £8 per child (or £5 for half-day programmes), adults are free.
Minimum donation of £180 per class (£120 for half day sessions). Please note it may not be possible for us to accommodate requests for half day sessions in our peak periods.
We are located in Milton Park off the A34, three miles north-west of Didcot. A map and directions can be found at the bottom of the page.
I wish this was our new school and we could come here everyday.
Nature Explorers - EYFS (half day programme)
An exciting programme of hands-on exploration and discovery. The perfect introduction to outdoor learning for your little ones.
Children build confidence, practise communication, undertake physical challenges and develop their understanding of the world.
Choose from either our Mini-beast or Teddy Bears' Picnic themed adventure, which includes magical sensory activities and creative fun. Let's see where our exploration takes us!
Teddy Bears' Picnic - Reception and Lower KS1
A great introduction to enjoying the outdoors, this programme teaches and encourages respect for the natural world.
Children are invited by Teddy Edward to bring their teddies for an adventure in the woods and learn the secrets of how wild animals survive.
Sensational Senses - Reception and KS1
Experience the world through the eyes, noses, ears and paws of different animals.
Children will meet some of our local animals and discover how they use their super-senses to help them survive and find food. Finish your adventure with a trip to the amazing 'nature's theatre'.
Spectacular Seasons - KS1
Choose from Spring into Spring, Summer Fun and Getting Ready for Winter.
Learn about the cycle of the seasons and the important changes taking place in the natural world.
Explore through fun games, hands-on activities and role play, ways in which animals and plants adjust to the ever-changing environment.
Habitat Safari - Upper KS1 and KS2
A hand's-on day discovering the wonders of nature. Choose three one-hour sessions:
Sensory Nature Walk: Experience sights, smells and sounds
Pond Dipping: Hands-on exploration of the pond.
Mini-beast Hunt: Explore the woodland or the meadow.
Micro Parks: Create mini nature parks in the woods.
Nature Detective Training: Hunt for clues and solve a nature mystery in the woods.
Fascinating Flowers and Intriguing Trees - KS1 and KS2
Enter the world of flowers and trees and find out just how important plants are to our everyday lives.
Learn the lifecycle of a plant: explore the reserve to find seeds and discover how they are dispersed; learn about the parts of a plant and dress up as a bee to pollinate a flower.
Take part in the tree ID challenge - how many can you identify?
Story Seekers - KS2
Get your class inspired by Sutton Courtenay as you go on your adventure. Discover the exciting tales of our wildlife, enjoy outdoor sensory activities and solve a mystery in the woods.
This creative day is crafted to spark ideas, give inspiration to all young writers, and complement literacy activities when you get back to school. Tales and wildlife exploration will engage the whole class and wake up all your imaginations!
NEW – River Investigation, KS2
Get your wellies on and explore the water cycle firsthand.
Use fieldwork equipment to measure the speed, width, depth and temperature of our very own stream then try your hand at stream dipping to meet the tiny creatures living in the water. Learn why water matters and how you can help look after this precious resource.
Life Cycles Detectives - Upper KS2
Investigate the intriguing lifecycles of our plants and animals.
Use your detective skills to decipher which animals young you are looking at. Then, through hands-on investigation, explore the reserve in search of plants at different stages of growth. Starting in the compost heap, follow the journey of a seed through to a flower.
The adults and children were buzzing from the gorgeous space and enthusiasm of the staff
Where to find us
We are located in Milton Park off the A34, three miles north-west of Didcot at:
Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Sutton Courtenay Road, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, OX14 4TE
Download a map and directions
What's on at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre
Free Go Wild Guide
Whether you live in a town or the country there are new wildlife experiences waiting to be discovered right on your doorstep. Our Go Wild Guide is packed with exciting activities to get your children outdoors.
We would like to thank NPower for supporting the Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre.
More ways to discover and learn
From planning a group visit to joining one of our wildlife clubs, there are lots of ways for young people to discover wonderful wildlife in our three counties.