AS/A2 Level programme - Millennium Seed Bank workshop
In this session, AS/A2 level students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and see ex-situ conservation in action. The workshop is part of a half day or full day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.
Millennium Seed Bank and parterre beds.
Students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world, and experience ex-situ conservation in action. The needs for conservation and the work of the seed bank may be followed by a behind-the-scenes tour (depending on numbers and events). For students following the Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) approach, a meeting with a scientist may be arranged.
We also offer a behind-the-scenes tour (number dependent), and SNAB can be accommodated with backstage tours of the Millennium Seed Bank. Students can also meet a scientist.
- Length: Typical workshop - 1.5 - 2 hours.
- Group size: 20 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day visit - fee starts at £180 | Part of a half day visit - fee starts at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools and colleges. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school or college environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. Please note that all our sessions have a cross curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- present the needs for conservation and the work of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
- describe ex situ conservation in action
- study plant adaptation using the parterres
Links with the AS/A2 level curriculum
The specification for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of two activities of approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each, one in the morning and one after lunch. We also offer a number of activity days, designed around a theme.
Once you've selected a combination of activities for your group, you can make a school booking to visit Wakehurst by filling in our online form.
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