Key Stage 1 programme - Trails at Wakehurst
Outdoor trails for primary school students can either complement a workshop, or introduce a new topic to your visit. Trails are designed to be flexible and can involve the whole class or be done in small groups.
Story stick trail at Wakehurst.
Most of our trails take place in the area close to the Mansion at Wakehurst and Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. Key Stage 1 students can make a record of their trail by collecting fallen plant material or by using cameras if required. In some circumstances trails can be tailored to suit the educational needs of your group.
Each session in the Key Stage 1 programme has a capacity of 20-30 students. Wakehurst can accommodate groups of up to 120 students by implementing a rotating timetable on your visit.
- Length: Typical trail - 45 minutes.
- Group size: Maximum size 30 students (divided into smaller groups).
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult to 5 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day programme - £180 | Part of a half day visit - fees start at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
Habitat trail - In search of a home
Students look for animal homes in trees and bushes, under log piles and in leaf litter. They look for evidence of animals, for example worm casts and mole hills.
This trail can be experienced as part of a habitat day at Wakehurst. The trail connects two habitats for further study, the Bog Garden and the meadow. Find out more about these workshops:
Parts of a plant trail
Students follow a trail around the Mansion garden looking at variations in colour and form of leaf, stems and flowers.
This trail can be experienced as part of a plant themed visit at Wakehurst. See related workshops:
Story stick trail
Students are taken on a unique trail designed to complement the work of the day. The trail includes five stops where stories are told relating to different plants. The students collect fallen items from the immediate area to attach to the storystick. The storystick created is not only a work of art but also a memory jogger and can be used back at school to follow up on the Wakehurst visit.
- This flexible trail can be used with any Key Stage 1 workshop.
A typical day at Wakehurst Place is made up of three activities of approximately 45 minutes each. Two in the morning and one after lunch.
Once you've selected a combination of workshops and trails for your group, you can make a booking to visit Wakehurst by completing our online form.
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