Mushroom sculptures at Wakehurst
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Browse Wakehurst programmes

Wakehurst offers a varied programme of curriculum-linked activities. Visits are planned in detail to meet individual requirements. We cater for all age groups, from nursery to university.

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Green Fairy at Wakehurst

Foundation Stage visits for Early Years – Meet the Wakehurst ‘Green Fairy’

Explore the beautiful garden at Wakehurst with the ‘Green Fairy’. Help her to complete her seasonal outfit by adding collected fallen leaves and flowers. At the end of the visit have a magical group photograph of the green Fairy with all her wonderful helpers.

Photo of child with magnifying glass

Foundation Stage visits for Early Years – Sense-ational

Explore the beautiful gardens at Wakehurst, focussing on using the five senses through workshops and a trail.
Star shape made with plant parts on grass

Foundation Stage visits for Early Years – Shape-Up

Explore the beautiful gardens at Wakehurst, focussing on using shapes, through workshops and a trail.
Collect natural materials and create a dragon picture

Foundation Stage visits for Early Years – The Dragon’s Treasure

Explore the beautiful gardens at Wakehurst on a collecting walk, whilst looking for the dragon’s treasure. Fill treasure chests with natural materials. Complete your day by finding out how seeds grow or creating a dragon picture.
Amazing seeds

Key Stage 1 - Amazing Seeds

Pupils use their observational skills to discover the beauty and variety of seeds.
Get creative with materials from the Gardens

Key Stage 1 - Get Creative

Using materials from the garden artworks on a grand or mini scale are created to form a temporary art gallery.
Potting seeds in the nursery at Wakehurst.

Key Stage 1 - In the Potting Shed

Pupils find out about how plants grow from seeds and what is needed for this to happen. This workshop is done in the plant nursery with expert help. Students take their potted seeds back to school.
Bog garden and dipping platform at Wakehurst.

Key Stage 1 - Life in Water

Pupils will be amazed by the variety of life they find as they pond dip in the bog garden.
Minibeasts in leaf litter

Key Stage 1 - Minibeast Safari

Pupils use different techniques to hunt through the long grass, trees and leaf litter to find and observe a wonderful variety of creatures.
Students investigate plant parts

Key Stage 1 - Plant Eater

Pupils identify the parts of a plant using a variety of fruit and vegetables. Some pupils are surprised to discover that they do eat plants! They explore which plant parts are edible. At the end of the session they have the opportunity to use the plant material to create a picture.
Dandelion

Key Stage 1 - Plant explorers

Become a modern-day plant hunter and get to know some of the amazing trees at Wakehurst.
Sunflower

Key Stage 1 - Story of a Sunflower

The story of the life cycle of a sunflower unfolds as children observe the different stages using plants grown in our nursery.
Bee on yellow flower

Key Stage 1 Trail - Bee Happy

This trail takes in a number of ‘Buzz Stops’ looking for different types of bees, where bees live and which flowers they like. The children find out how to communicate like bees by doing a ‘waggle dance’. (Available seasonally from late spring to early autumn).
Bee hives at Wakehurst

Key Stage 1 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.
Children with story stick creations

Key Stage 1 Trail - Story Stick Trail

This is a bespoke trail using story sticks and collected fallen plant material to create a record to take back to school.
One of the many wonderful Wakehurst plants

Key Stage 1 Trail – Plant Parts

This trail round the Mansion garden extends knowledge and interest in the parts of a plant.
One of many wonderful habitats at Wakehurst

Key Stage 2 - A Place To Grow workshop

A variety of field study techniques are used to demonstrate the effect of environmental factors on plant growth in two different places chosen from the many wonderful habitats available at Wakehurst.
A selection of amazing seeds

Key Stage 2 - Amazing Seeds

Pupils use their observational skills to discover the beauty and variety of seeds.
Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove)

Key Stage 2 - Flower Structure and Plant Reproduction

A variety of fresh material and binocular microscopes are used to explore the amazing structure of flowers. The diversity of structure is related to reproduction in plants.
Cone owl art

Key Stage 2 - Get Creative

Using materials from the garden artworks on a grand or mini scale are created to form a temporary art gallery.

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