For further information about our Centres please 'click' on the links. For details about availability and costs please contact the Centres directly. More public information about Outdoor Learning is available from our public website.
The Outdoor Education Unit does not manage the Centres and so can not provide you with this information.
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Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre
The main aim of this centre is to support teachers of all key stages in delivering the National Curriculum, particularly science, geography and history, through providing pupils with practical experience of the natural and built environment around Horton Kirby and the nearby Darent Valley.
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Lullingstone Country Park
Situated in the Darent Valley within the Kent Downs AONB, Lullingstone Country Park is an ideal place for pupils to gain practical experience and a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural environment. With areas of woodland & grassland, the River Darent and a purpose-built pond/wildlife area, there’s a lot to explore at Lullingstone. The Visitor Centre has a purpose-built classroom that provides shelter from wet weather, allowing visits to take place all year round. A full-time education officer runs an environmental education programme supporting the National Curriculum, particularly in science, geography and history at key stages one and two.
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The Swattenden Centre
The Swattenden Centre is an outdoor education and residential centre located near the historic town of Cranbrook. Users include schools and youth organisations. However, it is also ideal as a training centre combining conference facilities with team building and management development courses.
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Bewl Water Outdoor Centre
Bewl Water is truly an outstanding venue for outdoor education and activity courses. Set in the Weald of Kent, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is the largest area of inland water in the South East and easily the most picturesque. Coupled with the stunning natural rock outcrop at Harrison's Rocks we have the perfect locations for a variety of activities.
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Kent Mountain Centre
Located in North Wales the Kent Mountain Centre provides outdoor adventurous activities for young people within a residential setting. We aim in particular, to demonstrate how Outdoor Education can provide a special contribution through a cross-curricular approach to the delivery of the whole curriculum. We also provide an ideal base for a structured curriculum based course, particularly for field studies topics.
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Situated on the outskirts of Dover in a quiet rural setting, with access to a full size football pitch, large shower and toilet block and a maximum capacity of 120 people. With the recent addition of a new toilet block we are now wheelchair accessible. We operate exclusively for any organisation working with or for young people. For further information please contact Archers Court Youth Centre on (01304) 828262
Shorne Woods Country Park
Brockhill Country Park
The woodland and grassland habitats are rich in wildlife and the stream can be easily accessed for pond dipping. It is also an ideal site to safely investigate watercourses as the Brockhill Stream flows into the historically important Royal Military Canal. Programmes cover a comprehensive range of subjects including art, geography, science, design and technology, literacy, numeracy and citizenship.
Children and young people can now experience the exciting world of Forest School which offers unique opportunities to enjoy confidence building activities. The natural play programme is also designed to stimulate the senses of early years children.