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Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Chafford Gorges visitor centre is set in a spectacular position overlooking Warren Gorge.
Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife.
Bring your school to visit one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s outstanding education centre
Essex Wildlife Trust offers a variety of exciting programmes and activities at our education centres or in your school grounds designed to have strong links with core areas of the National Curriculum. The programmes can be adapted to suit the needs of your group; choose two half-day topics to create a full days tailored school trip.
What we offer:
• A safe secure learning environment
• A range of exciting habitats
• Fully equipped classrooms
• Curriculum linked programmes
• Wheelchair access to some areas
• Year round activities
• Coach parking
• Toilet facilities
• Experienced and DBS checked staff
• Risk assessments for all activities
More information on School visits
Booking a trip couldn’t be simpler!
Select one of our education centres.
1. Contact the on site Education Officer, [email protected]
2. Discuss your topic choices.
3. Complete our easy booking form and you’re done!
Your school visit information pack will arrive shortly.
• Lesson plan
• Location map
• Timetable
• Risk assessment


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access


School Field Visits to Chafford Gorges Visitor Centres and Nature Reserves
£6 donation per child EYFS, Year 1 – 6 Infant and primary schools
£8 donation per child, Year 7 – 11 – secondary schools
£10.00 donation per student Year 12 – Further Education
There is no requested donation for teachers and accompanying adults. Most sites can accommodate up to 3 classes (90 pupils) per day.
A minimum donation of £50 half day and £100 full day is requested to secure a booking for a field visit along with a completed booking form.
The donation balance (total number of pupils on the day minus the deposit) can be paid on the day by cheque or credit/debit card or alternatively an invoice will be sent to the school, to be paid within 28 days.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes

Habitats Woodland, meadow, hedgerows and ponds to mention just a few. Understand what a habitat is, why habitats are important for wildlife. Explore habitats using resources and equipment to discover the wildlife each habitat supports. Natures Detectives Study a habitat to identify all signs of wildlife. Take part in activities to discover how everything is interconnected and working together to maintain a natural balance. Pond Life Explore the freshwater habitat using nets and other equipment to survey the pond for life Mini-beasts/ Terrestrial Invertebrates Investigate grassland, hedgerows and under logs to explore the lives of a wide range of mini-beasts such as worms, butterflies, woodlice and grasshoppers. Identify mini beasts Plants Discover the range of different plants on the nature reserve. Take a close look at the bark, leaves and seeds of trees. Use a range of games and activities to understand what plants need to grow Rocks and Soils Explore the composition and properties of different soils and find out what life soil supports. Compare different soil types and how rocks and soils can tell us a lot about the past. Discuss the importance of rocks and soils to people and wildlife. Bush craft Explore a range of survival skills. Discuss the importance of shelter, food and water. In teams create a shelter using a range of materials. Tie knots and test the shelters for strength, ensuring they are fit for purpose. Whittle green sticks using potato peelers and learn about the importance and safety precautions of having a fire.

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