Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Swans Nest Lane, Straford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7LS

Contact: 01789 299 288

Website: http://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/

Description

Bring your class to Stratford Butterfly Farm for an unforgettable lesson!

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm offers an excellent opportunity for children of all ages to learn about tropical rainforest environments and the plants and animals that live within these habitats (Key Stage 1 & 2 subjects covered)

Set in a lush tropical environment, with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools, it’s the perfect place to learn about rainforests, insects and the life-cycle of a butterfly. Look inside the Emerging Case and watch a butterfly hatch from its pupae. Children of all ages will be mesmerised as they watch brightly coloured butterflies fly and feed all around them. Your class will have fun spotting our two resident Green Iguanas and the various other creatures that live in the Butterfly Farm.

All tours begin in the Education Area before heading into the Rainforest Flight Area and Discovery Zone. Your guide will introduce butterfly anatomy, feeding and the life-cycle of a butterfly, moving on to predator defence and metamorphosis.

Tours end in Minibeast Metropolis with our popular mini-beast handling session. This is where the children can have a really close look at giant millipedes, African land snails and various stick insects. The Metropolis is also home to a leafcutter ant colony. Your class will be able to see the ants walking along ropes, working hard collecting leaves and bringing them back to the colony.

New for 2017, Discover the Ancient Maya. A fantastic new resource for schools. Discover replicated ancient artifacts within the Flight Area, find out about the Maya culture, how they managed to create a complex civilisation within the rainforest and the crops they would have farmed and are still being farmed today.

Tours are led by expert Education Officers and are presented in an engaging, educational and age appropriate manner, taking in all aspects of the butterfly farm. There is plenty of hands on, close observation in an authentic rainforest environment. 

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Stratford Butterfly Farm is the largest tropical butterfly paradise in the UK. With over 30 years of experience in educational visits, Stratford Butterfly Farm is the perfect place to bring your class for a truly unique rainforest experience. The Education Team have specialist knowledge of all the creatures that reside at the Butterfly Farm and are welcoming and enthusiastic with school groups making the day a very special way to learn. All displays are fully accessible and special needs groups are catered for.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Both Meet the Minibeast and Discover the Maya tours begin in the Education Area with an introductory talk before heading into the Rainforest Flight Area and Discovery Zone. Tours end in Minibeast Metropolis with our popular mini-beast handling session. This is where the children can have a really close look at giant millipedes, African land snails and various stick insects. At the end of the tour the group is led back to the Education Area.
Each tour is tailored to the specific needs of the group, special educational needs included. If your group has a particular topic in mind we will incorporate this into the tour. Tours last approx. 1 hour.

What group sizes do you cater for?
From 10 to 100, please enquire about larger groups.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Education packs developed by the Education Team are available to download on our website.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Photography,video and audio is permitted, there are no copyright restrictions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
There is a risk assessment on our website, which is reviewed annually, for teachers to download. Alternatively, for booked visits, up to two teachers may come to the Butterfly Farm for a complimentary visit and do their own risk assessment.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Bookings and enquiries, on behalf of the Education Team, are taken by Reception on 01789 299288 or schools@butterflyfarm.co.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
School children £5.25 per child, with one free teacher place for every 10 children. Any extra accompanying adults pay the child rate of £5.25. Carers have free entry. Student rates, 16yrs plus, are £6.25.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No but it is warm and humid in the farm so T-shirts and polo shirts are ideal.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
We have first aid qualified staff but would prefer school groups to bring their own.

Please list facilities available.
Nature inspired gift shop selling pocket money souvenirs, chilled drinks, confectionary and ice-creams. Education Area with lockers for schools to leave their belongings. Wildflower garden with picnic area. Onsite toilets opening early 2017, with more available opposite the entrance gates.

What are your disabled facilities?
All displays are fully accessible with flat level pathways throughout. Onsite disabled toilets are opening early 2017. Disabled toilets are also available opposite the entrance gates.

What are your opening days and hours?
10am – 6pm (summer), 10am – dusk (winter). School bookings are taken on the hour from 10am until 3pm.. We are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“Excellent educational and fun day out at inexpensive price.”
“Would recommend this trip to teachers who are covering ‘The Maya’ as a History or Geography topic.”


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Butterfly Farms Environment Centres Green Awareness Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Themed Attractions Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English Environmental Studies Geography History Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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