New Forest Wildlife Park Southampton
Deerleap Lane Longdown, Nr Ashurst, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 4UH
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Citizenship | Conservation | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Picnic Areas | Parks and Gardens | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Animal Welfare | Adventure Playgrounds | Geography | Environmental Studies | Wildlife Parks
What we offer on a school trip
It is our aim to provide you and your group with an enjoyable and informative day out. Our arrangements are flexible to cater for individual preferences. On arrival our Guides will welcome you to the New Forest Centre. Your guide will show you to our study room where you will be given an introductory talk. Tour of the Park. (Maximum distance is just over a mile. This can be shorter if required) Lunch This may be eaten in the study room or outdoors in the picnic areas. Afternoon. This is a time for group leaders to reinforce the experiences of the day and is flexible to meet your needs. Visit to souvenir shop if required. As the shop is quite small, we suggest groups of no more than 15 children at a time. Closing discussion/question time. Departure. A Visit to the park is a cross curricular experience with relevance to many aspects of the curriculum. During the tour the group will learn about nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular creatures that live in the British countryside and see a variety of habitats. They will learn how animals are adapted for life in their particular environments; about animal behaviour, how they eat, where they live, why they have fur or feathers, and how they cope with different weather conditions. They will find out about herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and detrivores; producers, consumers and life processes. The group will encounter threatened and endangered species and will become aware f the issues surrounding environmental changes and pollution and the need for wildlife protection and conservation. They will be encouraged to use their sences to look and see, listen and hear and smell everything around them. We hope they will develop an understanding and respect for the creatures of the countryside while gaining personal benefits from their close contact with nature.