Rippledown Environmental Centre Kent
Rippledown House, Dover Road, Ringwood Deal, Kent, CT14 8HE
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
Examples of sessions
Mini Beast Hunt: https://youtu.be/l9Kfkh3Yz_c
Rock Pooling on the Kent Coast : https://youtu.be/Yn6KywBF398
Pond Dipping at Rippledown: https://youtu.be/EJpsPQFf0J4
Delivering Brilliant Residential School Trips and High Quality Outdoor Learning.
Rippledown is an outdoor learning centre on the stunning East Kent Coast. Since opening in 1977, we have been hosting residential school trips welcoming over 40,000 primary school children. For many it has been their first experience of outdoor learning.
Our tutors will help you identify definite Learning Objectives integral to your school's Curriculum Planning. There are over sixty different activities that help stimulate a child's learning capacities, using the centre's countryside and seashore habitats. The residential visit is a learning tool in itself, developing life skills and improving team and class dynamics as well as self-awareness and individual confidence.
Nature Awareness, Team Building and Woodland Skills
The site provides the perfect safe, secure, sensible and sociable' environment for young people to learn, live together and experience nature at first hand. These are just some of the highlights the centre has to offer.
Discover wild animals living right beside us. Create your own mini-habitat in our humane traps and wait to see what you will find!
Beneath the logs and leaves, explore the wondrous variety of creepy crawlies! From the leopard slug to the millipedes and centipedes - it's a magical mini-world!
Our quiet, beautiful freshwater habitat is the nursery for nearly every insect you can think of. Learn about the food webs that link everything together.
Need to shelter from sun or rain? Using different materials such as rope, canvas and wood - design and build your own den outdoors.
Map and Compass
Orienteering activity around our beautiful grounds. Solve the riddles to find the treasure!
Garden to Plate
Take a journey from the veg patch to the kitchen and onto the plate. Pizzas cooked in our outdoor ovens are particularly popular!
Spending a week in nature is extremely inspiring and enlivens all the senses. Nurture your creative spirit to create works of art using an array of natural materials.
Visit the food growing, composting and minibeast areas and explore the Sense-ability Garden?.
Renewable Energy and Eco Building
Learn what makes the Pines Calyx an outstanding example of green building design, construction and renewable energy.
Safely explore the rock pools whilst the tide is out and identify the flora and fauna you find.
We have pledged our support to the #BrilliantResidentials campaign and are committed to delivering High Quality Outdoor Learning:
The Bay Trust who run Rippledown is working in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. Dr Joe Hinds, a Social-Environmental Psychologist at CCCU is gathering data and helping our Outdoor Learning Tutor, Dr Sarah O?Malley assess the effectiveness of our outdoor learning programmes.
Children gain a greater sense of their own competence, nature connection, hope and dietary awareness.
While many publications are about children, this study involves children. It prioritises the voices of learners. This study is small and adds to the ongoing debate on the value of outdoor learning and play in child development.
Their report is available to download here: http://baytrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Rippledown-Executive-Summary.pdf
Inspired by this research we are creating a series of short films with young learners to document their residential learning experiences. Schools are invited to take part in this exciting project and can benefit from the additional benefits of adding digital film making to their curriculum programme!