Statement: 'Canterbury Environmental Education Centre aims to
be the premier provider of environmental education and learning
for all in Kent. Through the management of our site for access
and biodiversity, we promote sustainable healthy lifestyles.'
Environmental Education Centre (C.E.E.C) is run in partnership
with Kent County Council and National Grid and has been providing
fascinating and fun days out for school
groups for over 30 years. The centre is now open
to the general public in school
holidays from April to October, so that everyone can enjoy this
unique urban oasis. The 12 hectare site has been described by
a former head of centre as a 'place where you can see the best
and most diverse piece of countryside within the City of Canterbury.'
With its extensive gravel pits, wetlands, woodland and grassland
the site is a refuge for protected wildlife such as dormice, great
crested newts and at least 3 species of bat, as well as less common
species of orchid and other flora.
is provision for 2 classes a day to visit for carefully tailored
programmes in science, geography, history and art, in a safe environment.
All programmes are linked to the National Curriculum and delivered
by experienced teaching staff. The centre also offers
teacher training courses, adult education
courses, a year round family events
programme, venue hire, volunteer
tasks and an active 'Friends
this within a 20 minute walk from Canterbury Cathedral!