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Canterbury Environmental Education Centre
Mission Statement

Canterbury Environmental Education Centre is located in the heart of the city of Canterbury on the 30-acre nature reserve. Our location has much to do with what we hope to achieve.

That any student visiting the centre, be they child or adult, will leave us :

1. More aware of the variety and nature of our natural environment
2. With an understanding that wildlife can flourish in urban and industrial areas
3. Aware that they too have a part to play in informing, educating and persuading others to take a greater interest in the welfare of our environment."

Canterbury Environmental Education Centre has a vital role to play in the promotion of environmental awareness in the local, national and global community. As a result of the partnership between Kent County Council and National Grid Transco we are able to manage a unique nature reserve and introduce thousands of children each year to the secrets that hide within.

What makes us Unique?

We are a partnership between public and private finance, working for the benefit of the environment, education and the local community. Funding is largely derived from Kent County Council and the National Grid Company, but we also benefit financially from local industry, government, educational establishments, charities and the local community.

Canterbury Environmental Education Centre, located on site, utilises the nature reserve as a teaching resource. Each year we attract some 5,000 to 10,000 visitors from schools, colleges and adult groups. Many of the requirements of the National Curriculum for Science, Geography, ICT, Art, Literacy and Numeracy are addressed by the schemes of work offered. The centre also has an important role to play in the government’s Lifelong Learning initiative, through adult education.

The reserve is a fine example of how a former industrial site (gravel pit) has been reclaimed and enhanced to provide a variety of habitats including, large areas of open water, marginal reed beds and wetlands, woodland, scrub and grassland. Carefully constructed pathways, bridges, bird hides and other structures enable the visitor to enjoy the variety of life living here. It is possible also to view the reserve from the unique vantage point offered by the Water Trail.

The River Great Stour passes the reserve on its way from the Weald of Kent to the sea at Pegwell Bay, via Ashford, the North Downs and Canterbury. This important river acts as a natural corridor for wetland wildlife, connecting nationally and internationally important nature reserves such as those at Stodmarsh and Sandwich Bay. Upstream migrants from these reserves benefit from the reserve as a sanctuary. Human visitors benefit from the opportunity of enjoying them as they do so.

Canterbury Environmental Education Centre has a well deserved reputation for the quality of its educational web site (naturegrid), its innovative work using ICT and its contribution to the governments National Grid for Learning (NGfL) initiative.

As a visitor to this web site you are invited to explore the reserve and the work of the centre through the virtual world of our web pages. However we hope at some stage you will want to visit the 'real' Canterbury Environmental Education Centre. When you do, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

Head of Centre

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