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School visits

We have the knowledge and facilities to host Primary and Secondary school trips here at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary. We offer a range of different options, from visits focusing on topic of environmental sustainability through to animal welfare and husbandry. 

Spanning 92 beautiful acres and home to over 300 rescued animals, our sanctuary offers a unique learning experience in an engaging and memorable setting.

Poo picking in the paddock

What's included

Every trip to Goodheart will be tailored to the age group of the children attending and your learning objectives, however most trips include a guided tour of our sanctuary site, where pupils can meet and interact with our residents. This can be paired with an educational workshop tailored to your class’ needs. This might be exploring themes of sustainability, climate change, biodiversity or the ethics of animal agriculture. 

Our Learning Environment

Indoor classroom

Education Room

All visits to Goodheart start with a welcome chat in our purpose-built Education Room. We might start with a PowerPoint presentation all about our charity and the work we do, or kickstart your visit with an ice-breaker activity.

Outdoor Education Area

Outdoor Education Area

In addition to our indoor space, we also have a dedicated Outdoor Education Area, complete with organic vegetable beds, habitat area and fire pit!

Wild at Goodheart half term sessions

Natural habitats

Alongside rescued farm animals, our sanctuary is also home to an abundance of flora and fauna, from birds and insects to fascinating plant life. If you would like to include an element of wildlife education as part of your visit, just let us know and we can arrange this. 

NEW: Goodheart launches Sustainable Schools Initiative

Following the successfully application for a community grant, we can now host primary school and secondary school trips based on topics such as climate change and food security.

Contact us to book a School Trip via the form below

School Trip Frequently Asked Questions

What facilities are available at Goodheart?

Toilets

Situated in our Outdoor Education Area, we have a brand new toilet block, complete with hand-washing facilities and an accessible cubicle.

Picnic area

Feel free to enjoy your packed lunch in our Outdoor Education Area next to our friendly ponies! We have space for 22 visitors on our open-air picnic benches, or there’s our covered outdoor classroom which is suitable for seating up to 30 people. During colder months, our heated indoor classroom is also available for use.

Can pupils explore the sanctuary on their own?

No – all of our field trips are led and supervised by our Visitor & Education Manager at all times. This means that we can ensure quality, safe interactions with our animals, as well as giving you an enriching and personal experience. 

How many students can attend?

We have found that students get a much better experience when in smaller groups. For this reason, we would recommend a maximum group size of 8 to 10 students. This ensures a personal and engaging experience for all involved and lots of hands-on time with the animals for your students.

Who leads the visit?

Our trips are led by our Visitor & Education Manager but we ask teachers and supporting staff to stay in the area to offer additional support for those students who may need it. 

Do you serve hot food on site?

No – we ask all visitors to bring their own cold packed lunch which they can enjoy in one of our open air or covered seating areas. We do not offer public access to microwaves or ovens. We do offer complimentary hot and cold drinks, as well as a few cheeky biscuits, during your visit. 

Where can we store coats and bags?

You can leave your belongings in our indoor classroom for the duration of your visit. Please note that this classroom will not be locked, so you may wish to leave valuable items at home or in your vehicle.

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