The Classroom and Beyond
- Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre

What is Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre?

If you are looking for an engaging, truly hands-on day exploring nature or reliving the history of this unique venue then why not spend a day with us? Unlike other environmental centres, Horton Kirby is managed by fully-qualified Teachers who will ensure a fun but safe and educational day - we will get your children learning in an inspiring and authentic environment.

Where is it?

Situated in the quiet village of Horton Kirby, 5 minutes’ drive from Swanley, and 5 minutes from jct 3 of M25/jct 1of M20. The nearest train station is Farningham Road, just over a mile away. The easiest access route to the centre is via Eglantine Lane off the A20. The map shows the local transport links. The centre is a Victorian building that was once a primary school. In a rural setting, boasting a one-acre wildlife centre, 2 ponds, a meadow area, a badger sett and a wide variety of British plants, it’s also 5 minutes’ easy walk from the River Darent.

Horton Kirby EEC, 29 School Lane, Horton Kirby, Dartford, DA4 9DQ

What do we do?

Our day visits offer learning experiences with a real focus on ‘doing’ and very little sitting and listening. They include River Study Days, Nature Days, World War II Time Travellers, Victorian Time Travellers, Settlements and Rocks Day.  Further details on each are below. 

Prices from April 2015

* First initial class visit for a school will cost £280
* A second and subsequent class visit within 12 months of the first visit will cost £260

We also offer science support and advice to Primary Schools focused upon best practice for teaching and learning. Please see the evaluations from our recent course for Developing the More Science Leader.

Please note that the Kent Primary Science Scheme of Work from September 2014 is now available here.

Our Booking Form and Risk Assessment Form

Have a look at our latest Brochure here

Contact us

To discuss a booking or any part of the Horton Kirby offer, talk to the Centre Manager, Andrew Berry on 01322 863302, or email

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