Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor Centre
Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor Centre is the first publicly open general visitor facility operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. The Education & Visitor Centre was commissioned to provide a focal point for delivering environmental education activities and raise awareness of the natural history of both the SSSI at Howe Park Wood and more generally the natural history of Milton Keynes and work of The Parks Trust.
The centre comprises of a classroom, toilet facilities and an independently run café. There are features of green technology such as PV Panels, an air source heat pump and low water usage taps which we can use to demonstrate sustainable energy use. Externally, the centre is constructed with integral bird nesting boxes and insect habitat boxes which will provide an additional educational resource. There is also a newly constructed pond dipping platform area to enable access to the ponds for study by outdoor learning groups.
Hours of operation:
The classroom is usually available for school bookings from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. For details of school sessions please click here: https://www.theparkstrust.com/get-involved/outdoor-learning/school-activities/
Café opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm May - October. Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm November - April.
Holidays: The Visitor Centre is open for limited periods during the holiday period. Please check this page for updates.
Use of Classroom by External Groups:
The classroom and kitchen space can be booked by some community groups or organisations that are involved in providing education about or support for wildlife, outdoor education and other topics relevant to the Parks Trust's activities. Please note that it cannot be booked for parties or for businesses that do not fit with the work of the Trust. Prices are £50 plus VAT for half day, and £100 plus VAT for a full day. Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01908 233600 to see if your group can be accommodated and check availability.