14 to 19
Motivate your students with an inspiring visit to Wild Place that will challenge their preconceptions, develop confidence and communication skills, and engage them with environmental issues.
- NEW! Bear Wood Walk &Talk: Guided tour of the exhibit, woodland management
- Brilliant Biodiversity (Terms 4, 5 and 6 only): Practical field sampling, quadrats and transects
- To Zoo or not to Zoo? Ethics and roles of Zoos, in situ and ex situ conservation
- Learning from Lemurs: An introduction to studying animal behaviour
- Wild Orienteering: Exploration, navigation, teamwork, map-reading, compass skills
- Team Challenge: Various activities to build social skills and help develop positive relationships
- School of Survival: Fire lighting, den building, campfire cooking, teamwork
- Amazing Madagascar: The wildlife of Madagascar, deforestation and conservation
- Ingenious Invertebrates (Terms 4, 5 and 6 only): Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate study
NEW! Bear Wood Walk & Talk
Enjoy a guided tour of our Bear Wood exhibit and discover how and why British woodlands have changed over time, how the exhibit is managed for animal welfare and enrichment, learn about our captive breeding programmes and working in an ancient woodland.
Brilliant Biodiversity (Terms 4, 5 and 6 only)
This double-length session allows students to carry out environmental sampling techniques including belt transects. Data collected may be analysed after the visit to calculate species richness, diversity indices and compare results to secondary data. Students may draw conclusions on biodiversity and the factors affecting distribution.
To Zoo or not to Zoo?
Students discuss the ethics and roles of Zoos in the context of in situ and ex situ conservation. They assess Wild Place on its animal welfare standards and meet some exotic invertebrates. Students are encouraged to form and express their own opinions and explain their thinking.
Learning from Lemurs
An introduction to animal behaviour, learning how different behaviours affect survival and the importance of behaviour studies in conservation. Students become ethologists, observing and interpreting lemur behaviour, and discovering first-hand some of the challenges of studying live animals.
Get out and explore the beautiful woods and meadows of Wild Place! Navigate your way around the site using simple orienteering skills like map-reading and using a compass to find and complete team challenges. Which team will complete the course in the fastest time - and find all the correct answers?! (Session takes approx. 1 - 1.5hrs)
Kick off the academic year on the right foot, with a series of teambuilding challenges for your group that will help develop positive relationships, build social and communication skills and grow confidence!
Which team will be the first across the ‘river’, stepping only on ‘rocks’?! And which team can make the best mini-raft? Please note activities are subject to change depending on the age and ability of the group. For the ultimate challenge why not add on a Leap of Faith
School of Survival
Double-length session: Students explore the importance of shelter, water and food, and how to find them in the wild. Working in teams to set up base camp, they try different techniques for fire lighting, find ways to collect water, and take part in the campfire challenge.
Using Madagascar as a case-study, students explore the unique biodiversity of the world’s fourth-largest island and explore issues relating to deforestation. The session may include an immersive trail through a Madagascan village and a hands-on encounter with Giant Hissing Cockroaches.
Powerful Plants (Terms 4, 5 and 6 only)
With its wide range of native plants, kitchen garden and nursery, Wild Place is the perfect place to engage your students with all things botanical. Students get hands-on with microscopes to learn about plant structure, nutrition and reproduction. They explore seeds, fruits, pollination, ecosystems, and the dependence of all life on earth on photosynthetic organisms.
Ingenious invertebrates (Terms 4, 5 and 6 only)
Double-length session: Students study invertebrates in contrasting habitats, both terrestrial and aquatic, and identify and classify what they find. The focus may be on habitats, food webs, adaptation or classification.
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