THE ‘Wild About Learning’ online hub of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is to expand to help more children and young people get closer to nature.
The Trust’s education team runs outreach sessions with schools, nurseries and play schemes, and activities at nature reserves across Solihull, Warwickshire and Coventry.
A virtual ‘Wild About Learning’ hub with 15 online sessions was launched in January 2021 to inspire the next generation of conservationists by making the team’s work even more accessible for children and their parents, carers and teachers.
The project has now been expanded to offer a total of 27 online sessions with videos, educational resources and activity sheets for all ages from tots to teens.
Education manager Vicky Dunne said: “We are delighted to have now added more sessions to our online hub to make our resources and know-how even more widely available for anyone who wants to help children benefit from outdoor play and learning.
“We know from experience that children thrive outside not only in relation to exploring the curriculum but also in terms of life skills and wellbeing. We hope sharing our ideas will give parents and teachers the confidence to get outdoors with their children and pupils more often, and encourage all ages to enjoy the natural world on their doorstep, whether that’s in the park, at home in the garden or on their school playground.”
Wild About Learning both on the ground and now online provides forest school-themed sessions for three age groups: Nature Tots for pre-school children; Nature Club for primary school ages; and Call of the Wild for teenagers.
Topics range from dinosaurs and teddy bears for younger children to minibeasts, food chains and geology for Key Stages 1 & 2 and bush craft for teenagers.
To find out more visit: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wildaboutlearning