Education team launches online 'Wild About Learning' hub

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has launched an online ‘Wild About Learning’ hub for teachers and parents to inspire the next generation of nature lovers and conservationists.

The education team usually works with children and young people through outreach work with schools, nurseries and play schemes, and activities at the Trust's nature reserves across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

A new online hub - warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wildaboutlearning - will now make the team’s work even more accessible for teachers and families by sharing how-to videos, outdoor learning ideas and educational resources.

With a range of forest school themes, Wild About Learning provides virtual sessions for three age groups: Nature Tots for pre-school children; Nature Club for primary school ages; and Call of the Wild for teenagers.

Vicky Dunne, Education Manager for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We wanted to give every school and every parent on our patch the opportunity and the confidence to take children outdoors and do something a little bit wild or creative, whether they are on the playground, exploring a park or in their garden at home.

“It has been an extremely challenging year for everyone but we have all probably begun to see how important nature is for us and also our children. It may have been that one hour of exercise in the early days where you noticed the seasons change, or enjoying those local wild spaces you never even knew existed.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has given our education team an opportunity to take a step back and develop something a little bit different and we hope that going forward, our Wild About Learning hub will make our work even more accessible to local schools and families.”

Education manager Vicky ready for woodland maths session, credit Paula Irish WKWT

Vicky Dunne, Education Manager, delivering a virtual Wild About Learning session, credit Paula Irish WKWT

“If you’re a teacher or parent we’re really hoping that these resources will help to make life for you, your child or your class a little wilder!”
Vicky Dunne, Education Manager
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

The online project is part of the education team’s Wild About Learning outdoor programme for children and young people in Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, which is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The team hopes its online Wild About Learning hub will be useful both while its activities are restricted by Covid-19 and into the future, encouraging schools and families to independently deliver their own outdoor learning, with 15 virtual sessions currently available and more to be added over the coming months.

Will Humpington, Advisor for Climate Change and Environment at People's Postcode Lottery, said: "Our players will be delighted that their support has helped create these fabulous online resources that will enable children to have fun outside and learn about nature, particularly during this difficult time for everyone."

Among the schools where Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's education team works with staff to help deliver forest school sessions, is Oak Wood Schools Academy in Nuneaton. Emma Harrison, Class Teacher, said that pupils had enjoyed the Wild About Learning videos alongside their activities: “They made us smile and helped us to remember how important it is to look after wildlife. We loved the bats video and decided to research some bats ourselves. That was really fun! We have learnt lots and love being outdoors, even in the cold!”

To find out more about Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Wild About Learning hub or access one of the virtual Nature Tots, Nature Club or Call of the Wild sessions, visit: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wildaboutlearning

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