Combining curriculum with creatures, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo today (12 March 2020) launches a brand new educational outreach programme in a bid to inspire more local students to protect wildlife – be that overseas, in their own back gardens, or even in their schools.
Primary schools local to the Zoo will be able to book outreach visits – with students having the chance to engage with ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s inspiring educators on the role zoos play in conserving endangered animals, climate change, plastic pollution and other key environmental topics in their own school.
Cat Hickey, Education Engagement Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo said: “At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo we know that people are more likely to act for causes they feel a connection to and are passionate about; and we want to inspire as many young people as possible to work for wildlife.
“Our sessions are aligned with the national curriculum, and with a focus on real conservation action that students can take home, we bring important environmental topics to life – using real-world examples from ZSL’s global conservation projects, from tackling illegal wildlife trade to boosting rare dormice numbers in the UK.
Exploring a variety of fascinating topics including species’ habitats and endangered animals, KS1 students will be tasked with matching animals to their specific habitats, while KS2 sessions focus on students trying to piece together how a fake elephant tooth, a honey jar and a camera trap are all linked.
Showcasing the scale of plastic pollution, KS2 sessions will also be accompanied by a life-size replica tuna fish – helping students understand the journey a single piece of plastic can take from a supermarket shelf to the ocean.
Each session delves into important environmental topics, sparking students’ interest in STEM subjects and bringing them a closer understanding of how wildlife health and human health are so closely interlinked.