The power of nature fuels young minds

Thursday 30th July 2015

children learning about nature at EcoParkpower of nature

Nearly 200 pupils from five schools have been inspired by outdoor education sessions at The Wildlife Trust’s EcoPark thanks to funding from Western Power Distribution.

Children, some of whom have never had the chance to explore wild spaces, have been experiencing the natural world through a range of activities including day visits with curriculum-led learning and also after school clubs where smaller groups have been learning new skills in forest schools.

This funding has provided a vital extra element to their educational experiences, as natural play and exploration helps to build confidence and self-esteem, develops curiosity and an understanding of the natural world and helps to keep children healthy and happy.

Education Officer, Guy Belding, of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country said: “This funding from Western Power has given a big boost to local children and allowed more of them to experience the wonders of nature here at the EcoPark. The sessions have been a great success and we are sure that they will have instilled an excitement about nature that will stay with these children for a long time.”

Tracy Carr, Community Liaison Officer from Western Power Distribution added: “Giving children these hands-on nature sessions can often open up a whole new world they can explore and enjoy. I am delighted this project provided the children with such excitement.”

The Wildlife Trust are also running a host of free family activities over the summer to engage more people with wildlife, both at EcoPark and on other sites. Check the website www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/whats-on for more details.
 

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