In 2018, the outdoor learning team at Wild Place piloted a new programme designed to engage hard-to-reach groups with the natural world, improve health and wellbeing, and inspire a lifelong love of nature. This original project was made possible through a Nature Connect grant provided by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Evaluation showed a statistically significant increase in both nature connection and wellbeing among participants.
With a new focus on increasing our reach, Bristol Zoological Society decided to continue this wellbeing programme during summer 2019. With transport often a barrier preventing groups from being able to access Wild Place, the international youth charity Green Teen Team stepped in and provided funding to cover the cost of minibuses to get groups to and from the site. Green Teen Team aims to empower young people to be able to make changes to their lives, the lives of others and the life of the planet.
Thanks to their generous support, Bristol charities were able to visit Wild Place Project and take part in a series of sessions during the school holidays.
‘Thanks so much for the sessions; the families absolutely loved it, especially the den building and fire lighting.’
‘The feedback that we've had has been fab and I think it's really been a great experience for them.’
Following the success of the project so far, the learning team will continue to develop the wellbeing programme alongside our partner, Green Teen Team. We look forward to continuing in 2020 and beyond!