Wild Place Project has appointed Rosie Sims as the new learning officer for the attraction.
Rosie will lead a small team to ensure that a visit to Wild Place Project is a fun and memorable learning experience for all.
She will be responsible for delivering a range of outdoor learning sessions for schools and other groups, all of which take place outdoors near the animal enclosures.
Rosie said: “Wild Place has strong links to the changing seasons, so young people also have the opportunity to get to know their own local wildlife and find out what’s on their doorstep.
“Spending time in nature is widely accepted to have significant impacts on wellbeing, and practical activities outdoors can help to develop social skills, teamwork, resilience and self-esteem. “
Rosie is an experienced environmental educator with a broad knowledge of animals, plants, habitats, wildlife conservation and environmental issues, as well as being a qualified forest school practitioner.
She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and understanding after working at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for eight years, most recently as an education and wellbeing officer, and previously as environmental education officer.
Before working at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Rosie worked at Wild Place’s sister attraction, Bristol Zoo Gardens, in the marketing department and as a ranger.
For Rosie this is a dream job. She said: “I’m really excited to be joining such a passionate and enthusiastic team at Wild Place Project. My background in forest school and outdoor learning has made me a strong believer in the importance of re-connecting young people with the natural world. Wild Place provides a fantastic opportunity to do that through the changing seasons.”
She added: “All our sessions are hands-on, with a range of interactive games and activities to engage and inspire.”