Key stage 3
Motivate your students with an inspiring visit to Wild Place that will challenge their preconceptions, develop teambuilding and communication skills, and engage them with environmental issues.
‘Great day out- great mix of fun/physical and knowledge of nature.’
- NEW! Ecosystem Relationships: Food webs, interdependence, predator/prey relationships
- Powerful Plants (Terms 4, 5 & 6 only): Plant structure and function, using microscopes, pollination and seed dispersal
- Brilliant Biodiversity (Terms 4, 5 & 6 only): Practical field sampling, quadrats and transects
- Wild About Wolves – Now in Bear Wood! Wolf adaptation and teamwork, habitat loss in the UK
- Why the long neck? Evolution, adaptation and natural selection
- Wild Orienteering: Exploration, navigation, teamwork, map-reading, compass skills
- Team Challenge: Various activities to build social skills and help develop positive relationships
- School of Survival: Fire lighting, den building, campfire cooking, teamwork
- Learning from Lemurs: An introduction to studying animal behaviour
- To Zoo or not to Zoo? Ethics and roles of Zoos, in situ and ex situ conservation
- Amazing Madagascar: The wildlife of Madagascar, deforestation and conservation
NEW! Ecosystem Relationships
Discover the complexity of food webs, how organisms in an ecosystem are interdependent and how they can be affected by changes in their environment. Looking at the animals of Bear Wood and using biofacts like skulls, find out the adaptations of carnivores and how they survive.
Powerful Plants (Terms 4, 5 & 6 only)
With its wide range of native plants, kitchen garden and nursery, Wild Place is the perfect place to engage your students with all things botanical. Students get hands-on with microscopes to learn about plant structure, nutrition and reproduction. They explore seeds, fruits, pollination, ecosystems, and the dependence of all life on earth on photosynthetic organisms.
Brilliant Biodiversity (Terms 4, 5 & 6 only)
Find out about the work of local conservationists, and have a go at environmental sampling techniques including random sampling with quadrats, and a belt transect across a path. Data collected may be analysed after the visit.
Wild About Wolves – Now in Bear Wood!
Exploring our exciting new Bear Wood exhibit, students learn the truth about wolves, discover why wolves howl and find their pack by smell alone. Through a series of games, students also learn about wolf adaptation and take part in the predator-prey challenge!
Why the long neck?
Adaptation and evolution come to life through games and hands-on exploration. Looking at Wild Place’s animals, particularly giraffes, students discover how adaptation and natural selection can lead to evolution.
Get out and explore the beautiful woods and meadows of Wild Place! Navigate your way around the site using simple orienteering skills like map-reading and using a compass to find and complete team challenges. Which team will complete the course in the fastest time - and find all the correct answers?! (Session takes approx. 1-1.5hrs)
Kick off the academic year on the right foot, with a series of teambuilding challenges for your group that will help develop positive relationships, build social and communication skills and grow confidence!
Which team will be the first across the ‘river’, stepping only on ‘rocks’?! And which team can make the best mini-raft? Please note activities are subject to change depending on the age and ability of the group. For the ultimate challenge why not add on a Leap of Faith
School of Survival
Double-length session: Students explore the importance of shelter, water and food, and how to find them in the wild. Working in teams to set up base camp, they try different techniques for fire lighting, find ways to collect water, and take part in the campfire challenge.
Learning from Lemurs:
An introduction to animal behaviour, learning how different behaviours affect survival and the importance of behaviour studies in conservation. Students become ethologists, observing and interpreting lemur behaviour, and discovering first-hand some of the challenges of studying live animals.
To Zoo or not to Zoo?
Students discuss the ethics and roles of Zoos in the context of in situ and ex situ conservation. They assess Wild Place on its animal welfare standards and meet some exotic invertebrates. Students are encouraged to form and express their own opinions and explain their thinking.
Using Madagascar as a case-study, students explore the unique biodiversity of the world’s fourth-largest island and explore issues relating to deforestation. The session may include an immersive trail through a Madagascan village and a hands-on encounter with Giant Hissing Cockroaches.
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