England’s largest outdoor learning initiative, the Natural Connections Demonstration Project, has just published evidence extolling the benefits of learning outdoors.
The 4-year project has already helped more than 40,000 primary and secondary school pupils from 125 schools to receive education in natural surroundings, and the findings reveal that children are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn when outside of the classroom.
Environment Minister Rory Stewart stated that ‘we learn to love nature as children, and our commitment to nature later in life – respecting it, protecting it, restoring it, or simply enjoying it – is built on that childhood foundation. That’s why it’s so important we give all children the chance to experience the natural world.’
With over 200 native British animals set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood is a place where children can do exactly that. With our wealth of knowledge on our native wildlife, as well as our wide variety of education/conservation programmes, there is plenty here to engage curious minds and allow children to explore the senses.
Every day over the summer, Wildwood hosts a variety of engaging activities and talks for all ages and all visitors and our experienced keepers and education team are always on hand to impart their expert knowledge about our wildlife and natural surroundings.
For curriculum-linked programmes, our qualified tutors and fantastic educational resources make learning come alive. The education team at Wildwood are proud to be LOTC (learning outside the classroom) accredited and provide learning for Pre-School, Primary, Secondary and A Level to Postgraduate levels.
Teachers and group organisers are always welcome to visit the park in advance for a pre-visit inspection for FREE, either independently or to meet the education team and discuss plans for their day.
Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is Kent's best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, see wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain's most threatened wildlife. Wildwood Trust have taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes to date, which include, saving the water vole, using wild horses to help restore Kent's most precious nature reserves, bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and returning the hazel dormouse & red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.
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