Knowsley Safari launches accessible Autumn/Winter schools programme
The North West’s Knowsley Safari is aiming to make school trips accessible for all this winter, as well as help teachers with resources, with a new range of Covid-safe outdoor and online learning sessions which promise to connect children with nature.
The range of interactive and educational activities is aimed at years one to six and is delivered by experts from the Safari. Sessions aim to bring learning about conservation, animals and the planet, to life and highlights include:
Planet Protectors (starting October 2021) – years one to six, online, FREE
A series of six interactive Live Stream Safari sessions, which aim to inspire children to help protect the planet. Delivered in real-time by on-site conservation educators, each event focuses on a challenge being faced in the natural world, using the Safari’s animals to illustrate. Attendees will discover how they can help sea lions in the battle against single use plastics and how the rainforest can be protected by shopping carefully.
There’s a reward for schools who continue to explore the subject. By submitting proof of a piece of work related to the session, schools will go into a draw to win one of five free class visits to Knowsley Safari. Schools will need to register, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the form on the Knowsley Safari website, to access the sessions, which can also be used after the event – a great resource for teaching about climate change, habitat loss and the natural world.
School Discovery Day (from now and all year round) – ages three to fifteen, from £8.50 per child, minimum 20 children
Bring a class to the Safari and have an animal expert guide you around the UK’s longest Safari Drive. Children will be awestruck with the array of animals to see, including African lions, white rhino, European bison and Bactrian camels, while learning important facts about each species. Safari educators are also available to take children around the Foot Safari, which includes the Amur Tigers’ Russian-inspired habitat. Enquiries can be made via the Knowsley Safari website.
Live Stream Safari School (from now and all year round) – year one to year eleven, £75 per session
If a class can’t physically visit the Safari, a live interactive session can be broadcast directly into the classroom. Multi-location technology means that children can see many different species in these 45-minute sessions. They can even explore behind-the-scenes in places the general public wouldn’t usually see, such as animal food preparation areas. Live Q&A sections with the animal experts make these sessions fully interactive and pre-recorded footage, for example of veterinary procedures, can be included to ensure every topic is as engaging as possible. Subjects include Africa, Habitats, Food & Feeding, Keeper Life, Conservation Champions and Safari Careers. Enquiries can be made through the Knowsley Safari website.
Nikki Mallott, Head of Learning and Discovery at Knowsley Safari, says: “Children need to connect with the natural world and our aim is to bring back the school trip so we can help make this happen. We’ve designed an enjoyable and accessible programme of events to make it easy for schools to provide an exciting, educational experience for their classes. The sessions complement the curriculum and include resources for teachers so the learning can continue.”
For further information visit knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.