SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME
Working in collaboration with local primary schools we are providing an engaging education in environmental sustainability through creative outdoor experiences that inspire, educate and nurture a respect for the natural environment. Encouraging children to understand the world around them, igniting their curiosity & broadening their career opportunities.
Each school is able to take up to 420 children over 7 exciting day trips where they will discover more about forestry, biodiversity, energy, food, water, waste and sustainable cities. Visits include the UK’s largest community solar farm, a real MRF recycling centre, tree and biodiversity planting, cookery classes at at a farm, river workshops and finally the children have the opportunity to build an entire sustainable city out of lego.
The programme has been designed to support the national curriculum whilst delivering a much needed education in climate change solutions
The children travel down the river avon on Bellboats accompanied by Warwickshire Wildlife teachers, taking a journey through an inland water ecosystem to gain a better understanding of why we need to protect and enhance the most valuable, natural resources on the planet. The children can appreciate how important rivers are for water purification, rainwater storage and wildlife conservation
The children have the amazing opportunity to visit a real MRF recycling centre followed by a series of workshops illistrating the impacts of waste, what can and can't be recycled and what things can become when recycled effectively. Children are inspired to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle and make behavioural changes.
The children visit the Stratford Butterfly Farm before going on to discover healthy soils, composting and food chains. They make wildlife habitats and search for bats, birds, insects and small mammals to develop a love of nature. They will help to design the new Action Station biodiversity space at Stratford train station to support pollinator corridors throughout the town and will gain a good understanding of biodiversity and the importance of healthy ecosystems.
Working in collaboration with the Heart of England Community Energy which is the UK’s largest community solar farm just outside of Stratford, the children will tour the huge solar panels to get a better understanding of renewable energy opportunities and careers. They will take part in renewable energy and energy saving workshops delivered by STEM Action, Act on Energy and Anesco to support them in their understanding of energy sources, savings and opportunities
The children visit Vale Fresco Farm to see the basics of food production, soil health, seasonal eating and the importance of biodiversity. They cook a delicious meal from the fruit and vegetables they've harvested themselves and eat a healthy lunch together. Encouraging healthy eating, nurturing a connection with food from field to fork.
Working in collaboration with the Heart of England Forest, the children are transported to the forest to plant trees and visit a mature to learn about the importance of trees and animals. This encourages a connection with nature and a desire to protect and plant more trees.
Using £5000 worth of Lego generously donated by Wates Construction, the children design and build a giant Lego sustainable city to illustrate how a city should be designed. Including energy solutions, low carbon buildings, smart LED street lighting, tree lined streets, green walls, light rail, autonomous vehicles, electric and Hydrogen vehicle charging, recycling, waste to energy plants and future homes, they children get a great understanding of how things could be.
RESOURCES & CAREER OPPS
Schools are supplied with lesson plans to help consolidate what they've learnt out on the visits and classroom resources to encourage the children to keep connecting with nature.
This is a very formative time in children’s lives, the programme illustrates the range of environmental and sustainable career opportunities available, providing inspiration for work in the energy, transport, ecology, conservation, construction and water industries.