Our role in the Festival of Nature is primarily to make sure more people are included. We love it because we get to do all the fun stuff!
We work with Stroud Nature to make sure that hard to reach groups get involved in the wonderful opportunities that are available from the Stroud Nature Forum throughout the summer. We met with 6 community groups to plan bespoke activities and gave them a wonderful day in nature, painting, walking, flying hawks, canoeing and more. We saw people claiming their local places and gaining confidence to do more of the same independently. For some the experience was life changing.
300 primary school children explored the natural world, encountering live specimens and talking to experts about their roles in conservation and discovery. They recorded observations and impressions in personal Nature Ambassador Passports, receiving a stamp representing the encounter.
Every child was personally invited to bring their families to the Stroud Festival of Nature in July. See more about all the work Stroud Nature does on the Stroud Nature website.
Following the success of our education programme in 2015 and 2016 we are looking forward to a fantastic summer getting more children and teachers learning outside the classroom and helping schools realise the health and well being benefits for everyone involved.
As part of the Stroud Festival of Nature 2016, and in collaboration with the Museum in the Park and Stroud Nature we ran five brilliant days of Meet the Experts in Stroud’s beautiful arboretum and very special museum.