Education professionals from across Somerset are coming together for a conference in Taunton to reconnect children and young people with nature.
The conference is being organised by Somerset Wildlife Trust in response to Project Wild Thing - a national movement to get more children outside and reconnecting with nature. It is aimed at anyone working with children or young people, from early years to A level and will explore why getting outdoors is so important. It takes place at Bishop Fox’s School, Taunton, on Thursday 15th May, and includes a screening of the engaging film, Project Wild Thing.
Acclaimed TV producer, author and naturalist, Stephen Moss (right) is Somerset Wildlife Trust’s President and keynote speaker at the conference. Stephen said: “We want children in Somerset to fall in love with nature. We believe that taking children outside to learn is vitally important to fostering a real and relevant connection to their environment.”
Celebrating 50th anniversary
The conference is one of the special events taking place during the Trust’s 50th Anniversary year to encourage local people to ‘Love Somerset, Love nature’. The Trust runs an extensive education programme and all activities are hands on, engaging and designed to make children fall in love with nature. The Trust provides curriculum linked, outdoor learning opportunities for primary and secondary schools exploring woodland, meadow and wetland habitats on its nature reserves. It also holds free events for families at its Wildlife Watch Clubs, with activities including natural arts and crafts and foraging and campfire cooking.
Conference places are still available and can be booked via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01823 652400, before Friday 9th May.