17/03/2017 in RZSS
At the beginning of February, we visited schools in East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow City Council and Fife. It was great to see so many children enjoying finding out about Scottish wildlife!
West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, and North and South Lanarkshire were also local authorities visited during February. We had a very busy first few weeks travelling all over the Central Belt.
During the February holidays, we spent some valuable time in the office working on the online resources. We received a training day with Synergy Learning, after which we felt more confident developing our Moodle site, and added to the resources already on there to make it even more enjoyable for school classes. You can check out our fun, interactive online resources on Scottish wildlife at http://learning.rzss.org.uk/
We were lucky to be asked to the launch of the Edinburgh International Science Festival which was great to be part of. We are looking forward to the event in April during which the Wild about Scotland bus will be parked outside Summerhall, in the Grassmarket and at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo during the two weeks it is on.
This month we also attended the Outdoor and Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland Networking event. OWL Scotland is dedicated to increasing the use of Scotland's outdoor environments for learning and we had a fantastic weekend getting involved in workshops with likeminded people, and thinking of ways to encourage more people to use the outdoors as a space for learning. We learnt a lot and plan to bring these ideas into our sessions.
Scottish Environment Link week was also in February and we were delighted to be invited to the ‘Future is Now’ event. During the event at the Scottish Parliament we were able to speak to MSPs (such as Jeremy Balfour (pictured) and Alexander Burnett) and tell them all about this amazing programme.
We began our first away trip of the year during the last few days of the month. We headed north to Aberdeenshire and Moray with amazing scenery on the way. Oh and not forgetting pancake day to finish the month off with a good day full of pancakes J.
Next month is a celebratory month for us where we celebrate our 400th school! We are looking forward to that and the rest of the month where we will be visiting all these local authorities: Aberdeenshire, Angus, Clackmannanshire, East and South Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow City, North and South Lanarkshire, Stirling, and West Lothian. What a busy month ahead!
See you next month,
Kirsty and Rosie
Wild about Scotland Education Officers
“The children loved the workshop and were completely engaged with the learning.” Crail PS
“Well delivered, interesting and children were engaged throughout! Thank you.” St Bernadette's PS