Roots & Shoots comes to Twycross Zoo
Roots & Shoots comes to Twycross Zoo is a collaborative project between Twycross Zoo and the Roots & Shoots branch of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI).
The aim: to bring our joint messages of environmental awareness and our impact on other people and animals to children local to Twycross Zoo that live in Education, Social and Training (EST) deprived areas. To deliver this goal an after-school club programme was developed based on prior experience of both parties and over 100 children from the target schools, aged 9 to 11, took part in one of the six week programmes.
A range of evaluation methods were used to monitor the outcomes on an on-going basis and to establish the impact of the programme, including before and after evaluation sessions (incorporating drawing, questioning, voting and mind-mapping), teacher and parent interviews and leader observations. All aims were met, including successfully recruiting local schools from deprived areas to take part, delivering the programme to over 100 children and through them linking to their families and friends. The programme was successful in increasing the knowledge of the participants around the issues facing people, animals and the environment. There was a significant increase in the number of participants that could identify the threatened species from a list and an increase in the number of pro-environmental actions suggested following the programme.