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Dec 1, 2008

Going Wild in the Holidays

Going wild in the holidays! from Woburn Safari Park  
Summer School with animals 

Woburn Safari Park’s holiday programme comprises of ‘A Week on the Wild Side’, a five day non residential camp for children aged 8-12 years and ‘Wild Workshops’, day long programmes for children aged 5-16.

The aims of this project were to give children exciting hands-on experiences with animals, to increase their understanding of animals. All of these experiences involve hands on activities with a wide range of animals as well as opportunities to learn about animals and conservation.

Typical activities included washing elephants, making and giving different types of enrichment to animals, feeding, and going behind the scenes of animal enclosures. These activities were interspaced with educational games and taught sessions. In 2007, four weeks of ‘A Week on the Wild Side’ were run and 200 children attended day workshops. In 2008, another four weeks of ‘A Week on the Wild Side’ were run and, to date, 350 children have booked or attended day workshops.

This programme was evaluated using feedback surveys and results used to assess our performance and to make modifications or improvements for future years. Pre and post testing was used to assess learning and staff feedback was also sought.

This evaluation showed that this project had achieved its aims of increasing children’s knowledge of animals and conservation, their knowledge of the relevance of animal collections to conservation and why enrichment is important. It also enabled us to determine that we had achieved the aim of giving children a fun, interactive and educational experience. 

Developed by:  Woburn Safari Park

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