On Friday 9 February 2018 Knowsley Safari closed its doors to schools – allowing the Learning and Discovery team to focus on delivering a day purely for home educated children and their families. The theme of the day was “Classifications” and the event sold out, seeing 93 people visit between 10:00am and 3:00pm to take part in various hands–on activities. The aim was to broaden the audience the zoo deliver education programmes to – as well as provide a fun, engaging, interactive, interesting and enjoyable experience to those not in traditional school education.
The activities ran were a guided tour of the safari drive on the baboon bus, a mini discovery workshop where children learnt about the 5 vertebrate groups, with the aid of camel fur, an ostrich egg and feather and a close encounter with Anna the royal python, Yoda the White’s tree frog and Logan the bearded dragon. We also delivered some activities at the wolf enclosure, arranged a meet and greet with Ernie our Chaco owl and searched for minibeasts in our woodland walk.
We received some great feedback from parents, including the following –
“Just wanted to say what a brilliant day we had yesterday. You have inspired my daughter to work with animals, and she found the whole thing a joy. She definitely learned lots of interesting facts and for next week’s project she will write up her experience, many thanks to you and all the staff for your hard work”
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