As part of our animal sanctuary’s evolving Education & Outreach Programme, we have launched an exciting new project aimed at helping the next generation tackle climate change and global warming.
This is thanks to a £1,000 Community Grant from Tesco, which has allowed us to improve our outdoor learning provisions in order to host school trips specifically focusing on the link between environmental issues such as climate change and our current food systems.
Here at Goodheart, we’re passionate about creating a more sustainable future, not just for ourselves and our animal friends, but for the planet too. Our aim is to educate and inspire younger generations to form a connection with the natural world and take steps to protect it.
As well as covering topics such as food sustainability and animal agriculture, we’ll also look at how day-to-day choices can be a big part of driving positive long-term change. All of this will take place in the beautiful surroundings of our 92 acre sanctuary, which is home to over 300 rescued farm animals as well as local wildlife species.
We can tailor visits to suit your needs, however our standard format would be as follows:
We’ll start the visit in our Indoor Classroom, with a talk all about who we are as an organisation and what we’ll cover throughout the day.
We have several cameras set up across our sanctuary to give us a sneak peek into the natural behaviours of some of the wild animals living on-site without disturbing them. After our welcome talk, we’ll present some of the exciting footage from these alongside discussions regarding how humans are affecting the lives of these native species through climate change and how we can reduce these impacts.
Before lunch, we’ll take a walk around the sanctuary, meet some of our rescued farm animals, and discuss topics such as animal agriculture.
After lunch, we’ll head over to our Outdoor Education Area where we have a number of organic vegetable beds as well as a habitat area. Through a fun and hands-on workshop based around sustainable living, we’ll look at the benefits of growing your own food and supporting local wildlife in order to lower your carbon footprint.
Finally, we’ll end the visit by crafting our own bird feeders or seed bombs which pupils can take away with them, allowing the opportunity to support and observe wildlife at home.
Sustainable Schools sessions are £5 per child with 2 supportive members of staff accompanying free of charge.
Sustainable Schools Visits can be booked from April through to October. Visits start at 10:15am and finish at 2:00pm.
A big thank you to Tesco for awarding us the £1,000 grant money, which has gone towards wildlife cameras, gardening equipment, and classroom supplies such as seed bomb kits to support our learning outcomes.