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Wild Foods of the Forest – the good forager

           Good foraging reminds us we are part of nature

Autumn is my favourite season of the year; I enjoy the changing colours of the woodlands, dewy spider webs and especially the ‘wild food’ treasures hung brightly within hedgerows. ‘Blackberrying’ is often one of our first experiences of nature. Even toddlers quickly learn how to identify blackberry fruits!

Foraging for wild foods is a wonderful activity for getting outdoors in all weathers to learn about and connect with nature. It increases our observational and sensory skills and deepens our relationship to the natural world. Continue reading Wild Foods of the Forest – the good forager

New members in the Learning Lab!

 

paultons-park-mini-beastWith a heavy focus now on biology in the National Curriculum (with a particular emphasis on animal adaptation, classification and habitats) the Education team welcomed a range of new inhabitants into the Learning Lab. This allowed the Paultons team to create a new workshop and offer a memorable experience for visitors.

 

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“Science in the Park” at Paultons Park

Paultons-Park-school-science-dayOn Friday, 11th March 2016, Paultons Park hosted “Science in the Park”. This special event as part of British Science Week celebrated all things science; with over 420 students and teachers attending a series of free workshops as part of their school visit to the Park.

We were delighted to welcome a group of bloggers from Wellow School in Hampshire. Here is their account…

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Getting Ready for a New Season at Paultons Park

professor blast paultonsThe 2016 season is nearly upon the Paultons Park Education Team and there is more than ever to look forward to this year when booking a school trip!

From unique learning days to reward trips, Paultons Park offers a great day out for school visits to the New Forest.

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Drawing from nature – nature journals

Capturing observations and feelings about nature
         Capturing observations and feelings about nature

Creating a nature journal or field guide can be a richly rewarding experience. It is the perfect way to develop and record an understanding of the natural world around you by using observation, reflection, drawing and creative writing.  Traditionally, nature study journals were more of a scientific way to record observations, but they can also be a wonderful way of capturing memories and feelings about nature experiences. Follow these guidelines for project ideas and drawing tips to get started. Continue reading Drawing from nature – nature journals

Paultons Park as a Topic ‘Hook’

Children from Redbridge School were keen to show us their ride ideas!
Children from Redbridge School were keen to show us their ride ideas!

Following on from a visit in September, we were pleased to hear that the children of Redbridge Primary School had enjoyed their visit so much that they had gone away to design and build their own rides for our new area ‘Lost Kingdom’.

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Girl Guiding UK at Lepe Country Park

english_compact_pantoneHere at Lepe we have been welcoming groups from Girl Guiding UK to discover the fascinating history of our underground monitoring post.

The 2nd Dibden Purlieu Brownie Pack joined us on a special evening to find out all about the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) and the work they did to protect the local people. They used their reporter skills to find out how the underground monitoring post was used to monitor radiation and warn the public. We then used our findings to write postcards to loved ones.

The girls worked so hard that they all achieved their Culture Badge!

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Holbury and District Trefoil group also came along to Lepe to meet two ROC volunteers in person and ask them all about their duties as part of the ministry defence.

DSC_9178webAs well as talking through the equipment and its uses we viewed the monitoring post using our inverted periscope; to see down below ground.

If you are interested in bringing a Brownies or Guides group along to work towards their Culture Badge, or if you know a Trefoil group that would like to come and find out more, then please contact Nia.Crouch@hants.gov.uk.