Zoos become Learning Destinations
Three top South West zoos have signed up to a new out-of-hours education scheme.
Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, which are all part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, have become Learning Destinations for the Children’s University scheme.
The scheme recognises children’s participation in out-of-hours learning activities by recording their achievements in passports. It is open to all 5 to 14 year olds. This national initiative is run locally in Devon by Plymouth City Council's Lifelong Learning Department with the help of schools, local organisations, businesses and individuals. For Newquay Zoo the scheme is validated by Cornwall Council.
All three zoos have active education programmes, and jumped at the chance to sign up. Newquay Zoo has signed up for its Junior Keeper Experience scheme to be recognised.
Children are presented with their qualifications at a graduation ceremony held to celebrate their achievements. Learning passports can be bought for £2.00 from participating schools, from any of the Council's libraries or at any of the Children's University lectures or events.
Activities need to be validated by the Children’s University. They must include an element of learning but can cover a wide range from art and cooking to sports clubs.
For more information please see Paignton Zoo Environmental Park & Living Coasts.