Last week I talked about the various opportunities we have for adults to get closer to nature and help out with the work of The Scottish Wildlife Trust. However, getting involved with nature isn’t just for adults so this week I’d like to talk about the various workshops and events available for your kids!
Here at Falls of Clyde, our Wildlife Watch Group (ages 5-13) aims to help youngsters become more interested in nature through fun events such as pond dipping and wildlife watching. The next session is on 18th August where we will be learning all about Bushcraft, including shelter building and fire lighting. This is followed by a Hedgehog Adventure on 8th September, and finally on 6th October we will transform your little ones into Mini Reserve Managers for the day! If you know any budding conservationists that would like to attend, please contact Lynsey Mark for more information (01555 665 262) or meet at the Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre for 10am on the dates above. Please note that sessions run for 2 hours and all children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.
If your children are that little bit older and also want to get involved, we have a final Junior Ranger event on 19th August, suitable for kids aged 10-14. This session will be all about Bumblebees and the kids will learn all about different species of bumblebee and how to identify them. This will include lessons on how to safely catch a bumblebee – just like we rangers do during our surveys! To avoid missing out on the bumblebee fun, you can book this event online today.
In the wider area there is also the Castlemilk Explorers Group, offering something for everyone, with activities ranging from mini beast hunting to natural crafts. The group meets monthly at Castlemilk Stables and the next session will be on 1st September where you can learn all about bats! Please contact Stuart Whittaker for more details (0141 634 2673).
This is just a snippet of the activities available to youngsters across The Trusts network in Scotland. At Falls of Clyde we love helping kids learn new skills by exploring nature, and who knows… we may just discover the next Jane Goodall or David Attenborough living under your roof!
Jenny Mann, Falls of Clyde Assistant Ranger
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