Marine Environment Education Programme is on right wavelength

P1 Marine Foundation adopts hands-on, outdoor learning approach to introduce school children to coastal habitats, marine conservation and renewable energy.

“The pupils found the day very interesting, and thoroughly enjoyed searching for organisms in the rock pools. Some said it was the first time they had ever done anything like that. The day made the students think about what is happening to our coastline, how we have been trying to protect it, and why.” Joanne Taylor - Ellington and Hereson School, Kent

A pilot project this summer to show school children the importance of protecting the marine environment has received a big thumbs-up from students and teachers alike. Devised and carried out by P1 Marine Foundation, with financial support from The Crown Estate, the programme highlighted the threats to our seas and coastlines and also demonstrated the benefits of renewable energy.

The outdoor learning sessions involved trips to the North Kent coast, with almost 200 children aged 11 to 14 from schools in London and Kent taking part in interactive activities. Sabrina Taseer at P1 Marine Foundation says: “We joined forces with Kent Wildlife Trust and Vattenfall, one of the biggest wind power operators in the UK, to deliver a wide-ranging programme that covered the history and geology of the area around Reculver, exploration of coastal rock pools, conservation and wind power which are relevant in the National Curriculum. The results from student feedback forms and emails from teachers clearly show that the pilot scheme achieved what we set out to do and we are now planning to expand the scheme from April 2014.”

The Foundation seeks not only to alert young people to the increasing threats to our environment but also to focus on the importance of personal responsibility and fire their imaginations about how they can help shape the future.

“As more and more children, particularly those living in cities, seem to be coming detached from nature we believe that it is important to introduce them to our wonderful coast with all its beauty and resources as part of the bigger objective of helping them understand and enjoy the great outdoors” adds Sabrina. “The interactive nature of the sessions provided the students with real life experiences and we are excited about growing the scheme next year.”

For further details contact P1 Marine Foundation on +44 (0) 207 258 8436.

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