Linking young people with our biosphere
Biosphere Explorers 3, running from November 2022 to July 2023, is funded by Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership and Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland. Thanks to this funding we are able to expand the geographical area of our project to include more schools who will receive a free education session and loan of the resource packs. We hope this will help to embed the resource packs into classrooms, and teachers will request the loan of them for years to come.
Biosphere Explorers 1 & 2 was an education programme run by CCC and funded by Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, and additionally Holywood Trust and Barfil Trust funded the first project. The project aimed to reconnect young people with the local natural environment through a series of workshops and outdoor lessons. The workshops use the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere as a focus for learning, linking the beautiful place we live in with issues which affect us all, and encouraging the children to find positive ways of dealing with these issues. Climate change and Biodiversity are discussed at length as is Sustainability. Many of these workshops are available for parents and teachers - see below.
From Biosphere Explorers 2, two lesson plans and one experiment series are available for use. The lesson plans include activity descriptions, the benchmarks of the CfE met, and the resources needed. The experiment series, on Soil and Water Erosion, includes an introduction and experiment video, as well as a companion activity card and discussion card.
From Biosphere Explorers 1, a legacy pack was produced to give teachers the information required to carry on the message with future classes. Access to this pack is free, and is aimed at the 9-11 age group (Second Stage of the Curriculum For Excellence). A Sense of Place contains the classroom workshops, while Out & About in the Biosphere details opportunities for outdoor learning in the Biosphere. Both parts closely follow the Outcomes and Experiences outlined in the Curriculum For Excellence. Click on the covers below to explore the Legacy Packs.