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WWT Washington welcomes back school visits

WWT Washington welcomes back school visits

WWT Washington Wetland Centre has opened their doors once again to school pupils.

Forced to close their doors to such excursions in March, the conservation charity is pleased to be able to once again help children reconnect with nature in a safe and secure environment.

A survey conducted by the charity Young Minds revealed that 80% of children felt that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse. Young people across the UK have had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic, having had to adjust to dramatic changes in their education, routines and home life.

The positive impact of time spent in natural environments is well documented and a visit to wetlands allows children the time and space to reap the benefits of the wild outdoors.

WWT Washington’s Learning Manager Joanne Newbury said, “We’re very excited to be welcoming schools back to our wetlands. We’ve really missed interacting with the children, introducing them to nature and often showing them things they have never seen before. Being able to create a love for wildlife and teach children about the importance of wetlands and why they need protecting, is so important.

“The last few months have been a challenging time for teachers and we’ve been working hard to ensure that they and their pupils can still have a fantastic time whilst remaining safe here. It will be great to once again see children’s faces light up as they discover the wonder of wetlands and their wildlife.”

WWT Washington’s curriculum-linked learning sessions make the most of the sprawling open-air environment at the wetland centres and are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. Led by experienced staff, sessions are hands-on, promoting learning through exploration and discovery.

Staff have been spending the last few months putting in place all of the steps necessary to keep school groups and other visitors safe and are now taking bookings. WWT Washington has also been accredited with the “We’re Good to Go” stamp of approval – a UK wide Covid-19 safety standard which ensures they are operating within the relevant government and public health guidance in relation to Coronavirus.

As the current situation remains uncertain, WWT are also guaranteeing that schools can re-book or cancel free of charge should they be unable to visit due to coronavirus.

To find out more, visit WWT’s Learning Zone to find out what’s happening!

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