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Nature Detectives Week (For Homeschoolers)

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A week packed with fun, practical activities including planning, species observation skills, collecting evidence and recording data.

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It is so important to engage kids in STEM subjects, and I’m sure many of us have a budding scientist or two in the family. But what about future conservationists? After all, conservation is a science, and here at Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust we work hard to ensure everything we do on our nature reserves and beyond is evidence based. But how do we collect this evidence? What data do we collect and how do we use it? How do we know if it is good quality? Why is data important and what can it tell us?

For answers to all these questions and more, join us for Nature Detectives week, a great learning opportunity from our More Data For Nature team, perfect for kids from 5 -11 years old. It’s designed to help your children understand the importance of data collection with fun, practical activities including planning, species observation skills, collecting evidence and recording it.

We’ve put together a downloadable pack of materials including observation guides for various animals and plants, and guides about collecting data and recording evidence. We’ll also send you an email every weekday from 1 - 5 March, sharing how-to videos and blog posts, to help you plan your Nature Detective experience in the way which works best for you. It all culminates in a packed weekend of family friendly data collection activities and a chance for your kids to ask our scientists anything at a live Q & A session online! When your children send in their discoveries you will receive a link to download a Nature Detectives certificate, to show they have added to the scientific record - and the top five recorders will get a goody bag full of wildlife kit!

Nature Detectives from the More Data for Nature project is Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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