Rewarding and challenging in equal measure, working with schools is vital to support new environmentally conscious generations. BUT we can often find ourselves exasperated, struggling to get schools involved or defaulting to the same age groups. Meanwhile schools get equally frustrated with barriers to their engagement.
Join our panel of formal education professionals to take a teachers eye view and explore ways that the sector can better cater for students through primary, secondary and beyond.
Gain insights into the pressures and challenges for formal educators to get involved with conservation organisations
Develop concepts for working with formal education institutions and staff, working towards a framework for collaboration
About the Speaker
DR BECKY PARKER After a physics degree and research at the University of Chicago, Becky taught in a variety of schools and was Senior Lecturer in physics at the University of Kent. She now is Director of the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) based in Canterbury. IRIS supports school students and teachers doing authentic, cutting edge research in a wide range of areas including physics, space science, biomedical science, chemistry, marine science, energy, transport and engineering. Becky was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 and earlier this year was awarded the Kavli Education Medal from the Royal Society.
For more information about IRIS: www.researchinschools.org
SESSION CHAIR SIMON GARRETT is Head of Conservation Learning at Bristol Zoological Society. He started off catching minnows in the Thames, and finding woodlice under bits of wood. Much, much later he gained a Biology degree at the University of Bristol and then secured a summer job at Bristol Zoo Gardens painting faces, doing animal encounters, writing and illustrating education packs, etc.
After leading an ecological study expedition to Venezuela’s Henri Pittier National Park, he secured a job as an Education Officer at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Now Head of the Conservation Learning Department (encompassing Education, Graphics, Rangers, Volunteers, Theming, Conservation Campaigns …) Simon is responsible for all matters to do with learning at Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.
Simon has been an active participant in national, European and international conferences for the last 20+ years. He sits on the Steering Group of BNHC.
Simon’s particular interest is in harnessing the opportunity of face-to-face engagement with people (zoo visitors, schools, etc) to maximise the zoo’s impact in biodiversity conservation.
This toolbox session is part of Communicate 2016: Swapping Spectacles. Communicate is the UK's annual, two-day conference for environmental communicators. For full conference rates, programme and bookings please visit www.communicatenow.org.uk
if you would like to book on to this session only please continue through the Eventbrite process to booking and payment. Please access single sessions via the Conservation Education Centre entrance on Guthrie Road - do not queue up with the zoo guests at the main entrance.