Embrace Cooperation Ltd Three Year South London Nature Conservation Project

Funded by the City Bridge Trust, the city of London Corporation’s Charity.

Brixton-based (not-for-profit) company Embrace Cooperation Ltd has been awarded a £80,000 grant over three years by the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity.

The project started early July 2012 and the grant will fund a full time project nature conservation manager for the next three years.

The grant will go towards funding a full-time Project Nature Conservation Manager for the next three years. This role will enable Embrace to work at different locations in South London, maximizing the impact of its work in a variety of areas, including: free nature conservation, environmental education activities for the general public and tailor-made activities for schools, youth groups and community groups.

If you are interested in finding out more information please contact Embrace about this project, future Embrace events, tailor made activities and/or volunteering on Embrace projects, please phone 020 7274 9450, email john.c@myembrace.org or check out Embrace Cooperation Ltd website www.myembrace.org.

      

Nature walk in Dulwich Upper Wood

Nature walk in Dulwich Upper Wood

Working with Nursery, Primary and  Secondary Schools, Colleges and Youth Groups

Most Embrace free environmental education activities are tailor made for each school, youth organisation or College depending on their individual requirements. These environmental education activities can be tied to curriculum studies or can just be fun activities. Our activities aim to encourage students/ members to learn about their local environment and use their local green spaces. Depending on the activity and size of the group our project manager  shall also supply all the required equipment and organise DBS checked volunteers to help run the activity. Activities can be done at a local park or at the participating partner’s centre / school. Embrace also has experience of working with students with learning difficulties & physical disabilities.

Students on nature walk

Students on nature walk

Environmental Education activities that can be run by Embrace for students include:

Fun Nature Themed Games – Variety of fun games to encourage students to think about nature.

Fire making forest school Elam St Open Space Lambeth London-3

Mini bug hotel made from Elder tree

Creating bird feeders – Messy fun for younger children to help their local birds

Creating smelly nature perfume or magic potions –  Using smelly plants like herbs and flowers younger children experiment using various nature items to find which ones smell nice, then create their own perfume from the nature items they found. Through using role play and imagination create magic potions from natural items.

Bird feeders made by 3 & 4 year olds

Bird feeders made by 3 & 4 year olds

Geographic-biological fieldwork – The participants will identify selected common tree species by looking at their characteristics and using ID charts, then map their location. The young people gain basic tree ID knowledge and mapping skills.

Measuring environments – Using light meters, thermometers, wind meters & ph meters participants will measure & record the differences in various nature habitats in an area.

School Student helping to plant trees for wildlife hedge

School student helping to plant trees for wildlife hedge

Plant quiz – Using prepared worksheets students / young people in groups will search the area to find examples of the plants.

Tree quiz – Using prepared worksheets  participants in groups will search the area to find the trees which corresponds.

Bug hotel Elam St Open Space London

Bug hotel Elam St Open Space Lambeth London

Tree scientists – Aimed at younger children, each group picks a tree in the park which they have to do a report on – doing bark rubbings – collecting leaves / seeds from the tree – drawing the tree.

Tree beating – Investigating insects living in a variety of trees using white sheets, pooters, bug pots, magnifying glasses and ID charts. Participants will gather the insects found and ID them with help of Embrace staff / volunteers using ID charts.

School student planting tree

School student planting tree

Pond life survey – Using pond dipping equipment and ID charts participants in small groups will investigate pond life.

Mini Beast hunts / nature scavenging – Hunting for mini beasts & nature objects using bug pots, insect nets, magnifying glasses and ID charts.

School students doing plant ID survey

School students doing plant ID survey

GPS nature hunt – Using handheld GPS devices (pre set up for each event) and digital cameras. Participants in groups will find selected items using cryptic clues and approximate location which is pre set in the GPS devices.

Nature trail / treasure hunt orienteering Participants in groups follow a trail to various check points or to a specific nature treasure using maps and compass.

Pond dipping secondary school students Lambeth London

School students taking part in pond dipping activity at wildlife pond in West Norwood Park Lambeth

Orienteering – Using prepared maps and compasses the children shall work in small groups to find answers to questions about set locations on a prepared route around a London green space.

Mini wormery – Children collect worms and make mini wormeries using glass jars, sand & soil.

School students doing tree ID activity

School students doing tree ID activity

Nature collages – In small groups the students will create collages / pictures / stories from nature items found by students on previous nature walk / or from school nature area.

Nature walks – Guided walk around a site and incorporating simple nature activities. For example walks can be combined with finding & collecting nature items (which can be used for activities on walk or on another day), building simple objects from sticks / leaves etc, story telling, facts about site (history, folk tales etc), leaf / bark rubbing, nature treasure hunt, and loads more.

Woodland shelter created by primary school students

Woodland shelter created by primary school students

Creating woodland shelters – Students in small groups will design and build shelters from natural materials in a London park or woodland.

Nature jewelry – Using various different designs and methods children make crowns, necklaces, wrist bands and badges.

3D or 2D modeling – Using modelling clay / plasticine, sticks and other natural items collected, children use their imagination to create 3D or 2D models.

Grass head

Grass head made at pre-school centre, grass hair will grow in about 1 week

Creating a wind chime &/or mobile from nature items – In small groups the students will collect nature items from either the school wildlife area or a local park and these items will be used to make the wind chime &/or mobile.

Embrace can also run free Practical Nature Conservation Activities for groups from schools & colleges.

School students doing nature survey

School students doing nature survey

Working with Community Groups

Through this project Embrace can work with community groups to run joint practical nature conservation and environmental education activities. We can help supervise and organise teams of corporate volunteers / Embrace volunteers to work at partner sites.  Plus we are also interested in working with partners to develop grant-funding bids for joint future projects. Plus we are happy to talk to find out if there are other ways we can help.

If you are interested in finding out more information please contact Embrace about this project, future Embrace events, tailor made activities and/or volunteering on Embrace projects, please phone 020 7274 9450, email john.c@myembrace.org

Volunteers doing practical nature conservation on Streatham Common

Volunteers doing practical nature conservation on Streatham Common

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