29 August 2012
Ecology is child's play with the Dream Fund mobile classroom
Families in Fife turned ‘Eco-Explorer’ last weekend, when the Ecology Centre's new mobile classroom went on show for the first time. Funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery, the classroom made its debut at the Centre's summer festival at Kinghorn Loch.
Nine hundred children and their parents had a sneaky peek inside the specially-equipped ‘Eco-Explorers’ tent. Attendees enjoyed a fun day of environmental activities, games, music and crafts, before the mobile outdoor classroom hit the road.
From 6th September, Eco-Explorers will be bringing inspirational lessons in biodiversity, renewable energy and climate change to schools in Fife, the Lothians and Dundee.
The Ecology Centre is an environmental charity, which works with over 6,000 children every year.
In January, the Ecology Centre and its partner, Kingdom Housing Association, were awarded £53,178 from the Dream Fund to equip and run Eco-Explorers for a year.
The Dream Fund is a £400,000 programme which offers financial support for groups looking to work together to realise the project of their dreams. The awards are made possible only by the support of People's Postcode Lottery players. Players have already raised £19.6 Million for charities and good causes across Britain.
Claire Reid, Project Manager, Eco-Explorers, says: “Over the past few years schools have found it harder and harder to cover the costs of visiting places like the Ecology Centre where they can experience nature for the first time and learn why climate change poses such a threat to our environment.
“Our aim is to inspire, enthuse and educate young people about nature and our planet. Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery and the Dream Fund, Eco-Explorers – our mobile classroom – will show them, in simple and fun ways, that we can solve major global issues by acting locally.”
This year's Dream Fund application round is open until 31st October. Further information, including eligibility criteria, can be found at www.postcodetrust.org.uk.